Be prepared to brave the elements with these five essential tips to help you capture wonderful winter photography (and keep warm). Grab a cup of hot chocolate and let’s get started!

Winter is upon us and it sure is cold out there. It’s tempting to hibernate until spring arrives isn’t it? This bitter weather can persuade even the hardiest of us to trade the beautiful outdoors for the warmth of home and the comfort of the sofa in the company of our favourite TV boxset.

But, if you decide to put away your camera this winter, you are missing out on the raw, visceral beauty this magical season brings. With a bit of planning and perseverance, we can make taking pictures this winter more enjoyable than ever.

Bird Photographer of the Year is a photographic competition and unique collaboration between the British Trust for Ornithology, William Collins and Nature Photographers Ltd, celebrating the finest bird photography from around the world.

It’s great to see a photography competition of this scale that is dedicated to one of the areas of natural history that I personally find most fascinating, the birds.

Back in March, I received the wonderful news that one of the images from my series Starlings Above was shortlisted and was going to feature in the Bird Photographer of the Year book.

Are you looking for FREE things to do in Blackpool? Wonderful, because I’ve put together this handy list of 10 absolutely free things you can enjoy in Blackpool without spending a penny. And, as we all know, the best things in life are free!

From buckets and spades on the beach to the World’s greatest light show, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Blackpool.

Now, I can’t guarantee glorious sunshine and blue skies, but one thing is for certain, you will not be left wanting for entertainment while visiting the many attractions of UK’s most famous seaside resort. Ready? Here’s your 10 free things thing to do in Blackpool…

You can imagine my delight when I recently opened my inbox to find an email with the subject line ‘Hello from Instagram!’ informing me that I’d been selected to be an Instagram emerging voice of the week.

You’ve heard the proverb “no news is good news” right? Well, in the world of photography, a personal email from the community team at Instagram (yes, THE Instagram) isn’t just good news, it’s truly amazing news!

With over 300 million monthly active users and an average of 70 million photos shared on Instagram every single day, I’m surprised that my 15 second Hyperlapse video of a sandstorm sweeping through the sand dunes of St Annes was noticed by their team. So, what is an Instagram emerging voice I hear you ask?