Inspiring Photography Weekend: Meet the Speakers

The speakers:

Elia Locardi

Elia is a professional photographer, public speaker, and experienced educator who has developed a highly recognized style of photography that is frequently displayed in fine art galleries and venues worldwide while being widely circulated in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Elle, and Travel + Leisure.

Martin Hartley

Martin is an adventure and expedition photographer who has experienced the polar world in all of its ferocity, when it is a challenge just to stay alive, let alone pull out a camera and take a photograph. His ability to take beautiful powerful photographs in the most difficult places to survive on our planet, is inspirational.

Debbie Ireland

Debbie is a writer, curator and researcher on the History of Photography with a special interest in Travel Photography. She has worked with both The Royal Geographic Society and Royal Photographic Society with her most recent exhibition, Space Steps at the RPS in 2019, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Her interest in travel photography began in 1980 when as Map Room Assistant she handled request for photography, from Hurley’s glass negatives to the ektachrome’s of Hilary and Tensing.

Marek Biegalski

Marek is a nature and landscape photographer. Born in Poland, living in Ireland, and working internationally. My passion for landscape photography is based on a love for nature and all the things that make our beloved land extraordinary. A large part of his work as a photographer has been focused on aerial images, which provide a breathtaking new perspective on nature.

Diana Jarvis

Diana is a photographer and writer specialising in travel, landscapes and nature with a strong emphasis on conservation and sustainability. She is also an editor of Eye for the Light and the Sustainability Lead for the British Guild of Travel Writers. Diana’s MSc in Environment and Sustainability led to a renewed approach in her work as a photographer, with an increased awareness for photographing responsibly, preserving and conserving environments and nature for future generations.

Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, author, curator, lecturer, tutor, mentor and co- founder of the Travel Photographer of the Year awards. With over 50 books to his name and having curated exhibitions around the world, he is now focusing on his own photography again and developing a new portfolio of imagery, with workshops to accompany it., Through Eye for the Light – TPOTY’s online magazine – he is combining photography with writing and editing.

Colin Finlay

Colin is an avid collector of photography as well as being actively involved in the photography industry for over 30 years, including running one of the world’s largest photo competitions, The Wildlife Photographer of the Year. An expert in archival content and a regular magazine contributor and event presenter, Colin was also Global Sales Director – Archival Collections at Getty Images

Trevor Cole

Trevor’s photography, together with travel, have become two of his life’s passions. His photography focuses predominantly on culture and landscapes; images which reflect a spatial and temporal journey through life and which try to convey a need to live in a more sustainable world.

Kiran Ridley

Kiran is an award winning British photojournalist based in Paris working for leading publications across the world. An accomplished documentarian, his reportage work is primarily concerned with issues of migration, human rights and political representation, covering stories as diverse and complex as drug smuggling around the Mexican border to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Kiran was the winner of the last TPOTY New Talent award.

Matjaz Krivic

Matjaz is a documentary photographer capturing long-term conservation and environmental stories of people and places around the world. He is the current winner of Travel photographer of the Year.

Doug Allan

It was a chance meeting with David Attenborough that started Doug off on his wildlife filming career forty years ago. He’s now one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, specialising in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet. His filming career has included Blue Planet, Planet Earth Ocean Giants and Frozen Planet as well as many other series. His cinematography awards include eight Emmy’s and five BAFTA’s. He has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals. He’s an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2018 he was awarded the RSGS Mungo Park Medal for his outstanding contribution to geographical knowledge through exploration.

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