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




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Putting to sea

Fishermen in Saltburn take advantage of a flat spell and head out as the sun rises to go fishing in the North sea…


Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 10.18.19The picture ran in the Times


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My Year in Pictures 2013

So we’re fast approaching the end of yet another year and once again it has reached that time when it seems that every photographer with access to some sort of social media bombards the unwary viewer with a load of pictures that they’ve shot throughout the year……..and alas dear reader……I’m no different!

Now just to warn you – I’ve included quite a few pictures here – but then again it’s my blog so I can 😉 So grab a brew or a glass of your favourite Rioja, sit back and scroll through some of the pictures I’ve shot over this last year. Some were taken when out on assignment for Getty Images or London News Pictures others where shot for the regional papers. Some where taken as part of projects I’ve been working on and even from the occasional wedding whilst others were shot while I was out and about and I just thought it made a nice picture!

But each in their own way remind me of something throughout the year and of what a busy, at times stressful but ultimately of what a rewarding photographic year it’s been…..let’s hope next year brings more of the the same!

All the best.

Saltburn public meeting against proposed parking charges.Saltburn residents attend a public meeting against proposed parking charges

Freezing fog at South Gare, TeessideSouth Gare fishermen’s Huts, Teesside

Freezing fog at South Gare, TeessideRunners and windfarm, Teesside

IF1_4647.jpgSurfer Gabe Davies takes off on a huge wave, Teesside

Heavy snowfall on the North Yorkshire moorsA tractor clears snow from a road, North Yorkshire

Snow fun in North YorkshireSnowboarder, Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire

Heavy flooding in ClevelandSam Davis carries his dog, Meg, across a flooded road, Saltburn

0125Scots Guards homecoming, Catterick

Malton_Livestock_Auction_0043.jpgSheep farmer, Malton, North Yorkshire

Brass_Band_Champioships_0079.jpgBattle of the Bands competition, Bradford, West Yorkshire

0128A man walks through heavy snow, Loftus, East Cleveland

L1004886.jpgGuitar player on Saltburn pier

0130Cavendish’s Horses, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

IF1_7722.jpg A motorcyclist takes a break as the A66 road is closed by snow

IF1_7795-2.jpgHeading to the surf

0133A woman feeds seagulls, South Gare, Teesside

Huge waves crash against the lighthouse in the area known as South Gare on Teesside.

Waves crash over the lighthouse, South Gare, Teesside


Farmer Stuart Buckle tends to his sheep during heavy snow, Bleathgill Farm, Cumbria


Demonstrators attend a parade against local council officials, Saltburn, Cleveland


Steam Train, Cleveland


Moto-X, Teesside


Three kids keep warm on the beach, Saltburn, Cleveland

Easington colliery on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the pit in the town.

Pigeon owner, Easington, County Durham

Easington colliery on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the pit in the town.The day of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, Easington, County Durham

Easington colliery on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the pit in the town.A banner is unfurled on the day of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, Easington, County Durham

0143An owl and her keeper, RSPB Saltholme, Teesside

0144Cricket match, Middlesbrough

Saltburn band 'Just Void' playing at the Victoria pub in Saltburn.Local band ‘Just Void’ play in the Victoria Pub, Saltburn, Cleveland

0146Actor Martin Shaw on set on Saltburn seafront

March for the AlternativeA demonstrator takes part in a march against government cuts, Middlesbrough, Cleveland

March for the AlternativeMembers of the public protest against government cuts, Middlesbrough, Cleveland

L1006354.jpgBand ‘Alpha Place’ perform, Middlesbrough

0150Sand racing, Majuba Beach, Redcar, Cleveland

The Leeds Conference and Hospitality Show 2013Penguin, Leeds

South Shields byelectionSouth Shields by-election

L1007396.jpgWoman with tuna, Madeira

L1007988.jpgView from the window, Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

L1008094-2.jpgHomecoming parade, York, Yorkshire

Mysterious knitting returns to Saltburn pierA young girl reaches up for knitted figures, Saltburn Pier, Cleveland

National Railway Museum in YorkThe Mallard, National Railway Museum, York

Foggy SaltburnFoggy streets, Saltburn, Cleveland

Coast People, Robin Hood's BayA young boy plays on the beach, Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire

Alison Carr, WriterNewcastle based writer Alison Carr – photographed as part of the Writer Fifty project for the Traverse Theatre

Appleby Horse FairAppleby Horse Fair, Cumbria

World War VeteranWorld War Two veteran, Eddie Straight

0163Summer Solstice, Kielder Observatory, Northumberland

Arriva bus incident on Saltburn BankA bus grounded on Saltburn Bank, Cleveland

Foghorn RequiemOrlando Gough, composer of ‘The Foghorn Requiem’ poses in front of Souter Lighthouse, South Shields

