My interest in military aviation began in the early 1980's when I visited the annual airshows at my local Teesside Airport (now Durham Tees Valley Airport).

I first took photographs at RAF Mildenhall's Air Fete in 1992 using an Olympus AZ-330 Superzoom, borrowed from my grandparents! Eventually I bought my own compact camera followed by my first SLR, a Canon EOS-300, in 1999. The digital age began in 2003 with a Canon EOS-10D Digital SLR.

I have travelled the world in pursuit of military aviation photography, from the Arctic conditions of northern Norway, to the baking heat of the Nevada desert, and many countries in between. To date I have been on assignments to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.


My first published image came in 2005 and I have been a regular contributor of articles and images to some of Europe's leading aviation titles ever since. In 2010 I was appointed as a 'Special Correspondent' for Combat Aircraft magazine. I have also supplied images for use by Alenia-Aermacchi, Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon, SAAB, 9 Regiment (AAC), 43(F) Squadron (RAF), 94th Fighter Squadron (USAF) and Luke AFB.

I had my first taste of air-to-air photography in 2006 when I flew with the Collings Foundation over Texas, USA. I was given the incredible experience of flying in their B-17G Flying Fortress to shoot the world's only flying B-24J Liberator. Since then I have also flown with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal New Zealand AF, United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, Swiss Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Royal Navy.

I have embarked on United States Navy aircraft carriers and a Royal Norwegian Coast Guard vessel.

Award-winning photography

I was awarded the 2nd, runner-up prize, in the Action category of Photographer of the Year 2005, as voted for by the Editorial team and readers of Digital Camera magazine.

The prize-winning shot (left) was taken at NAS Pensacola, Florida, on my first visit to the USA in 2004. It was taken at the instant when a US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet momentarily created it's own condensation cloud as it approached the sound barrier at almost 700mph!

The shot was published in the November 2005 issue with Editor's comments including "Neil's image impresses with it's sense of timing and the technical skill required to do such a fleeting moment justice" and "A great catch".

In 2008 I won a runner-up prize in a photographic competition organised by SanDisk, in association with Ducati. The theme of the competition was 'speed'.

My entry (right) was of a US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet taken at NAS Oceana, Virginia, USA in September 2007.

Photographic equipment
(current from 01/05/10)

Camera bodies:


Canon EOS-40D DSLR

Canon EOS-40D DSLR


Canon's professional 'L-series' lenses are used exclusively:

EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM EF 300mm f/4L IS USM EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM


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