Nigel in the television news

I recently made it onto the television news, appearing in the BBC’s Spotlight Southwest programme to discuss my trio of books about southwest England.

Spotlight Southwest is the BBC’s daily evening news programme for the southwest of England, attracting quite a significant regional audience. As a result, this provided me with major exposure for my books.

Nigel (right) talking with the hosts of BBC’s Spotlight Southwest about his three southwest books

The three titles in question are Wild Southwest, Beautiful Devon and Beautiful Cornwall, each of them covering different aspects of the the southwest region. The spur to this publicity is the recent publication of the newest of these books, Beautiful Cornwall, which came out at the end of March.

All three books are widely on sale, and you can see more details of all three by clicking on the link below:

Find out about my southwest books

The covers for Nigel’s three southwest of England books

Naturally, I really hope you like these books. To buy any of them, they’re widely available through high street books shops, as well as online stores, including Amazon.

You can also buy them directly from my own publishing company. Just follow the link below.

Buy any of the southwest books

Latest news: joining YouTube, Beautiful Cornwall and Wild Philippines go to the printer

In this post we bring you a selection of latest news snippets, namely that finally we have joined up with YouTube, and that both current book projects – Beautiful Cornwall and Wild Philippines – have been sent to the printers.

Joining YouTube

Yes, after so many years of prevarication, we’ve finally opened our own YouTube channel, kicking off by loading up all the video diaries I shot last year while photographing for the Wild Philippines project. You can find our channel by clicking on the link below:

Nigel Hicks Photography YouTube channel

Don’t forget to subscribe!

In loading up all the Wild Philippines video diaries I discovered that I had forgotten to publish the very last of those diaries. So here it is now:

I hope you like it!

Beautiful Cornwall heads to the printer!

Yes, we’ve finished working on the next book, Beautiful Cornwall, and it is now with the printer, in Exeter. The book will be published and available through all book shops, high street and online, at the end of March. So it’s all getting quite exciting!

Beautiful Cornwall front cover

Sample photos and pages, plus lots of other info about the book, can be seen on the website You can also pre-order your copy there.

Just click on the link below:

Find out about Beautiful Cornwall

Wild Philippines heads to the printer too!

Work on this truly mega-project, which totally dominated my life last year, is finally drawing to a close. The files have finally headed to the printer. I know I’m biased, but I think the book is looking quite fantastic!

The book will be published in August, at which time we’re hoping to have a launch event in Manila.

Wild Philippines front cover

Full details of the book will be posted on the website in due course. In the meantime, you can see a gallery of sample photos.

Just click here:

See sample photos

Spring photography workshops in full swing

May is almost over, which means that my spring photography workshops are in full swing, with three held this month, all of them in southwest England. All three have been both quite well attended and treated to some warm, sunny weather, making the photography a real joy.

Architectural and Travel Photography, Exeter

The first of the three courses was held in Exeter, in Devon, on 6th May, when the subject of our photography was architecture and travel. Much of the day was spent photographing both the historic and the modern architecture around the city centre, from the spectacular Medieval cathedral to a minimalist car park building. The evening, up until sunset, was spent at Topsham, a lovely riverside town just south of Exeter, where we used the golden evening light to photograph both some historic buildings and the town’s harbour and boats.

Architecture in Exeter, Devon, Great Britain.

Exmoor in Spring

A week later, on 12th May, I ran my Exmoor in Spring photography course, which concentrated on coastal, woodland and moorland landscape photography. The day kicked off at the pebbly beach and tiny harbour of Porlock Weir, in the eastern part of Exmoor National Park, before moving westwards to the stunning riverside woodlands at Watersmeet, just outside the village of Lynmouth. The day was rounded off by sunset photography at the lovely Valley of Rocks, just outside the village of Lynton. Despite being doused by a short, sharp shower while we were in Watersmeet woodlands, we were treated to a fabulous sunset, providing magnificent views along the Exmoor coast to the west of Lynton.

Sunset over coastal cliffs seen from the Valley of Rocks, Lynton, Exmoor National Park, Devon, Great Britain.

Dartmoor in Spring

The trio of workshops was rounded off on 19th May by the Dartmoor in Spring course. This day was spent photographing initially in beautiful ancient woodlands along the banks of the River Dart, and was rounded off in the evening by a session out on the open moors, specifically on Bench Tor, a remote site with stunning views across the Dart valley. Throughout the whole of this course we were treated to endless blue skies and sunshine, a real treat out in the Dartmoor countryside.

The River Dart near Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, Great Britain.

Seeing photos from the spring photography workshops

I hope you like the small sample of photos here. If you’d like to see more go to the Course Images section of the website, where you’ll find galleries of images that I have shot during my various workshops. Click on the link below:

See galleries of images from the May workshops

Joining future workshops

If you’d like to join a future photography workshop, just go to the workshops section of the website, choose your course and book up. Click on the link below:

Find out about and sign up for future photography workshops

I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

 

New book, Beautiful Devon, is published!

My latest book, Beautiful Devon, has just been published!

A fairly short book, Beautiful Devon is essentially a series of photoessays about the loveliest areas of Devon, a county in the southwest of England, and is intended largely as a photographic memento to this beautiful part of the UK.

Beautiful Devon is published by my own publishing company, Aquaterra Publishing, and is available through all bookshops, both online and high street, and in the UK at least it costs just £9.99.

