Specialising in landscapes of Cornwall and wildlife of the UK
natural history photographer
images of Cornwall
Latest News and Events:
David has had two images chosen as 'finalists' in the International Garden Photographer of the Year for 2012. The winners will be announced on the 1st of March 2013. The images in question show a song thrush feeding on holly berries, in David's garden, and a view of heather on the North Cliffs near Hell's Mouth, in Cornwall.
David is to judge a photo/writing competition for Cornwall Hospice Care. Three winners will be awarded free places on a photography workshop led by David at Swanpool, near Falmouth on 9th September. Entrants are asked to submit a photograph of their favourite place in Cornwall and in no more than 50 words explain why it is so special to them. Entries must be received by July 31st 2012 and can be sent by post to The Calendar Competition, Cornwall Hospice Care, Daniels Lane, Holmbush, St Austell, PL25 3HS or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (A further three places will be available for a cost of £25 each, the proceeds going to Cornwall Hospice Care)David has provided the photos for the Cornwall Hospice care calendar for 2013. This will be launched during May at their hospices in St Austell (1st of May) and Hayle (9th of May). Look out for the calendar in Cornwall Hospice Care shops soon after these dates.
At the end of April (29th) David is leading two photography walks at Pencarrow House and Garden (near Bodmin); these are part of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's summer of Open Gardens intended to raise money during their 50th anniversary year.
David has just returned from leading a wildlife photography trip for students on the 'Marine and Natural History Photography' degree course from the University of Falmouth. He led the trip to the Cairngorms at the end of March where the students photographed ptarmigan, mountain hare, red grouse, red squirrel, dolphins and much more. Temperatures plummeted during the week from heat-wave to deep snow!
One of David's articles featuring wildlife on the Island of Texel for MMM (Go Wild on Texel) has been shortlisted for an award by the 'Taste the Dutch Lifestyle Travel Writers Awards' in the category of ‘Best article about a Dutch region’ (He didn't even know he was being entered!).
David's book 'Exploring the Cornish Coast' is now the sixth best selling book on the Amazon best-seller list for regional geographical books (all over the world), see: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bestsellers/books/278079
David's latest book 'Photographing Cornwall' is also his fastest selling, after only 10 months since it was published Alison Hodge (the publisher) is already sending it for a re-print.
Also on the theme of photography David has just started a series of articles for Cornwall Today on photographic techniques and photography in Cornwall, that begins in the February 2012 issue of the magazine. Also David is currently writing a series of articles looking at various photographic techniques for MMM (a motorhome magazine). You may have noticed that David has had a lot of 'Viewpoints' features in Outdoor Photography over the last 12 months.
David is involved, as a judge. with a photographic competition organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust in conjunction with the West Briton. Keep an eye on the pages of the West Briton during February for more information.
David is leading a natural history and photography workshop/walk from Prussia Cove to Cudden Point on Saturday 28th April from 11am to 4pm on behalf of the National Trust. He will be looking for flowers, birds and landscapes to photograph along the way. For further details follow this link: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-events/w-events-find_event.htm?c=1 and then search for 'Mounts Bay' and 'April 28th' or contact David if you want more details. To book a place phone 01736 762479. THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED.
The tadpole photograph with which David won the IGPOTY 'wildlife in the garden' section in 2011 will be exhibited at the New York Botanical Garden in January 2012, so if you are going please take a photo of the exhibition and send it to David!
David's book 'Exploring the Cornish Coast' has been appearing the the Amazon best-seller list for regional geographical books. The highest place we have spotted is 13th in October 2011, which isn't bad when you consider that it's up against books from all over the world and it has been in print for four years! If you want to see where it currently stands have a look at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bestsellers/books/278079 If you want to improve its standing then please buy one from Amazon!
The Cornwall Wildlife Trust AGM and Discovery day will be held on Saturday the 12th of November at Launceston College from 10am to 3pm. David will be giving the final presentation of the day entitled 'Tales of a Wildlife Photographer' at 2.15pm. Booking for this event is essential phone 01872 273939 for further details.
David is presenting a talk about the wildlife of Godolphin on 8th November in Townshend Village Hall, starting at 7pm. TICKETS FOR THIS TALK HAVE SOLD OUT, THE HALL WILL BE FULL SO PLEASE DON'T ARRIVE WITHOUT A TICKET.
David is planning a trip to the Pyrenees next year; the flora and fauna of the area sounds amazing, if you are interested he recommends a look at this website for local wildlife knowledge and walks
David is leading a photo walk at Heligan Garden as part of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Celebration Day on the 19th September from 1.30 to 3.30pm. Members of CWT should have got a free pass for the garden with the summer issue of Wild Cornwall otherwise you will have to pay to get in but the guided walk is free. There are lots of other things going on as well. Get in touch if you are interested.
Have a look for the magazine called 'Go Birdwatching' which is in newsagents now. This is an annual magazine aimed at beginners, it is published by Warner's Group. David was Photographic Consultant for this magazine and provided almost all the photos in the magazine, just a few of the images were supplied by the people who wrote two of the articles. Look carefully and you will see David and several members of his family in the magazine too!
