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My own Instagram account at @davidlloyd


A LITTLE HISTORY

Instagram is a little like Twitter where simplicity is the requisite, but with the emphasis on pictures over text. It emerged in October 2010 and got to a million users within three months, 10 million in a year, then surpassed Twitter’s 300 million users by the end of 2014, all in turn making billionaires out of its two student developers.

Undoubtedly this coincided too with the rise of camera phones and digital cameras. Initially Instagram was available only on the iPhone and it’s culture developed to be that of an online photo-diary for thousands then millions of people, photo-diarising almost every conceivable event – even idle moments of the day did not escape Instagrammers as evidenced by posts of coffees, lunches, pets, and bored-waiting-for-the-bus snaps of one’s own feet. Arguably it also gave rise to the selfie, and by extension the development of the selfie stick.

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2014 In Review

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FOR EACH END OF YEAR REVIEW as in 2011, 2012 and 2013, my own revisiting them twelve months hence is just as important as writing them to begin with. It’s one more yardstick to measure where I was then to where I am now. One’s own photography needs to evolve (just as anything else does) otherwise you become in danger of being stuck in your own past.

As with previous years there were objectives to achieve, and much of this year was taken up with my new book, AS LONG AS THERE ARE ANIMALS, along with its accompanying exhibition. Then if I could manage to sell a few pictures or win a award or two along the way, then so much the better.

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April Newsletter

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Issue three of my newsletter is out today. If you’ve not already subscribed, you can at do so right here.

As a teaser, here are the contents of issue three:

  1. WildPhotos 2014 announcement
  2. My First Book, Due Autumn 2014
  3. Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda this November
  4. African Big Cat Safaris 2015
  5. New Destinations for 2015
  6. Galapagos, May 2015
  7. Masai Mara Great Migration Photo Safari this August
  8. British Wildlife Centre Workshops

So, without further ado, and to take advantage of any newsletter only specials, sign up here.


This is a monthly newsletter, more or less. But if I have any new announcements or offers, you might receive it more frequently on occasion, but not more than once a week, I promise. In any case there is still an option to unsubscribe within the newsletter.

By subscribing you can learn in advance of any new announcements about photo safaris, prints or events. It will also let you know of any discounts and special offers before I publicise them anywhere else, including here, or on my Facebook page for example.

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The Photography Show

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The Photography Show is the UK’s brand new event for professional and amateur photographers and retailers. Taking place from 1-4 March 2014, at The NEC Birmingham, The Photography Show is filtered to all imaging needs. There will be almost two hundred exhibitors, workshops and around fifty speakers throughout the four days. The Photography Show will be the largest event of its kind in the UK.

I will also be speaking at this year’s show, giving a 40 minute talk at 11am on Tuesday 4th March. Within the 40 minutes I’ll cover black and white, developing an eye, and a few thoughts behind some of my own pictures. Places will be first come, first served on the day and I’ve managed to secure a discount for readers of this website who’d like to go to the show.

To buy tickets for £10 (as opposed to the usual £13 in advance or £15 on the door) simply follow this link and use the discount code DVLYD142014 (valid from now until 20/02/2014).

December Newsletter

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Issue two of my newsletter is out tomorrow (Monday), so if you’ve not already subscribed, you can at do so right here.

This is a monthly newsletter, more or less. But if I have any new announcements or offers, you might receive it more frequently on occasion, but not more than once a week, I promise. In any case there is still an option to unsubscribe within the newsletter.

By subscribing you can learn in advance of any new announcements about photo safaris, prints or events. It will also let you know of any discounts and special offers before I publicise them anywhere else, including here, or on my Facebook page for example. Also, this newsletter is optimised to look good on computers, tablets and phones, which should make reading more enjoyable.

Issue two comes out tomorrow (Monday). If you haven’t subscribed by then, you may miss out. As a teaser, here are the contents of issue two:

  1. Bronze, Black & White
  2. The Sunday Times Animal Pictures of the Year
  3. A talk at the London Wetland Centre
  4. A talk at The Photo Show
  5. A Photographic Excursion to the Galapagos
  6. Big cats in March and April
  7. Save $540 on our Great Migration Safaris
  8. British Wildlife Centre Workshops
  9. A last minute framed print sale

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The Sunday Times Animal Pictures of the Year

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Two cheetahs chasing down a Thomson’s Gazelle in August this year

The Sunday Times Magazine Animal Pictures of the Year for 2013

Today’s Sunday Times Magazine presents its annual Animal Pictures of the Year feature and it is a special privilege to have one of my own images chosen for 2013. An online version is here, but it’s a paid subscription though.

Two young cheetahs chasing down a hapless Thomson’s Gazelle was one of many highlights while hosting a photographic safari to the Masai Mara this August. The two cheetahs were young and still learning to kill, so they toyed with the gazelle with practice runs, bringing it down and releasing it several times before downing it down one final time just in front of our vehicle.

Cheetah chases are normally viewed from afar so when these two shepherded the gazelle directly before us, a close range photo became a reality. And of course the three clients who accompanied me that week also caught the sequence for themselves.

I will be running these photo safaris in 2014 as well, so for more info on these see:

Big Cat Photo Safaris
Great Migration Photo Safaris

Finally, a Newsletter

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Finally, after too long dithering, I’ve a free newsletter which you can subscribe to.

It has no firm timeline but I hope this will be a monthly newsletter, more or less. But if I have any new announcements or offers, you might receive it more frequently on occasion, but not more than once a week, I promise. In any case there is still an option to unsubscribe within the newsletter.

It is with this newsletter that you can learn in advance of any new announcements about photo safaris, prints or events. It will also let you know of any discounts and special offers before I publicise them anywhere else, including here, or on my Facebook page for example. Also, this newsletter is optimised to look good on computers, tablets and phones, which should make reading more enjoyable.

My first newsletter comes out tomorrow (Wednesday). If you haven’t subscribed by then, you could miss out. As a teaser, here are the contents of issue one:

  1. Welcome / Introductory print offer
  2. Finally, a newsletter
  3. Bronze, Black & White wildlife exhibition
  4. What people have said
  5. Win a balloon ride over the Masai Mara
  6. Save $540 on our Great Migration Safaris
  7. Big cats next March
  8. Limited edition prints
  9. Facebook (50,000) and Twitter (3,000)

The print offer within is only applicable to subscribers, other offers are for subscribers eyes only, for a time.

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Bronze, Black and White

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I’m delighted to announce a new exhibition of black and white wildlife photography in Pall Mall, London this November in collaboration with acclaimed wildlife sculptor, Rosamond Lloyd (no relation).

The exhibition is being held at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in Pall Mall, London for two weeks starting on the 18th of November. Hours will be from 10:30am to 6:30pm on weekdays, and 11:00am to 5:00pm on weekends. We can open the gallery outside of these hours on request.

Along with ten sculptures in bronze by Rosamond, I’ll be exhibiting some fifteen or sixteen limited edition black and white photographs taken over the last four or five years. They will be shown in a variety of sizes, some large, including one of a lion at life size. If you are familiar with my work, then you will certainly see a few favourites, but I do have a few new surprises in store for this show as well.

So if you’re in London during the weeks of 18th-30th November, we’d be delighted to see you there. Entry is free.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit the Bronze, Black & White here.

Bronze, Black & White
Two Wildlife Artists · One Unique Show

18th—30th November 2013
The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery,
Pall Mall,
London SW1Y 4UY

Bronze, Black & White is kindly supported by

Born Free | Tusk | Cotswold Wildlife Park | The African Chef | The Bantu Chef | Gulp Wines | Kenya Tourism Board

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Masai Giraffes, Kenya, 2013