Category Archives: Nature and landscape photography of Britain

Kurt Jackson’s landscapes

I love the landscapes of Kurt Jackson. Of the above painting he notes “Evening and two choughs fly over the sea squeaking excitedly – my first Cornish choughs” from his exhibition The Cornish Crows. populated with jackdaws, magpies, choughs, ravens and crows.

More on Wikipedia on Kurt Jackson.

GDT wildlife photography award for Leeds photo

Among this year’s GDT wildlife photography awards, winner of the “Man and Nature” category is this photograph of Leeds city centre, taken by Paul Hodson.  So where’s the nature, you might ask.  If you look at the traffic light, a small silhouette is visible against the amber: it’s a Mistle Thrush sitting on a nest.

The landscapes of Don McCullin

Landscape in winter

The photojournalist Don McCullin is better known for his work recording war and urban strife around the world, but his more recent work has concentrated more on black and white landscape photography, often taken during the winter in his adopted Somerset . I find them stark, bleak and beautiful.

Don McCullin notes on his love for winter: Continue reading The landscapes of Don McCullin

Animal focused street photography

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With an old black and white 35mm camera the photographer Giacomo Brunelli prowls the night in search of his subjects in backyards, small villages, fields, farms and near his home in London. Brunellihas developed a style which he calls “animal focused street photography”.”By pushing the boundaries of nature photography he creates eerie and unfamiliar images, which succeed in capturing the instinctive drama and wildness of his subjects” More here

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Starlings come home

Starlings winter return: Starlings return for winter

Some lovely photos by Owen Humphreys in The Guardian of the mass return of starlings to Britain from Russia and northern Europe. They come here to roost in the relative warmth. Some flocks have as many as two million birds. However, starling numbers have fallen dramatically in the UK in recent years probably due to the loss of insects because of the increase in chemical use on farms since the 1970s and new grassland management techniques. Visit

Winners of Veolia Environment photography competition

Among the winning entries of the Veolia Environment wildlife photography competition is this image of a rutting stag in London’s Richmond Park.  The stag was rubbing his antlers free of velvet and had picked up a crown of bracken, silhouetted here against the dawn sky. Photographer Sam Rowley was able to approach quite close to his subject since the deer in Richmond Park are quite tolerant of people.  Visit the Guardian to see more photographs and BBC article

Landscape photograph of the year 2009

Emmanuel Coupe’s photograph of the Isle of Skye has won this year’s popular Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. Land, water and sky combine in an image of sharp stillness, in which the pinnacles of the Old Man of Storr meet the sun’s rays.  The best entries will be exhibited in London’s National Theatre from December 5th.  Have a look at the Times Online photo gallery for more of the winning photographs and Emmanuel Coupe’s website.


Lundy photos

Lundy Island: The Devil's Slide, a natural plane in the granite

There’s a rather nice slideshow of the Lundy over at the Guardian here. The island, which is sometimes called ‘Britain’s Galapagos’, lies 10 miles off the coast of north Devon. Every spring and autumn, the island provides sanctuary for thousands of migrating birds. Beneath the sea, and the reefs are home to cup corals and pink sea fans, with grey seals very common and basking sharks visiting in the summer

The 2009 British wildlife photography awards

BWP Awards 2009: British Wildlife Photography Awards

The British wildlife photography awards have announced the 2009 winners. The aim of the award is to celebrate and recognise the talents of photographers while highlighting the wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history. The above photo by David Slater called Blackbirds fighting won the Wildlife behaviour category.

Here is a selection of the winning images

Martin Parr on secret Britain

I found this recent article by photographer Martin Parr in The Guardian fascinating and inspiring. He reminds us to look at the beauty in the banal, stressing that even mundane objects have charm – you only have to notice them. Above photo, part of a series by Parr on the humble postbox, is an example of what he means by this.

Parr has spent a number of years trying to locate the postboxes with the most stunning backdrops, particularly in the Scottish islands. “Here you can find postboxes literally on the beach and at remote and beautiful crossroads. I have also looked for remote phoneboxes, but I believe the postbox has the edge, as it is smaller and visually stronger.”

As we travel around Britain, I am convinced most of us cannot really appreciate what we are seeing. We take too much for granted, because it is all so familiar.We float through our cities and countryside with our eyes half closed. However if we go abroad, especially to countries which are very different to our own, our sensibilities are awakened; everything is fresh and exciting. I am proposing that same approach should be rekindled when we look at our own environment. Read in the Guardian

Martin Parr is a Magnum photographer; martinparr.com

Geograph British Isles

Geograph British Isles is a remarkable site which aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland through the help of people sending in their photos. The picture above is of Geodha Glas by © Bob Jones who notes “View eastwards whilst descending from the signal station at Cape Wrath towards the jetty at Clais Chàrnach.” (Creative Commons L).

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