You can see sample photos and pages by clicking on the link below:

See Beautiful Devon sample pages

  You can buy Beautiful Devon online directly from me through the Aquaterra Publishing website. Simply click on the link below to find out more:

Buy Beautiful Devon at Aquaterra Publishing

I hope you’ll like the book and will decide to buy a copy!

 

The forests of Mt Pulag

I’ve been falling behind on posting my video diaries from the Wild Philippines project, sad to say. Actually, part of the reason is good, because the reason I’ve been falling behind is that things have been pretty full-on, with a lot of photography, thanks to a lot of help from quite a range of people. More on all that in later video posts.

For now, here are two video diaries about the couple of days I spent up on Mt Pulag, third highest mountain in the Philippines, at just a little less than 3000 metres high. It’s a story of dense, tangled, wet forest, lots of mud, followed by a day in sunshine on the mountain’s summit grasslands above the forest.

Needless to say, I hope you enjoy the videos. If you do, feel free to share the link and/or leave a comment.

Here’s the first video:

 

And here’s the second:

Enjoy watching and please share!

Frustration in Puerto Galera!

A frustrating time at Puerto Galera! Last week I was supposed to be doing underwater photography around the stunning coral reefs at Puerto Galera, on the north coast of Mindoro, in the Philippines. It didn’t quite happen, however, as this video shows – at the start of the first dive I got into the water, dropped to five metres down, and then Ouuuch!!! A lot of pain in my ears – I just could not get the pressures to equalise. So I had to abort that dive, and then all the subsequent dives I was supposed to do there too, while I waited for my poor ears to recover. The hazards of underwater photography!

To find out more watch the video below:

A huge thanks is due to Asia Divers and El Galleon Resort, who put me up and provided the diving for those few days; a great team of people, highly recommended for anyone heading to Puerto Galera. They’ve already invited me to go back later to redo the dives, so that one is definitely going to get scheduled.

Wild Philippines!

I’m finally  just about to head off to the Philippines to start the Wild Philippines project! This has been in planning for quite some time, and has already become something of a saga, but at long last from tomorrow (ie 6th Feb) it’ll become practical action.

Male Visayan Tarictic Hornbill, Penelopides panini.

Wild Philippines will eventually turn into a new book of that name, a major publication about the natural habitats and the amazingly unique wildlife the Philippine islands, both on land and under the water. Publication will be by Oxford-based John Beaufoy Publishing and is scheduled for sometime in 2019.

There’ll be two trips for this project, this first one running until early March, with the second trip a little later in the spring or early summer.

Rainforest around Bulusan Lake, Bulsusan Volcano Natural Park, Sorsogon, Luzon, Philippines.

I’m hoping to run a bit of a video diary and blog as the trip progresses, so stay tuned to this page to see more! Meanwhile, here are a few sample images from previous Philippines trips, plus a little video clip – actually shot in the Maldives, not the Philippines – as a bit of a taster for what’s to come with the underwater photography. Just note that there is no sound with this little clip. I hope you like it!

Beautiful Devon ready for publication!

My next book, Beautiful Devon, a photographic publication showcasing some of the most beautiful places in this region of southwest England, has been printed and is ready for publication, a whole month ahead of schedule!

The first pages of Beautiful Devon coming off the press in Short Run Press, Exeter, Devon, Great Britain. 5th Jan 2018.

A rather short book, consisting of just 80 pages, but packed with about 160 photos, the series of photo essays that make up Beautiful Devon make this book a memento of the county for both residents and visitors alike.

Publication date is set for 1st March 2018. From then on Beautiful Devon will be available through all bookshops, both high street and online. Price within the UK is £9.99.

Paignton Pier at dusk, Paignton, Devon, Great Britain.

To see sample pages click on this link:

See sample pages and images from Beautiful Devon

You can also reserve your copy online now:

Reserve a copy of Beautiful Devon

Ottery Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary, Devon, Great Britain. 4th Nov 2017.

We really hope you love this book!

 

The next book about to be printed!

A Happy New Year to everyone! Here’s to a successful 2018!

I’m kicking off rightaway with the great news that my next book is already at the printer and should be running off the presses in the next couple of weeks. Publication date is scheduled for 1st March, so we’re actually ahead of things for once!

A dusk view of Sutton Harbour, in the Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, Great Britain.

To be called Beautiful Devon, this book will be very much a photographic book, a photo memento of this lovely part of southwest England, which should be attractive to both residents and visitors.

Beautiful Devon is being published by my own publishing company, Aquaterra Publishing, making this the second book that this company has produced. It’s still early days for ATP, but things are starting to move!

A rainbow above Scorhill Rocks, standing stones on Scorhill Down, nr Chagford, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, Great Britain.

A gallery of sample photos and some sample page layouts have been posted to the website, so to get to see these click on the link below!

Find out more about Beautiful Devon

Let us know what you think!

You can also pre-0rder the book both by following the above link or by going directly to the Aquaterra Publishing website, here:

Go to the Aquaterra Publishing website

Torquay harbour at dusk, Torbay, Devon, Great Britain.

 

Two recent awards!

I’m pleased to be able to say that I’ve recently received two awards: firstly ‘Honorable Mentions’ for images submitted to the last International Color Awards, held annually in the USA, and secondly a long service award from the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), of which I’ve been a member for over 20 years.

It’s always nice to have my work appreciated! The photo below shows me holding the two certificates.

The 2017 International Color Awards submissions are currently in progress, and results will be announced in the spring of next year. Fingers crossed that I achieve something again!