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The Year in Focus – 2014

So once again we’re heading towards that end of year time when many photographers roll out their ‘Year in Pictures‘ features showing some of their work from over the year. So it seems fitting that I post up some pictures from the range of work that I’ve shot this year. Some of it was shot during the occasional shift for The Northern Echo or in my capacity as a Stringer for Getty Images with other pictures going out as a Contributor to London News Pictures.

Some of these are from various news events and stories that you might be aware of and have seen – either locally or nationally – and others come from various features that I’ve shot during the year. Some come from personal projects or stories I have been working on for a period of time and are either finished or still ongoing whilst others are simply pictures that I shot because I just thought they looked nice!

Some were happy events whilst others not so much. Some might make you angry and others might may make you laugh but hopefully they reflect a varied and interesting year and hopefully next year will be just as interesting to photograph but in the meantime grab a brew (better still wine!) take a look below and check out some of the work from this last year and please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom if you so wish…


All the best for Christmas and the New Year and thanks for following my work throughout the year.





A sad start to begin this year as two fisherman die on board their fishing boat from carbon monoxide poisoning in Whitby

Fire at re-cycling plant

A large fire breaks out at a tyre re-cycling plant at Sherburn in Elmet in Yorkshire

Soldiers march through Doncaster

Soldiers from 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery parade through the streets of Doncaster as they are given the Freedom of the Town

Snow fall on the North York Moors

Heavy snow falls on the North York Moors near to Castleton


Jonathan Cairns from Newcastle heads up the slope to ski after heavy snowfall in the North Pennines

FBU Rally in Middlesbrough

Labour member for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop speaks to Fire fighters during industrial action in Middlesbrough


  Visionary Surfboards at Sandsend, Yorkshire

Out and about in Saltburn

The new Bishop of Durham Paul Butler is enthroned at Durham cathedral

Aurora Borealis visible over Saltburn, Cleveland

The Aurora Borealis can be seen in Saltburn by the Sea, Cleveland

Dramatic skies over Huntcliff

Sunrise over Huntcliff in Saltburn, Cleveland

Early morning on Saltburn Beach

A lone horse rider on the beach at Saltburn

Middleham Gallops

Top flight racehorses take part in a snowy training session at Middleham Gallops in Wensleydale, Yorkshire

Surfers Against Sewage Saltburn Beach Clean

A dead bird of prey lies amongst rubbish that was collected from the beach at Saltburn in Cleveland during a Surfers Against Sewage beach clean event


Marske United keeper Robert Dean takes the ball hard in the face as he saves from a shot by John Butler from Bishop Auckland


William Hague attends an event near Richmond, North Yorkshire


Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owens feeds a newborn lamb

Great North Passion

Alexandra Burke performs during an event in South Shields


Whitby scooter rally


UKIP leader Nigel Farage during a party conference event in the north of England


Whitby Goth Weekend


Police search a property in North Shields in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence


A motor-cycle stunt rider performs during a show in Yorkshire


Fishermen launch their boat at first light from the beach at Saltburn

Local and European elections in East Cleveland.

Local elections


Islay, Inner Hebrides, Scotland


Memorial event held on Saltburn beach to mark the World War One Christmas truce football match


Appleby Horse Fair


A welder in a factory in Cleveland


EDL members march through Middlesbrough

DSCF0187-2An anti-EDL rally is held in Middlesbrough on the sameday


The Tour de France peleton rides through Ilkley in Yorkshire on Stage 1 of the race


A unison member stands outside his place of work during industrial action in Middlesbrough

Durham Miners Gala

The Durham miners gala


Flowers mark the seat of MH17 air disaster victim John Alder at St James’s Park in Newcastle


Pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Middlesbrough


Sunderland Air Show


Country Show


A sheep takes shelter in a bus stop on the North Yorkshire Moors


A man on a mobility scooter rides along the edge of a reservoir in Yorkshire

Lancaster Bomber visits North of England

One of only two remaining flying Lancaster bombers is parked in a hangar at Durham Tees Valley airport


A youth jumps from a sea wall into the harbour at Beadnell Bay in Northumberland

Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Selkirk, Scotland

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg campaigns for a ‘NO’ vote for Scottish Independence in Selkirk, Scotland

Stokesley Agricultural Show

Jack Harland stands with one of his cows at Danby Agricultural Show in Yorkshire

Angel of the North

A man walks at the foot of the Angel of the North


Stone balancing at Sandsend, North Yorkshire

Crathorne Hall Fire

Firefighters tackle a blaze at Crathorne Hall in North Yorkshire


A re-enactor poses for a picture during the Pickering War Weekend

Memorial beach fishing competition

Gary Hewitt from Eston poses for a picture during the annual Jim Maidens memorial beach fishing competition in Saltburn by the Sea in Cleveland.


A ship crashes through waves as it leaves Teesport


Gavin Woodward from Middlesbrough dresses as the reaper during the Whitby Goth weekend


Skinningrove fireworks and bonfire display

Remembrance Sunday ceremony  in Middlesbrough

A young Army cadet stands next to a wall with names of soldiers killed during war at Middlesbrough War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday

Year_in_Focus_0053Employees from Boulby Potash mine look out over the firm’s Potash and Salt storage area at Teesport


Miner Steve Shaw stands under the green glow of a ‘safe haven’ room that offers emergency equipment and breathing apparatus in case of emergencies at the Boulby Potash mine

Year_in_Focus_0055Belgian Draught Horses Cindy (L) and Daisy are worked by their owners Marie and Paddy Pennock during a ploughing match near Staithes, North Yorkshire

DSCF0008AJudy Forsyth sits and watches over her husband Dave, a long-term Parkinson’s sufferer. Dave died a few days later.


The fishing boat ‘Senna’ is taken to the waters edge for launch at Saltburn beach, Cleveland

Year_in_Focus_0057The ‘Santa Special’ steam train from the North Yorks Moors Railway heads towards Levisham in North Yorkshire

IFXT0003Walkers on the beach, Saltburn, Cleveland

  Teesside weather

 A glowing red sunrise greets the day over Teesside



Industrial Teesside

Middleham_Gallops_0044jockeys and racehorses ride out at Middleham Gallops in Yorkshire under a snow shower

IFXT0025A heavy snow flurry is back lit by the sun in Swaledale in Yorkshire

North Yorks Moors Railway

A locomotive from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam down the track to Pickering after leaving the engine sheds at Grosmont

IFXT0023The Hartlepool Bombardment centenary


The Sankta Lucia Festival of Light choir perform at York Minster

IFXP0043Turkeys and other poultry are laid out on tables prior to the Christmas sales at York Auction Centre

0001A woman with a head-torch walks around Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria on the evening of the Winter Solstice


Redcar Boxing Day Dip


William Carter (L), 11 from Keldholme has a snowball fight with his sister Eleanor, 9 on the North Yorkshire Moors near Castleton


Lifeboats from Redcar RNLI conduct training off the beach at Saltburn


Sea coal being collected from Saltburn beach


Jack Rothwell from Lancashire plays with his dog Barley on the beach at Saltburn by the Sea in Cleveland as dawn breaks on the last day of 2014




To see more of my work visit my website and blogs via the link…….. HERE

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