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I'll try to keep this short: I was born in Kent; lived in Hong Kong; did a degree in film; photography and dance (yes dance!) in York; went travelling for 2 years through Africa, Asia and Australia; worked for Trailfinders travel agency in London where I enjoyed a lot of free travel (those were the days);  married  a Yorkshire lass and moved to rural France in 1992. Since then I've renovated numerous old ruins and turned them into characterful stone houses, which we now let out in the tourist season.

So what about the photography? My interest in photography started in my teens when I lived in Hong Kong. Living in such a different culture opened my eyes to a new world and gave me a taste for travel. Armed with a second hand Canon and a couple of lenses I learned my trade on the road, shooting thousands of transparencies. The slides started to pile up, so I submitted them to stock agencies.  As they sold in ever-increasing numbers, I decided to dedicate more time to photography. My dream had always been to combine travel with photography and after a running a few tours and workshops, I decided to go full time in 2011. I absolutely love running tours and have spent time with amazing, inspiring people as a result. So I guess that makes me a travel photographer and a tour leader. 

My principle stock agencies are AWL images and 4 Corners images. They work amazingly hard to sell my images in an increasingly competitive market.  My photos have appeared in many publications and other media over the years with some of my main clients being Conde Nast Traveller, Michelin guides, Wanderlust travel magazine, France magazine and Sunday Times Travel.

Lastly, I'd say that my natural habitat is outdoors. I'm more comfortable in the countryside than in a busy city. I prefer the sound of birdsong to traffic and a real jungle to a concrete jungle. As far as I'm concerned, the less time spent in front of the computer the better. Being surrounded by nature and beauty just makes me happy. It's as simple as that!

Kit List

  • Canon R5
  • Canon 5DSr
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f4-5,6 L IS
  • Canon Macro EF 100mm f2,8 L IS
  • Canon T&S 17mm L
  • Lee filters: ND grads, graduated and polariser
  • Gitzo tripod
  • Speedlite flash 600 EX-RT

Here's a list of tours I've run in the last 10 years and some photos of happy groups.  

Past Workshops

  • Myanmar    x5
  • Vietnam      x2
  • China           x3
  • India
  • Morocco     x2
  • Oman
  • Tanzania safari
  • Zanzibar
  • Cuba
  • Tuscany       x5
  • Venice Carnival x10
  • Slovenia      x2
  • Croatia
  • Valencia
  • Camargue white horses    x30+
  • Provence lavender x12
  • Provence landscape x 20
  • Languedoc Roussillon  x7
  • Dordogne         x30+
  • Brittany             x3
  • Atlantic Coast x2
  • Alsace               x2
  • Lake District UK
  • Corsica x2
  • Greece (Pelicans)
Tim Mannakee