Since an early age, I have been interested in nature, wildlife and the great outdoors, often spending many a happy hour walking in the fresh air with a pair of binoculars. All of that changed in 2007, when I decided to purchase a camera. I now seem to get up even earlier, spend half of my life in a hide, view wildlife through a camera lens and spend the other half in front of the computer. In 2008 I joined a camera club, Wigan 10 Foto Club, which enabled me to diversify photographically and learn new skills. Entering photographic competitions nationally and internationally has broadened my exposure to the world of photography. I use Canon equipment, having started life with a Canon 300D in 2007, later migrating through the Canon range. Today I typically carry two camera bodies with me. A Canon 1DX Mark 2 and a Canon 7D Mark 2. I was awarded the title of PAGB Nature Photographer of the year in 2014 and 2015 and was named Bird Photographer of the Year by BIRD GUIDES in 2014. I often give talks and hold exhibitions of my work as well as being a judge for International Nature Photography competitions.