Did you Win? Newsletter 47/19

Did you win? Newsletter 46/19, Monday 9th December print winners, please check your emails

  • Ian Pile
  • Kim Donwell
  • Nick Middleditch
  • Jenny Bonwick
  • Jonathon Blake

To enter click here, good luck.

Just received in the post;

My certificate, Licentiate in photography from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.

Mark Stothard, BA (Hons) in Photography, LRPS.

Now working towards my Masters in Photography and ARPS.

Cyber Monday 2019

Up to 40%* off everything

Ends Monday 2nd December at 23.59 GMT

with coupon code, CM2019 at checkout

*discount amount depends on the product purchased.

Time for a catch-up; awards

For those new to me, I’ve been studying towards being a PhD (Level 8) candidate in Photography at some point in my life.

It’s now time for an update on my studies;

  • Starting with, in 2015, completing my Diploma in Photography (Level 4);
  • Following on by, in 2017, Degree in Media Production (Level 5);
  • Then in 2018, Advanced Diploma in Photography (Level 5) and Platinum and Palladium Printing (Level 4);
  • Resulting in the summer of 2019, graduating from the University of Plymouth with a BA (Hons) in Photography (Level 6).
  • November 2019, qualified as a First Aider, QNUK Award, 3-day Emergency First Aid at Work training.
  • I’m currently studying the Award in Education and Training (AET) at Level 3, then if all goes well graduation around Easter in 2020, which means I will be a qualified Level 3 teacher.
  • Then a break from studying for personal projects, until September 2020, to start my Masters (MA) in Photography (Level 7).
  • I’m so humbled to announce, that I have just been awarded by my peers, at the Royal Photographic Society, my LRPS at my first submission.

Now I’m a Qualified First Aider

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I PASSED, approximately 90% (Grade to be confirmed).

I’m now a qualified First Aider, QNUK Award, 3-day Emergency First Aid at Work training.

I hope I don’t need these skills, but if you’re on one of my photo walks, workshops or photography experiences, you have the comfort that a trained first aider is on hand at all times.

A big thank you to Evince training, I would recommend their training courses to anyone or business, really knowledgeable and friendly guys, Thank you, see you in a year for my refresher, if not before.

Attend any of my photography workshops

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If you attend any of my photography workshops, whether in the classroom or exploring our beautiful planet, be assured I take your safety seriously.

Already holding my Emergency First Aid at work certificate, I’m today enhancing my First Aid training with Evince Training Limited to a higher level, a 3-day First Aid at work course, to include such topics, what to do if you broke your leg or have an eye infection while in the middle of our stunning Exmoor National Park.

I’ve asked for a custom first aid kit to be designed for us, to deal with photography eventualities that I will be trained for; for example we are standing in an Exmoor stream you wash your hands, then splash your face as it’s a hot day, but you get a foreign body in your eye.

Did you Win? Newsletter 46/19

Did you win? Newsletter 47/19, Monday 11th November print winners, please check your emails

  • Nicky Beckett
  • Sue Ball
  • Sue Tout
  • Debbie Wisbrown
  • Stephen Richardson

To enter click here, good luck.

Learn Adobe Lightroom

FREE Social PhotoWalk, Lynmouth to Watersmeet

A gentle stroll taking images and sharing knowledge in photography from Lynmouth to Watersmeet, walking up and down the banks of the East Lyn River, allowing two hours each way, with an hour break at Watersmeet for refreshments.

Sunday 10th November 2019 – 12:00 – 16:00

This is a GREAT place to create images in all weathers, including the rain.

Please wear good, strong, stout, footwear.

All welcome, come a develop and learn photography skills, whether you are a complete beginner in photography or an expert in mobile phone, digital or a film photographer.

We are meeting at the Car Park at the bottom of Countisbury Hill A39 / Watersmeet Road, for a 12 noon start.

For more details on Watermeets – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/watersmeet

Learn and Improve your Photography

Dunkery FREE Social Photography Event, Photowalk.

Taking images and sharing knowledge in photography at Dunkery Beacon, walking up from the car park to the beacon.

Saturday, 16 November 2019 from 14:00-18:00

This is a GREAT place to create images in all weathers, including the rain.

  • Please wear good, stout, footwear
  • A torch is a must, as we will be walking back in the dark
  • Tripod and cable release for long exposure, would be helpful if you would like to take images of the night skyline
  • Route Stats, 1.7 miles, approx 40 min walk, elevation, Lowest 1461ft Highest 1694ftTotal ascent 246ft
  • We are meeting at the Car Park at the bottom of the Beacon, 51°10’01.3″N 3°34’08.3″W – see Map link

All welcome, come a develop and learn photography skills, whether you are a complete beginner in photography or an expert in mobile phone, digital or a film photographer.

Did you Win? Newsletter 45/19

Did you win? Newsletter 45/19, Monday 4th November print winners, please check your emails

  • Helen Reeves
  • Lynda JH
  • Jan Lemmens
  • Nick Sanders
  • Jo dimambro

To enter click here, good luck.

New to Photography?

Spontaneous competition

The other day I held a spontaneous competition to see if anybody could guess what the blue lines were in the image.

I’m happy to say Michael Eardley guessed correctly.

And here is Michael with his winning print.

You may like to see the original post, please visit

The first person that can guess EXACTLY what the dotted lights (one long, three short) are; on the left side of this image, will WIN a copy of this image.Just leave your answer in the comments below.

Posted by Mark Stothard on Sunday, 10 February 2019

Minehead Hands

Thousands of walkers who start or finish the 630-mile South West Coast Path at Minehead, Somerset, now have a striking new sculpture to mark this point of their journey, thanks to Sarah Ward.

In 1999, as a part of a contest for A-level students at West Somerset College, she came up with the idea for a 12ft sculpture in galvanised steel costing £19,000. The sculptor Owen Cunningham, from Belper, Derbyshire, was commissioned to make it by the South West Coast Path Team, part of the Government’s Countryside Agency.

Eric Wallis, a spokesman for the walkers’ voluntary body, the South West Coast Path Association, said at the time: “It is a fitting landmark for the Minehead end of Britain’s longest national trail. Now walkers will be able to celebrate their arrival or departure in style.”

Rhenish Tower, Exmoor

Rhenish Tower was built by General Rawdon to store salt water for indoor baths. It was later fitted with an electric light for use as a beacon. The original tower was built in c.1860. It was rebuilt as an exact replica after 1952 flood damage.

© 2018 Mark Stothard