Personal Information

Name

Jon Sparks

Address

1 Waterside Close

Town

Garstang

County

Lancashire

Postcode

PR3 1HJ

Telephone

01995 605340

Email Address

jonsparks@mac.com

Website(s)

http://jonsparks.zenfolio.com/

Specialist Activities

Photographer – landscape and outdoor activities, especially walking, cycling and mountain biking
Writer – outdoor features, guidebooks (outdoor and general travel), books and articles on photography
Photography workshops – landscape and outdoor pursuits photography, using Nikon DSLRs, Lightroom

Specialist Areas

Lake District
Lancashire
Yorkshire Dales
Finland and the Baltic
Scotland

Professional Details

Short Biography

I am a professional photographer and writer specialising in landscape and outdoor subjects, and based in Lancashire, England. I’m passionate about walking, climbing and cycling, but my enthusiasm encompasses almost any activity that doesn’t involve the infernal combustion engine. In the last few years I’ve been ocean sailing, snorkelling, kayaking, canyoning and cross-country skiing as well as trekking, scrambling and climbing. I have also ridden bikes on everything from the boards of the Manchester Velodrome to the gnarly descents of the Quantocks.
I also write extensively about photography, regularly producing Nikon camera guides for Ammonite Press.
I have travelled and photographed in Pakistan, New Zealand, Canada, Morocco, and Australia, as well as most countries in Europe. I supply images to the global libraries Corbis and Alamy as well as directly from my own library.

Professional Activities

Commissioned and stock photography: own picture library, contributes to global agencies Corbis and Alamy;
Writer of almost 50 books and numerous articles;
Photography workshops

Recent Publications

Expanded Guides: Nikon D600, Nikon D7100, Nikon D800, Nikon D3200, Nikon D5200, Nikon Coolpix P7700, Nikon D5100, Canon Rebel T3i/EOS 600D – and many more!
Hike and Bike Bowland – Grey Stone Books, 2011
Outdoor Photography (with Chiz Dakin) – Cicerone Press 2011
Scrambles and Easy Climbs in the Lake District (2nd edition) (with Judith Brown) – Grey Stone Books 2011
Travellers Finland (4th Edition) – Thomas Cook 2011
Travellers Baltic Cruising (2nd Edition) – Thomas Cook 2011

Awards

OWPG Words and Pictures Award 2012
OWPG Outdoor Feature Award 2011
OWG Outdoor Book Award 2004
Commended in Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2009
British Guild of Travel Writers Award for Best Photography, 2002
Overall winner, Isle of Man Tourism Photo Competition 2003
Highly Commended in OWG/OWPG Award for Photography, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2011