Bio:
I got into photography when a friend bought a Canon AE1 in about 1981. I loved a flutter on the horses and dog racing as my Granddad was a bookie, and once I tired of losing I decided to go still, but take a camera instead and was hooked from that point onwards.  My first sport related published picture was in the Racing Post in 1990 of greyhound racing from Hove. I went on to provide images for The Greyhound Monthly magazine for a couple of years.  I then started shooting football and rugby at the weekends for Sportsbeat Images around 2004 and from that point onwards all I wanted to do was make it a full time job.  Horse racing was always my first passion and after leaving a sales position within Sportsbeat  I went freelance. Having spoken to many picture desks on the sales side I knew a lot of the picture editors and I would give them a ring on a Wednesday or Thursday to see if any shifts were going, along with the agencies.   Persistence paid off as I began to cover events for PA, Sunday Times, Guardian, AP, Sunday Mirror, NOTW and features for Rugby World and L'Equipe.

In 2009 I won the HWPA racing photographer of the year award and my break came in 2010 when I was offered work with Getty Images covering mainly horse racing. I couldn't have wished for a better opportunity and jumped at the chance. I repeated my HWPA win in 2013 along with winning the Getty Images 'Alternative View' picture of the year award. The last two awards meant a lot to me as they were both linked with Getty Images. I photograph the odd rugby and football match but my heart lies in the sport of kings.

Awards:
HWPA Photographer of the Year Award  2009 & 2013.

Winner of the Alternative View category at the 2013 Getty Images Editorial Photography Awards.

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