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Your humble guide Matthew James Harrison

You’re going to need a Photography Instructor who knows what he’s talking about.

Fortunately, Award-Winning British photojournalist Matthew James Harrison has over ten years of professional experience working in the newspaper and magazine industry, and as a freelance photographer in Copenhagen. He has provided images and articles for the BBC, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, MTV, Nike, Carlsberg, Condé Nast Traveller, and Adidas. You can see Matthew’s portfolio here

Matthew first picked up an old film SLR camera back in 2003 and started skipping work to go and take landscape images of the beautiful Peak District area where he grew up. It was during this time Matthew started travelling with his camera; starting in New York City and journeying across the US. The countries of Europe were his next destination, passing through France, Germany, Austria and down to Croatia, to name but a few.

In September 2008, Matthew enrolled on to the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ (NCTJ) Press Photography and Photojournalism course at Sheffield in England. The course was run by renowned press photographer Paul Delmar and taught Matthew all the important aspects of becoming a professional photojournalist – including composure, lighting, techniques, post-editing, and camera functions.

After accepting a position with the Derby Telegraph and Derbyshire Magazine in May 2009, Matthew went on to become the NCTJ Photographer of the Year in 2011, as well as a finalist at the Midlands’ Sports Photographer of the Year awards and the NCTJ Images of the Year. He was also part of the team that helped win both publications the Midlands’ Magazine and Newspaper of the Year awards, respectively.

Since then Matthew has photographed celebrities such as Linkin Park, Miley Cyrus, Aerosmith, John Hurt, Mike Tyson and many others, as well as world leaders, politicians, sports personalities, rioters, and many different people from all walks of life.

Now living in Copenhagen, Matthew is working as a freelance writer, photojournalist and event photographer, and is the owner of Photography by Matthew James