Cruise Ship Speakers

Photography
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Andrew Cooper
Natural History Television Producer
BSc. Biology
Coming from: Newton Abbott,  Devon  UK
Andrew is a broadcaster, presenter, author and award winning wildlife film maker. A graduate biologist and anthropologist from the University of London, for many years he was a familiar face on BBC TV through his documentaries and live reports. His career as a TV producer with the BBC Natural History Unit took him worldwide, employing some of the biggest names in the business. A popular lecturer and an engaging, highly rated cruise enrichment speaker, his entertaining, richly illustrated talks are highly informative and tailored to the locations being visited with anecdotes and amusing stories.

Pieter de Vries ACS
Cinematographer, Photographer & Documentary Expert
Coming from: Sydney,  New South Wales  Australia
Pieter de Vries is one of the leading documentary cinematographers in the world. As an ACS accredited Director of Photography, he has reached the very highest level of his craft. His films have won numerous awards, including several Emmys, and BAFTA’s. He has been awarded the Australian Cinematographer Society’s top accolade, Cinematographer of the Year. Based in Australia, he spends much of his time filming documentary programs for the BBC, NBC and ABC in Australia and National Geographic. On cruises Pieter will screen segments of his work and uncover some of the camera magic that is a part of his craft.

Paul Howard
Photography Tuition & Editing
B.F.P.
Coming from: Fosters Booth,  Northamptonshire  UK
For nearly a decade Paul Howard has had the privilege of being a "guest speaker" on various cruise ships. Paul presents PowerPoint talks and slideshows, on the subject that touches everyone, be they beginners or seasoned amateur photographers. He sheds light on how they can look at subjects from different viewpoints and how to enhance what they have already taken. There have been many emails from past guests complimenting him on how simply and easily he puts across the pleasures of photography. He can take limited size groups around the ship showing them “hands on” demonstrations.

Colin Joyce
Watercolour Art Instructor & Photography Tutor
Coming from: Dunfermline,  Fife  UK
Born in Sunderland, Co Durham in 1957, Colin has lived in Dunfermline, Fife since 2004. Having always had an interest in art since early school years, Colin studied art to Advanced level and, later, part-time college. Colin pursued a career in Financial Services for 38 years, painting in his spare time. He took early retirement in 2013 to concentrate on painting full time. Colin has been fortunate to have studied with renowned oil painter Ken Howard RA OBE, also internationally known watercolourists Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castagnet. Colin writes articles for Leisure Painter magazine and is a watercolour instructor on cruise ships.

Paulette Mitchell
Cookbook Author & Enrichment Speaker
Coming from: Minneapolis,  Minnesota  USA
Paulette Mitchell, the internationally-known author of 13 cookbooks, presents lectures featuring her photos from 130 countries. She explores off-the-beaten paths capturing destinations’ intrinsic allure in the elements of cultures and cuisines. She advises guests on insightful photo composition. Among her favorite subjects are the enigmatic faces of people. Paulette’s lectures offer firsthand advice on seeing the world as a traveler rather than as a tourist. She can also provide destination-specific Signature Menus, cooking demonstrations, and classes featuring cuisines of the ports.

Bernie Raffe
Photography
Associate level with the MPA and SWPP
Coming from: Leighton Buzzard,  Bedfordshire  UK
Bernie is an award winning portrait and (ex) wedding photographer, his entertaining and informative talks show guests how they can take more creative and dramatic photos, even with their smartphones. Photography is an art, and Bernie's talent lies in being able to educate and inspire without overloading the audience with too much technical jargon. He has a wonderful knack for explaining the subject in an entertaining and understandable way. Bernie has in excess of 30,000 (paid!) subscribers to his photography courses, and was voted by students as a top 10 instructor in 2014.

Dr Param Sandhu
Tiger and Nature Photography
TD, MBBS, MD, MRCPI
Coming from: Ponteland,  Newcastle upon Tyne  UK
Param is a nature photographer with a special interest and passion for photographing tigers in the wild. Param, a trained medical doctor, has travelled extensively; including as far afield as the Galapagos Islands and Fiji. He has trekked to Everest Base Camp and up Kilimanjaro and he has documented the beauty of Ladakh in the Himalayas through his lens. An experienced and confident public speaker, Param's talks have been well-received and he is currently in demand to speak at various events in the UK and as a guest speaker on cruise ships.

David Trotter
Photographer
Coming from: High Wycombe.,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Since a young man David has had an enthusiasm for photography. He has embraced the techniques of making pictures with impact in the digital age using the tools that the computer allows. However, he strongly believes that learning to take better photographs can be achieved with the simplest of cameras, mobile phones or tablets. With a quick sense of humour he encourages the participation of his audience, is easy on the ears, and makes learning fun. Using many of his own pictures, his presentations with music & effects create lively talks based on his passion for Travel & Photography.

Nick Williams
Wildlife Photography & Travel
www.nickwilliams.eu
Coming from: Rippingale.,  Lincolnshire  UK
Nick had a long career as a teacher, eventually becoming a head teacher. Since he retired in 1989, he has travelled the world taking photographs of wildlife, people and places, making a living giving presentations. His shows are highly informative as well as being entertaining, with lots of anecdotes, stories and atmospheric music- a formula that has led to him being re-booked year after year.