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Chris Parker

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Full name Chris Parker
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
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I’m a regular freelance travel writer & photographer for a variety of magazines including Woman’s Weekly, In Britain and Heritage. I have worked as a freelance photographer since the late 1980s Commercial Clients include: Brittany Ferries, Butlin’s, English Heritage, Euro tunnel, Department of Transport, Pontin’s, Rough Guide Book Series, Royal Mail, Leeds Castle, Countryside Agency, Tresco Estate - The Isles of Scilly, SEEDA, Emirates Airlines. Local Government Tourism and Travel Eastbourne Borough Council, Essex County Council, Hastings Borough Council, 1066 Country Marketing, Heart of Kent, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Kent County Council, East Lindsey District Council, Maidstone District Council, Medway District Council, South East England Tourist Board, Swale District Council, Worthing Borough Council, Blackpool Borough Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council, Southend Borough Council, VisitKent. Accredited Royal Press Photographer on two overseas tours: Queen’s visit to Barbados and Princess of Wales visit to New York Chris was profiled on Radio 4's Consuming Passions series about his love of photography and was a contributor to BBC 4's Time Shift Series, The North-South Divide.

Editorial work Features writing, Photography
Last updated 26-04-2016 10:16


A Fine Art degree and teaching qualification in the early 1980s led Chris to believe his destiny lay in education.
Luckily for students everywhere, he was attracted to the bright lights of London and joined a publishing company as a cartoonist and illustrator.
When the company decided to update their range of British postcards, Chris persuaded them to give him a trial as a photographer. It was a steep learning curve of apertures, f-stops and transparency film but the apprenticeship proved worthwhile.
Various tourist authorities (including Hastings) began to notice the resulting postcards and Chris was soon commissioned for brochure and advertising assignments for clients such as Butlins and Alton Towers.
Since 1989 Chris has worked as a freelance location photographer and travel writer. He's been based in Hastings following his initial photography assignment for the council.
His images have appeared in The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent and numerous national magazines. He also writes travel articles for Woman's Weekly.
Awards include:
British Life Photography Awards 2015:
Weather category: Winner

Capture Jordan 2011 organised by Jordan Tourism Board – 3rd place

The Travel Photographer of The Year 2004:
Winner: Essence of Travel category

Travel Photographer of the Year competition 2008
Short-listed in the Joy of Travel category

Travel Photographer of the Year competition 2007
Finalist in the One Planet Many Lives category

Travel Photographer of The Year competition 2006
Finalist in the Single Image – Festival category

Travel Photographer of the Year competition 2003
Short-listed in the single image category
Short-listed in the Spirit of Adventure category
Short-listed in the People & Places category
X2 photographs among the judges favourite

Telegraph Travel Photography Awards 2004 – Short-listed