Photography with purpose

A multi award winning Press/PR/Corporate/Sport/Event/Portrait photographer with over three decades experience working for the regional and national press. Many of my photographs are published worldwide. A staff photographer with The Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Western Daily Press for 16 years until August 2014 when they adopted a freelance model. I am the EDF ENERGY SOUTH WEST NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2009 and 2014. I have photographed every Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher, U.S.A President Barack Obama and President elect Hillary Clinton, former Russian President Gorbachev, all the royal family including the Queen Mother and Princess Diana, covered hard news, news, features, celebrities including A Lister’s Harrison Ford, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Mel Gibson (see celebrities section) on the red carpet in London, Gloucester Rugby, Cheltenham Horse racing, Gloucestershire County Cricket, Gatcombe and Badminton Horse Trials, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta, the International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, and have accompanied the former Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Wiltshire Regiment (now the Rifles) to Belfast, Ireland, and peacekeeping in Kosovo 2004.


Welcome to my website

Across the following pages I have tried to pack in a lifetime of work illustrating my vast experience. I think it shows the versatility of my photography. I invite you to view the themed pages and let the images speak for themselves, or if you click on the image there is a brief explanation or story about the photograph. My wealth of experience shown through this website speaks for itself, so if you are in need of my photography services please call me on 07718 152168 or I look forward to your call and many thanks for viewing my site.

Brief biography & 2014 - present

Since August 2014 I have been concentrating on my freelance career and have worked for clients such as BORN FREE, NESPRESSO, the London Ambulance Service, Britain Stronger in Europe, British Heart Foundation, WELL CHILD, England Rugby Travel, Vision Express, WWT Slimbridge, Tidal Lagoon Power, Horizon Nuclear Power, Energy PR, the Labour and Conservative parties, Yorkshire Building Society, International Centre for Birds of Prey, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Marketing Gloucester, Meningitis Now, Glos County Council, Pages Creative, Kuehne and Nagel, the Everyman Theatre, Silver Ball PR, Gravitas PR, Rain Communications, Gloucester Quays, Cotswold Life, Newsquest, Swindon Evening Advertiser, plus many more. I have also self generated press photos and have had work published in and on websites for The Times, The SUN, The Guardian, The Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, METRO, Paris Match, TIME Magazine, Daily Mail, Mail Online, New York Post, Huffington Post, Contactmusic,, GLOBAL NEWS, and other websites across the world including in Europe, Brazil, China, Russia, Africa, Australia, the USA. From 2015 I have had 20 pictures printed in The Times alone (see Latest section). My work is distributed direct to national picture desks and through Barcroft Media/Getty Images/WENN/Caters News Agency. I am on Facebook Paul Nicholls Photography, on Twitter @paulnicholls444, Instagram, Linked In. To end 2015 a baby Condor picture made the Telegraph website’s Animal Pictures of the Year 2015, from pics worldwide. A Great Grey Owl picture also won a slot in I AM NIKON 2015 short film.

2016 saw me build my PR/Corporate client base. National and worldwide coverage included:

  • Worldwide press coverage for Kevin Nicks and his Road Legal Shed. The pics made the Daily Mail in print, DailyTelegraph Online and websites from the USA to Russia, China.
  • Stormtroopers celebrating MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU in Coleford, Gloucestershire, made websites all across the USA, China and TIBET.
  • Approached by Wildlife TV Presenter Anneka Svenska to promote her Ascot Hat, the largest in Ascot’s history and carrying a message about horse deaths in horse racing in the UK, pics made the front page of the Daily Telegraph, and in the Daily Express, The Times, Global Times, Huffington Post.
  • May 2016 : I was Highly Commended in the Event Photography Awards.
  • June 2016 : ‘A’ Lister’s Sir Ian McKellen and Lionel Richie pics went global. McKellen made US Weekly, AHLAN, an English speaking website in the United Arab Emirates and China, whilst both Sir Ian and Lionel Richie made entertainment websites Contactmusic.
  • June 2016 : NPHOTO Magazine feature on me and my aerial air to air microlight photography.
  • June 2016 : I was the first photographer to photograph the new F35 fighter jet landing in England at RAF Fairford. The pics made Mail Online.
  • July 2016 : I was commissioned for work with The Times, and a baby Zebra called Casper at the Cotswold Wildlife Park made the Daily Telegraph and The Times.
  • July 2016 : Commissioned by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to cover a visit by HRH The Prince of Wales visiting their nature reserve at Daneway, Sapperton. The pics were used extensively by themselves and I also managed to get them used on the Daily Telegraph website and Cotswold Life
  • August 2016 : Baby Lion cubs made THE SUN Online and The Times in print, whilst Zara Tindall (Phillips) competing at the Gatcombe Horse Trials made the Daily Mail Online. Further pictures of Mike Tindall with daughter Mia made the Sunday Telegraph in print.
  • September 2016 : I photographed living legends Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr from The Beatles at the premiere of Eight Days a Week in London.
  • November 2016 : Commissioned to photograph HRH the Prince of Wales at the WWT Slimbridge 70th Anniversary celebrations.
  • November 2016 : Girl Choristers at Gloucester Cathedral make the Daily Telegraph in print, whilst Solar Panels blessed by the Dean at Gloucester Cathedral made Page 4 of The Times in print.
  • December 2016 : A cold weather sunset pic at Haresfield Beacon, Gloucestershire, made The Times in print.
  • December 2016 : 5 Santa Fun Run pics in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, made Mail Online.
  • December 2016 : I photographed Human Swan Sacha Dench air to air from a microlight on the final stretch of her epic trip following the flight of the Bewick Swans from Russia to WWT Slimbridge.
  • December 2016 : Lions opening Christmas presents at Cotswold Wildlife Park made Cotswold Life plus Swindon Advertiser, Oxford Mail, and surprisingly the Ottawa Citizen in Canada?
  • December 2016 : 3 pictures from my year made the prestigious I AM NIKON 2016 short film.

