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Joe is an experienced photographer and trainer who has handled Nikon’s training in Ireland for the past 10 years, and trained thousands of people in camera skills and techniques all over the world. He is also an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom.
He and his wife Penny run Houghton Photography in Dublin, Ireland, and sell their images all over the world through Getty Images as well as their own website.
Outside photography, Joe holds an International Executive MBA, and a Postgraduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning. He has taught at Ireland’s leading business school since 2003, co-creating the Master’s in Project Management Programme and directing the programme from 2005 up until 2016. Before his IEMBA, Joe had a successful career in international business leading IT and development teams to global level.
Roger is an amateur photographer who lives in Stockport and is a member of South Manchester Camera Club who has a particular interest in wild life and travel photography.
A range of Roger’s work can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/rogergeldard/albums
Ben Hall has gained worldwide recognition as one of Britain’s leading professional wildlife photographers. With a lifelong passion for the natural world, Ben has used his skill in photography to capture many stunning images. He is driven by the need to protect and preserve Britain’s last fragile ecosystems, as testified by his work for the RSPB, various Wildlife Trusts and other conservation organisations.
Ben’s spectacular images have earned him numerous prestigious international awards including over 20 awards in the British Wildlife Photography Awards many awarded images in the Windland Smith Rice Awards USA, Geographical Photographer of the Year, a category win in Bird Photographer of the Year and many more.
Ben is a regular photographic and editorial contributor to clients as diverse as BBC Wildlife, Practical Photography, Outdoor Photography, Photography Monthly, Professional Photographer, Digital Photographer, Digital Camera Magazine, Digital SLR Photography, Digital SLR User, Birds Illustrated, Birding (USA), Birdwatch, Living Edge, The Countryman, Cheshire Life, to name but a few.
Ben has also been made vice president of Cheshire Wildlife Trust, and has appeared on many TV and Radio programmes including BBC 1’s Walk on the Wild Side, BBC The One Show and BBC Countryfile.
In-between taking images for commissions and agencies, Ben enjoys teaching. He runs wildlife photography workshops, giving tuition and inspiring others. His images are sold world-wide through the following agencies: Getty Images, Nature Picture Library, RSPB Images and Alamy.
Mark says “I am primarily an outdoor photographer and I only ever work with available light. I am happiest photographing in our wilder places; in the mountains, on the coast and by lakes and rivers.
Many of my photographs portray scenes in which the content has been made impressionistic or semi-abstract by means of one or more camera techniques. These techniques include intentional movement of the camera while the shutter is open (ICM), creating double exposures and using improvised diffusers in front of the lens.
By using such methods to diffuse and degrade the images, the importance of recognisable structure within the scenes is minimised whilst light, texture and mood become emphasised.
I live on the Wirral in North West England and I am an active member of the Royal Photographic Society.”