The Importance of Gifting a Camera to a Young Person

Lucie Averill Photographer

Cornwall Photographer Lucie Averill’s passion for photography began with the gift of a Kodak film camera for her ninth birthday. Now her days of shooting film are behind her, and it was the advent of digital photography that led to the immense popularity of her work on today’s social media. “The immediacy of seeing digital photos on screen and the ease of printing really appealed to me,” says Lucie. “Living in Cornwall, we are surrounded by beautiful beaches and landscape. Photography enables me to capture the sense of space, solitude and fleeting light that occur early in the morning or after sunset. I will often revisit familiar places at different times of the year because I am intrigued by the way a place can be transformed by variations in weather and light. Clouds and reflections are also a recurring theme in my work; the way wet sand acts as a giant mirror and emphasises the sense of space can take your breath away.  Equally a receding tide uncovers wonderful sculpted sand patterns, and there is something satisfying about capturing these before somebody leaves their prints. I have learnt a huge amount of technical detail from my photographer brother, Andrew Moxom, and from avid reading of photography magazines. Much of my learning to ‘see’ a photo has come from walks with my artist husband, Simon.”

Lucie’s image “Sunset Ripples” won second prize in the Alverton Penzance “We Love the Coast 2017” International Photographic Contest.

Lucie Averill Photographer

“I was very much aware of Lucie’s impressive Facebook and Instagram following,” comments Roger Driscoll, Director of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “So I was delighted when Lucie decided to enter our competition. Sunset Ripples impressed the judges for its composition, depth of field, use of colour and stunning reflections.”

In many respects Sunset Ripples is typical of Lucie’s work. “As my photography has evolved I try to create the image ‘in camera’ as much as possible,” she says “And I now use a full frame DSLR.  I also use graduated Neutral Density Filters to balance a bright sky, and I love my 6 stop ND filter which allows me to create longer exposures for smooth seas and moving clouds. Often I stay out long after the sun has set so that I can make long exposures without the need for filters. I nearly always use a tripod – I like the way it slows me down when composing a photograph and it is vital for sharp, long exposure images.”

A framed and mounted print of Sunset Ripples will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.

Lucie’s work can be seen on her website www.lucieaverillphotography.co.uk, her Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/lucie-averill, her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lucieaverillphotography/ and on Instagram @Lucie_Averill.


“Sundown at Palliser Bay” by Brian Scurfield

Congratulations to New Zealand photographer Brian Scurfield whose image “Sundown at Palliser Bay” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “We Love the Coast 2017” photographic competition. 

Brian Scurfield Photographer

A framed and mounted print of “Sundown at Palliser Bay” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries. Brian’s work can be seen on his website http://www.memoryoflight.co.nz


“To the Sea” by Jodie Hogarth

Congratulations to Jodie Hogarth whose image “To the Sea” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “We Love the Coast 2017” photographic competition.  Jodie is a 2nd year undergraduate photography and moving image student at Lincoln University where she mainly concentrates on narrative and documentary projects.

Jodie Hogarth Photographer

“I took ‘To the Sea’ locally whilst on last year’s summer break at Cleethorpes beach,” says Jodie.  “It made a pleasant change to shoot just for the enjoyment rather than for a brief. I like to try to capture images spontaneously and with a fresh view that doesn’t require much Photoshop editing. Some of my work can be seen on my Facebook page: @jodiehogarthphotography or on my very new website:  https://jodiehogarthphotog.wixsite.com/photographywebsite

A framed and mounted print of “To the Sea” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.


“Walking the Planks” by Sylvia Tuck

Congratulations to Sylvia Tuck whose image “Walking the Planks” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “We Love the Coast 2017” photographic competition. 

Sylvia Tuck Photo

A framed and mounted print of “Walking the Planks” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries. Sylvia doesn’t have a website or Facebook page, unlike the rest of us procrastinators…  


“Evening Light, Cot Valley” by Bob Berry

Congratulations to Bob Berry whose image “Evening Light, Cot Valley” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “We Love the Coast 2017” photographic competition.  

Cornwall Photographic Contest

A framed and mounted print of “Evening Light, Cot Valley” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries. Bob’s work can be seen on his website www.bbphoto.net


“Harbour Sunrise, Mousehole” by Steve Payter

Congratulations to Steve Payter whose image “Harbour Sunrise, Mousehole” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “We Love the Coast 2017” Photographic Competition.  