David is leading another day long photo workshop at Goodygrane Quarry this year (organised by BF Adventure) on Saturday the 6th of August. The day will look at improving your photography, particularly for beginners and intermediate levels. There will be an indoor demonstration then a practical hands on outdoor session around the quarry. This is being organised by BF Adventure so any questions about booking a place please contact them; please follow the link: http://www.bfadventure.org/upcoming_events.html
David is 'performing' at the Port Elliot Festival in July this year! He will be attending the festival on Thursday the 21st and Friday the 22nd of July and leading a guided nature and photography walk on the Friday. Further details can be found by following the link: www.porteliotfestival.com
David has won the category entitled 'Wildlife in the Garden' of the International Garden Photographer of the Year for 2011. See http://www.igpoty.com/competition04/winners_LifeGarden.asp?parent=winners to look at the winning images. His image of a tadpole pushing up from beneath the waters' surface (see below) was judged to be the best in the section. This is the third time David has entered this competition and the third time he has had an image selected in the top six; but this is the first time he has won!
David's new book 'Photographing Cornwall' has just been published. As well as containing 93 colour landscape photographs the book also contains exact details as to how David took the photos: time of year, time of day, grid reference of the locations etc. The book is priced at £8.95. for more details about David's books click here.
For the third time in four years David has had images selected for the final round of judging in the 'Wildlife in the Garden' section of the International Garden Photographer of the Year for 2011. His image of a blue tit on a washing line has been highly commended whilst his image of a tadpole has been chosen as one of the top six images in that section and is still in with a chance of winning. Both images will be featured in the annual book.
Have a look: http://www.igpoty.com/competition04/winners_LifeGarden.asp?parent=winners
David has just got back from a trip in Norway at the beginning of February. It was an interesting trip though it wasn't as cold there as it might have been, in fact it wasn't much colder than Cornwall! The images which pleased David most were of a golden eagle in the snow, an example of which is shown below:
David has just completed two new books which will be published in 2011: Photographing Cornwall and Walking in Penwith, have a look at the books page for more information.
David has been awarded 'Highly Commended' for his wildlife photography in the annual awards of the Outdoor Writers' and Photographers' Guild in November 2010.
The Cornwall Hospice Care calendar for 2011 has just been launched, this features 12 of David's landscape photos of Cornwall. You can buy a copy at any Cornwall Hospice Care Shop across the county.
David has just been working on a project to photograph nightjars. The pair he has been photographing have now raised their second brood of two young for the year and that's good going for nightjars! Here is one of the photos he has taken on the rare occasion in July that we had a good sunset!
David has had three images shortlisted for the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. In this case the images are of a midge swarm, taken using a slow shutter speed, a pied wagtail in a car park next to a car tyre and a robin perched on an old boot in his garden during the snow last winter.
David has had an image shortlisted in the 'Bird Behaviour' section of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for 2010; his selected image is of a skylark preening amongst thrift.
David will be making an appearance, if that is the right word, on Radio Cornwall on Thursday the 18th of March, 4.15pm on the Martin Bailie show. This will be to promote his new book, A Cornish Year.
David is doing a book signing for his new book, 'A Cornish Year', at the Bookshelf bookshop in Saltash (58 Fore Street) on the 30th of March between 10am and 1pm. He would be very pleased to see you there!
David has had an image selected as a finalist in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. This is in the section entitled 'wildlife in the garden'. His shot is of a great spotted woodpecker drumming, showing the movement in the head using a slow(ish) shutter speed. Have a look at his shot and the opposition at:
Those of you who follow David's successes may remember that he had a finalist in this competition two years ago, a toad under a toadstool, which ended up coming second in the section. Just in case you are interested, he didn't enter it last year. We will find out how the woodpecker has done some time during April.
David's latest book entitled 'A Cornish Year' is to be published in March 2010. This book looks at David's wildlife activities through a year and is written in diary style along with anecdotes. It gives readers ideas for how they might get more involved with wildlife in Cornwall as it introduces a variety of groups, places and specialists who regularly lead walks and talks around the county. Priced at only £9.95 this book has lots of colour and interest. In many ways this is the follow up to David's most successful book, 'Wild about Cornwall'. See book page for details.
David was awarded the 'Speech, Music and Drama' award by the WI for 2009; he received this trophy in October at the hall for Cornwall. It was given to David for his work in promoting photography to the Women's Institute through lectures, walks and workshops.
David has provided all of the photos for the Trebah Garden 2010 calendar; visit Trebah to purchase a copy and see lots of David's cards! He is now putting together the images for their 2011 calendar.
David's exhibition with Steve Jones at Geevor Mine was due to end in the spring but by popular demand it has been extended right through the summer and into the autumn of 2010; if you haven't been yet then do please try to get along, the whole exhibition looks great and has smells and sounds as well as photos!
New books out in 2009 were about St Ives and Scilly; look at the book page for further information.