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Colin Westgate commenced his interest in photography in 1959, when he was given a 35mm camera for his birthday, and it quickly became an essential part of his life. Living deep in the Sussex countryside, it was natural for him to photograph the landscape and his passion for this is undiminished. He has travelled extensively, both in the UK and overseas, particularly to Iceland, where the light and amazing geological features are an endless fascination.
In 1993, following early retirement, he established Quest Photography, with the aim of providing practical workshops and photographic holidays. This proved so successful, that at one time he was running over 60 workshops every year. Nowadays the emphasis is mainly on holidays, which remain as popular as ever.
He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1976 and in 1990, obtained Mastership of the International Federation of Photographic Art (MFIAP) - at the time only the second British photographer to earn this distinction. More recently, he was awarded Mastership of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (MPAGB). He is also a Member of the London Salon of Photography and has sat on the panels for the Royal Photographic Society’s Licentiateship distinctions, and for Associate & fellowship in Photographic Printing. He has exhibited throughout the world, gaining many awards and has been a selector at a number of home and International exhibitions. He lectures and judges at Camera Clubs throughout the U.K.
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