Photo Competition Cornwall

A framed and mounted print of “Harbour Sunrise, Mousehole” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries. Steve’s work can be seen on his website http://www.fgfineart.co.uk/ and his Facebook page www.facebook.com/artisancornwall


“Before the Storm” by Nigel Waters

Congratulations to Nigel Waters whose image “Before the Storm” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “We Love the Coast 2017” photographic competition.  

Nigel Waters Photographer

A framed and mounted print of “Before the Storm” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries. Nigel’s work can be seen on his website http://nigelwaters.photography and his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NigelWatersPhotography/


Saltwater on the Camera Doesn’t Matter if you get a Winning Shot!

Aaron Northcott Photographer

Award-Winning Photographer Aaron Northcott travelling on the Paris Metro.

Stick Fishing at Sunset”, an image by award-winning photographer Aaron Northcott, has an interesting story behind it.

“Having already arrived later than I’d planned to the beach in Koggala via TukTuk, Sri Lanka, I was relieved to see that there were still fishermen perched on their platforms,” says Aaron. “The Sun was falling below the horizon and time was short, so I waded out fully clothed into the waves up to my chest – careful to protect my lens from the salty water (unfortunately forgetting about the phone in my pocket!).The fishermen are very used to photographers taking their picture and were happy to hold position for me as I continued to capture my images well after the Sun had set. The final image needed very little post-processing; the colours were spectacular straight from the camera.”

Aaron Northcott Photographer

Stick Fishing at Sunset” was recently awarded third prize in the Alverton Penzance “We Love the Coast 2017” Photographic Competition.

“It’s always very difficult for the judges to decide on third place,” comments Roger Driscoll, Director of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “It can be tough on the fourth and fifth entries because they just miss out. When we first saw Stick Fishing at Sunset we were unaware of the story behind it, in fact we only found out once our decisions had been announced. Stick Fishing at Sunset impressed the judges for its composition, dramatic sky and stunning use of silhouette. We’re now in no doubt that we came to the right conclusion.”

The image is but one example of Aaron’s impressive portfolio. Aaron captures powerful, inspiring imagery and his passion for photography, his subjects and the world around us is always evident through the work he produces – pushing himself constantly to be one of the most versatile, creative and innovative visual artists working in the photography industry today.

“The work I produce has been seen around the world,” he says. “And although I specialise in Wildlife and Landscapes, my portfolio is diverse and also includes Travel, Outdoor Living, Adventure, Portraits, Architecture and much, much more. I am delighted to have had my image selected as one of the top 3 in the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition, it has marked a great start to 2017!”

A passion for wildlife combined with creative flair from a young age has allowed Aaron to build a career that brings him closer to the Natural World and allows him to share his vision and the beauty he sees in the world around us with his audiences.

A framed and mounted print of Stick Fishing at Sunset will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries. Aaron’s work can be seen on his website www.aaronnorthcott.com , his Facebook page www.facebook.com/aaronnorthcottphotography , on Twitter @aaronnorthcott and on Instagram @aaron.northcott


A Swift Journey up a Steep Learning Curve

Jean-Claude Sicart Photographer

Talk to Jean-Claude Sicart about his journey as a photographer and the first thing he will mention is the second hand Canon 400D given to him by his girlfriend as a Christmas present in 2015. With encouragement from his girlfriend, Jean-Claude spent most of 2016 studying online tutorials, photography books and magazines in an effort to teach himself as much about the art form as he could. The end result is an impressive body of work including “Catherine Sunrise”, winner of the Alverton Penzance “We Love the Coast 2017” International Photographic Competition.

Jean-Claude Sicart Photographer

Jean-Claude is originally from Luchon, France, close to the Pyrenees, so he grew up among a spectacular landscape of mountains, lakes and snow. He moved to Australia in 2004 and was immediately attracted to the sheer difference of the Antipodean landscape; desert, outback, beaches and Australian vegetation, a stark contrast to the surroundings of his early life.

“When we first saw Catherine Sunrise, we were convinced it was the work of an art graduate and seasoned professional,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “We were most surprised to learn that Jean-Claude’s journey as a photographer only really began a year ago. The colours, sharpness, composition and depth of field of Catherine Sunrise made it a front runner from the moment we received the submission.”

The winning photo itself was taken at Catherine Hill Bay on the New South Wales Central Coast using Jean-Claude’s beloved Canon 400D on a tripod, a Tokina wide angle lens set at 11mm and f20 with a Nisi graduated filter 4 stop, shutter speed 0.8 sec, ISO 100.

A framed and mounted print of Catherine Sunrise will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.

Jean-Claude’s work can be seen on his website www.sicartphotography.jimdo.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/sicartphotography