Bio:
I’m a staff news photographer for Getty Images picture agency, based in London covering news and features in South East England as well as foreign assignments.

During four years of Mathematics study at Warwick University I devoted a significant portion of my free time to photography and picture-editing the student paper. In 2002 I won the ‘Student Photographer of the Year award’ and upon graduating decided to shun maths and the inevitable career in the lucrative world of finance in favour of becoming a press photographer.

I began my career with South West News Service, a prestigious regional agency based in Bristol supplying national newspapers and magazines with news and feature images. After 3 years of interesting and eclectic assignments I was offered a contract with the Daily Telegraph newspaper in London. One year later I accepted a staff position at Getty Images to join a team of 5 other UK news photographers.

Since joining in 2008 I have covered international assignments in numerous countries including: Kenya, Italy, France, Greece, America, and Switzerland. My images have appeared in publications around the world including: The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The LA Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Time and Newsweek.

In the fleeting moments when not taking pictures, eating or sleeping, I serve as board member of the British Press Photographer’s Association. I also enjoy riding my bike, running, climbing and being dragged up high mountains by my adventurous wife.

Awards:
2010 – First Prize: The Arts in “The Press Photographer’s Year” – Exhibited in the National Theatre, London.
2010 – Business Photographer of the Year – UK Picture Editors’ Guild
2011 – Getty Images European News Photographer of the Year
2011 – First Prize: News Folio of the Year in “The Press Photographer’s Year” – Exhibited in the National Theatre, London
2011 – British Press Awards – Photographer of the Year
2012 – 2nd Prize Portraits, Photographer’s Giving Back Award
2012 – Honourable Mention, Foto8 Summer Show
2012 – Highly Commended News Photographer of the Year – UK Picture Editors’ Guild
2012 – Shortlisted for Business Photographer of the Year – UK Picture Editors’ Guild
2012 – Shortlisted for Photojournalist of the Year – British Journalism Awards
2013 – Shortlisted for Photojournalist of the Year – British Journalism Awards

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