Nigel Hicks: an experienced professional photographer

One of the UK’s most experienced professional photographers

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Nigel Hicks Photography; an experienced professional photographer

Nigel Hicks is an enormously experienced professional photographer, with almost 30 years as a professional photographer. He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), the highest qualification in what is one of the UK’s leading professional photography bodies. He is also a member of the prestigious National Geographic Image Collection.

Nigel is based in Devon, in southwest England, his work consisting of a mixture of international and local UK projects. From his office in south Devon he is well positioned to provide photographic services throughout England’s southwest. Most especially, he is very conveniently located for photography projects in and around Devon’s main centres of Exeter, Torquay/Torbay and Plymouth.

A range of photographic skills

Being such an experienced professional photographer, Nigel has inevitably gained a very broad and in-depth range of photographic skills. His work covers a wide gamut that includes:

  • people
  • landscapes
  • nature/wildlife
  • architecture and interiors

This range of photographic skills is used to its fullest in the travel and tourism sector, for which he regularly shoots both internationally and across the southwest counties of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Photo locations regularly include hotels, holiday lets, venues and destinations, and festivals/events.

Editorial and commercial photography

Nigel’s work regularly cuts across the editorial and commercial fields. His work for the former includes a range of magazine and book publishers, while for the latter he often works for agencies, travel companies and property sales. Moreover, he also supplies a number of photo libraries, through which much of his photography is licensed for editorial and commercial use.

In addition to photography, Nigel also writes extensively for magazines, newspapers and books. His subject matter is frequently travel, the environment and wildlife, but also includes photography itself.

Find out more by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Photography courses, tours and talks

For the past 15 years, Nigel has worked hard to transmit many of his hard-won photographic skills to a new generation of photographers (mostly amateurs). He does this through his own programme of one-day photography workshops that take place across southwest England. Course locations are as diverse as the streets of Bath, the high moors and forests of Dartmoor or Exmoor National Parks, and the beaches, cliffs and harbours of the Devon coast.

In addition, he runs occasional photography tours, leading groups of keen photographers to a number of destinations, most especially Iceland and the southwest’s Isles of Scilly.

Coupled with this work, Nigel gives regular online photography talks, usually one Wednesday evening a month.

To find out more click on the links at the bottom of this page.

An experienced professional photographer: photography workshops and tours

Publishing work

Linked to his editorial photography described above, Nigel’s experience has led him to set up his own publishing company, known as Aquaterra Publishing, which is slowly generating a range of books that feature both his writing and his photography. To date, all the books published by Aquaterra Publishing have been about southwest England, and include the titles Wild Southwest, Beautiful Devon, Beautiful Cornwall and Beautiful Somerset. Further titles are currently under development.

You can find out more about his books, and buy them from this website by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.

Publishing work.

Photography and videography

Although Nigel is a highly experienced professional photographer, his work has generally focussed on stills photography. However, in recent times has he has increasingly moved into the field of video work. This began with the shooting of short clips to be licensed by some of the photo libraries he supplies.

However, a recent development has been to join forces with a Cornwall-based video company to add another stream to his work. This will offer the production of short videos as a new service to clients. This side of things is still under development: more news on this soon!

Equipment used

Nigel uses exclusively Canon camera equipment for both stills and video work. At present, his cameras are:

Canon EOS 7D MkII and Canon EOS 5D MkIV. In addition, he uses a Canon Powershot G1X MkII in a housing for underwater photography.

Lenses are all Canon’s top-of-the range L series, and include the 17-40mm f/4, 24-105mm f/4 and 70-200mm f/4 IS lenses as the core of his equipment, coupled with a 100mm f/2.8 IS macro, a 300mm f/4 IS and a 24mm f/2.8 tilt-and-shift lens.

Commissioning Nigel

Feel free to get in touch with Nigel any time you would like to consider him for a photography or publishing project. Naturally, he’d be delighted to provide photography or writing for your project. We’ll look forward to receiving your phone call, e-mail or letter any time.

Contact Nigel Hicks at:

5 Canons Close, Bishopsteigton, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9RU, Great Britain.

Tel: 01626 770181 or 07977 546961; E-mail:

Finding out more

To see a range of Nigel’s work on this website click on any of the links below:

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