Highlights of 2017 include:

  • January : My pics of rescued dogs arriving at Heathrow Airport from a South Korean Dog Farm make the Huffington Post, FOX NEWS USA, and The Sun, UK.
  • February : Valentines Otters make all across the USA.
  • February : A fly-tipped mobile home makes The Times in print and Mail Online.
  • March : A Sifaka baby makes the Telegraph Online and MSN. Global coverage.
  • March : I persuade Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn to wear a Red Nose for Comic Relief. Pics make The Sun, Daily Mirror and Daily Star in print.
  • April : Paragliders on Selsley Common, Gloucestershire, make The Times in print and the Telegraph Online. Glorious weather pic.
  • May : I accompany Virginia McKenna, BORN FREE, and Vic Reeves on a lion rescue from a rescue centre in Belguim to Frankfurt Airport in Germany. The pics make the Daily Express, MSN and other sites around the world. Global coverage.
  • May : I am the official photographer at the HOPE 4 TOMORROW LEGENDS OF LE MANS EVENT in London. Guests include F1’s Ross Brawn and Martin Brundle.
  • May : A hot weather pic of a Penguin being hosed down makes the Daily Express in print.
  • May : Runner up in the Trade Section of the Event Photography Awards 2017.
  • June : Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson at the Adlestrop Dog Show makes the front page of The Times, Mail
  • Online, HEAT magazine, the Racing Post, and various celebrity websites around the world. Global coverage.
  • June : Government Minister Michael Gove at the Malvern Three Counties Show makes the Daily Telegraph in print and The Guardian online.
  • June : Kool and the Gang and The Jacksons performing at Blenheim Palace make entertainment sites around the world.
  • June : Official photographer at the London Ambulance Service Awards in London.
  • July : Moccas the Condor and tennis balls makes entertainment site
  • July : The Red Arrows with the Thunderbirds, and the Stealth Bomber performing at the RAF Fairford Air Tattoo make the Daily Telegraph in print and Mail Online.
  • July : Official photographer at HRH The Princess Royal visiting the International Birds of Prey Centre in Newent, Gloucestershire, for their 50th Anniversary.
  • July : Prince William and Prince Harry playing Polo in Cirencester Park goes global on entertainment sites around the world.
  • August : Zara Tindall at the Gatcombe Festival of Eventing goes global on entertainment sites around the world.
  • August : David Hartland and his tree sculpture, Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire, makes the Daily Telegraph in print.
  • August : Commissioned by The Times to photograph a company who restore old typewiters. Used Times Online and in print.
  • August : A Roman Mosaic at Chedworth Roman Villa makes Page 2 Daily Telegraph in print.
  • September : Nacho a Red Titi Monkey baby makes Telegraph Online, MSN Online and AOL. Global coverage.
  • September : Worked for a PR company photographing a JEDI Training Remote. Pics used on TOYNEWS, T3, TOYWORLD, and JEDI NEWS.
  • September : PR piece on Wincanton in Gloucestershire. Used in the Scottish press.
  • September : Worked for Gloucestershire Police covering a visit by Home Secretary Amber Rudd to Stroud Police Station.
  • September : A baby Rhino pic makes The Guardian in print.
  • September : Madley Satelitte Station lit pink makes the BBC websites.
  • September : A ploughing match in Fairford makes The Times in print.
  • October : Hillary Clinton at the Cheltenham Literature Festival makes the Telegraph Online and Mirror Online.
  • October : A strange Orange Sun makes Mirror Online.
  • October : Keeley Sheppard Universal Credit pics makes Mirror Online, METRO Online and LAD BIBLE.
  • October : Worked for the National Trust covering the BBC Autumnwatch press call at Sherborne in Gloucestershire.
  • October : A single black sheep in a field of white sheep makes The Times in print.
  • October : Remembrance Clock Tower in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, makes The Times in print and online.
  • October : Parkinson’s Disease sufferer David Trinder in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, makes Mirror Online.
  • November : I am the official photographer at the Festival of Engineering in Trowbridge.
  • November : A baby Dik Dik makes The Times in print and The LADY magazine.
  • November : A Groaning Cheese old tradition pic makes the Daily Telegraph in print.
  • November : I photograph Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and John Lithgow in London.
  • November : Official photographer for England Rugby Travel at Twickenham during England v Samoa.
  • November : File pics of Thunderbirds at RAF Fairford Air Tattoo make all over the USA.
  • November : Interviewed for an hours biography programme on BBC RADIO Gloucestershire.
  • December : Supermoon over Gloucester Cathedral makes the METRO Online and a Getty Images Supermoon Photo Album. Global coverage.
  • December : Ulrika Jonsson visiting the Bristol Children’s Hospital for the British Heart Foundation. Mail Online, Global news websites and HELLO magazine.
  • December : Hoxton a Great Grey Owl at the Birds of Prey Centre, Newent, who saw snow for the first time after the snow fall of Sunday 10th December. Guardian website.
  • December : Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, make The Times and The Daily Telegraph in print.
  • December : Two of my animal pictures make the MSN.COM Adorable Zoo Babies of 2017 from pictures taken around the world. Global coverage.

Further PR and major companies to use me have included Kava Communications, TOUGH MUDDER, the, Footlocker, Homesense, Hewlett Packard and Interserve.
I am available for PR/PRESS/CORPORATE/PORTRAIT/SPORT/CONFERENCES/EVENT Photography and I am in line with prices quoted by other photographers. I have hourly rates, half day, full day rates, and am willing to travel, so contact me on and on mobile 07718 152168.

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