Preston Park Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle ShowKids enjoy a ride at an agricultural show, Yorkshire

RAF TyphoonA typhoon flies overhead during an exercise, Saltburn, Cleveland

L1009223.jpgCatch of the day, Saltburn, Cleveland

0169MP William Hague, Richmond, Yorkshire

Duncombe Park Steam RallyA man sits outside his caravan at the start of Duncombe Park Steam Fair, Helmsley, Yorkshire

Duncombe Park Steam RallyA young boy poses in front of his families steam engine during Duncombe Park Steam Fair, Helmsley, Yorkshire

Duncombe Park Steam RallyThree brothers pose for the camera at a farming show in Yorkshire

0173The Funtime Express, Yorkshire

The Great Yorkshire showThe Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire

The Great Yorkshire showThe Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Durham Miners GalaDurham Miners Gala

Durham Miners GalaA man with a ‘pit head and miner ‘tattoo on his back sits with his family during the Durham Miners Gala

The Great Yorkshire ShowSunset over Northumberland

WhitbyA family sit surrounded by seagulls on the beach at Whitby, North Yorkshire

Pickering Traction Engine RallyMerry-go-round

L1010236.jpgStorm clouds form over Teesside

L1010279.jpgA young boy stands next to a sea wall, Redcar, Cleveland

Christine Rogers rides Ted on Saltburn beach on TeessideChristine Rogers rides down the beach at Saltburn, Cleveland

L1010336.jpgHuntcliff, Saltburn, Cleveland

L1010345.jpgA man poses for the camera during Saltburn Folk Weekend

0186Ursa Major – also known as The Great Bear – is visible above clouds that are lit from below by industrial sites on Teesside

The Perseid Meteor ShowerThe perseid meteor shower

0188Graduation day at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Sheet lightning behind clouds over TeessideDark clouds over Teesside

The wedding of Nick and Diana Varley at Walworth Castle on Sunday 25th August 2013The wedding of Nick and Diana

0191Runners avoid a flooded road, Saltburn, Teesside

Surfing in Saltburn, Cleveland.Surfer Karl Frampton leaps from Saltburn pier into the water as he goes for a surf

L1010873.jpg‘Captain Cook’, Whitby, North Yorkshire

L1010889.jpgNo dogs allowed

LGBT Community Pride paradeMiss Tess Tickle and her dog ‘Beau’ at the LGBT parade, Middlesbrough, Cleveland

L1011440.jpgA man sits and reflects at the National Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

Firefighter strike in MiddlesbroughA young boy holds a fire brigade union flag during a 4-hour walk out by firefighters over a pension dispute, Grangetown, Middlesbrough

L1011490.jpgRich and Laura get married

Ryedale Vineyard near Westow, York at the start of the first harvest of the season.Ryedale Vineyards first grape harvest of the year, Yorkshire

Hay Bale fire on Saltburn RoadFirefighters attend a hay bail fire, Teesside

Saltburn Pier, ClevelandUmbrellas on Saltburn pier

Coast People - ScarboroughTeddy Boy, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coast People - LindisfarneFishing cobbles, Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Pickering 1940's War WeekendPickering War Weekend, North Yorkshire

Pickering 1940's War WeekendPickering War Weekend, North Yorkshire

0206Surfer Stuart Campbell performs during the UK Pro Surf Tour, Saltburn, Cleveland

0207Halloween event at Saltholme Nature Reserve, Billingham, Teesside

Whitby Gothic WeekendWhitby Gothic Weekend

World record attempt for largest gathering of elvesWorld Record breaking attempt for the largest gathering of elves, York

Middlesbrough Remembrance ServiceRemembrance Sunday, Middlesbrough

Lumiere lights up DurhamThe Lumiere event, Durham City

Lucie & Tom's weddingLucie and Tom get married

Personnel Recovery Centre in CatterickSerjeant George Norton, 31 waits for a lecture to begin at the Personnel Recovery Centre, Catterick.

George suffered a severe brain injury after being shot in the head whilst deployed to Afghanistan two years ago

Prince Charles visits PD Ports in MiddlesbroughPrince Charles meets local school children as he visits PD Ports in Middlesbrough, Cleveland

Storm surge hits SaltburnThe worst storm surge in 30 years hits the coast of the UK including Saltburn which sustained heavy damage to many of the seafront buildings including the pier arcade

Sunrise over Huntcliff, SaltburnClouds over Huntcliff in Saltburn are illuminated by an early morning sunrise

Anti-racism march in MiddlesbroughAn anti-racism march held by the Middlesbrough FC supporters group Red Faction pose with a banner outside the Riverside stadium

IF1_5371The Sankta Lucia Festival of Light at York Minster

IF1_5536Families and relatives gather in Lockerbie for the 25th anniversary of the air disaster

Saltburn and Redcar Boxing Day DipThe Boxing Day dip at Saltburn