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Tag Archives: Blackpool

Jake Shakeshaft Rocks Blackpool

Jake Shakeshaft Photo Shoot - Photography By Yannick Dixon

Do you watch BBC One’s popular Saturday night singing competition The Voice UK? If you do, I’m sure you’ll instantly recognise Jake Shakeshaft, a wonderfully talented 19 year old singer, who wooed and won over the judges with his passionate performance of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ at the blind auditions.

After impressing the likes of Will.i.am, Tom Jones, Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson (as well as TV viewers across the country) Jake’s appearance on The Voice UK has created a real buzz and excitement online. With nearly three million views of Jake’s audition on YouTube, thousands of Facebook likes and a growing Twitter following (not to mention a number of adoring fan accounts) this young singer is clearly in demand and a favourite to make it to the finals of the competition.

British Homing World Show 2015

British Homing World Show 2015 - Photography By Yannick Dixon

The British Homing World Show of the Year in Blackpool is where pigeon fanciers from across the UK flock to admire and award the crème de la crème of the pigeon world. Now in it’s 43rd year, the BHW Show of the Year 2015 is Europe’s biggest pigeon show and attracts thousands of visitors to Blackpool for the weekend.

There are over 2000 racing pigeons and 1000 fancy pigeons on display, and more than 100 trade stands selling everything ‘pigeon’ related. Thousands of pigeons change hands at sales and auctions where sums of £10 to £10,000 can be paid for a pedigree racing pigeon. It’s fair to say, I think, these pigeon fanciers are here to do business.

Starling Murmurations In Blackpool

Starling Murmurations In Blackpool - Wildlife Photography By Yannick Dixon

Have you ever witnessed a starling murmuration? I’m utterly hypnotised whenever I see a murmuration of starlings and, some may say, obsessed with documenting the behaviour of these gregarious birds as they flock to Blackpool in vast numbers to roost during the autumn and winter months.

Over the past eight years I’ve captured countless murmurations for my award-winning wildlife photography series Starlings Above, and now, with the starlings season already underway, I thought it was time to share a selection of my latest photos and video footage of starling murmurations in Blackpool.

Photography Review of 2014

Photography Review of 2014 Blog Montage

We’re just seven days into 2015 and perhaps, like me, your back at work busy planning for the year ahead and, just as importantly, wondering if there’s any Christmas chocolate left.

There’s still talk of New Year’s resolutions all around, but we all know it doesn’t have to be the beginning of a New Year to give ourselves permission to pursue our dreams or make an important change in our life. Whatever you want to do, go for it and make it happen! There’s no time like the present as they say.

Having said that, before we get stuck into 2015, it does feel right to have a quick look at the past twelve months don’t you think?! My retrospective look at the past 365(ish) days is called, somewhat grandiosely, my Photography Review of 2014.

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