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My eBook – out now on Amazon

I’m returning to Six Picks after a long absence with the great news that my eBook, ‘Motion Pictures – a travel photographer’s companion’, is now available on Amazon. Here’s the blurb:

“Designed for viewing on colour devices, this is a richly illustrated, beautifully designed companion to anyone whose twin passions are travel and photography. The book contains tips, advice and anecdotes by experienced award-winning photographer and writer Tim Bird, illustrated with his own colour photos, and featuring sections by three top guest photographers. An entertaining and inspiring companion rather than a ‘how-to’ manual, this eBook discusses cultural issues encountered when using your camera in exotic locations as well as practical shooting situations.”

I’m hoping to follow up with Apple and Kobo versions, although the publishing processes of both platforms are presenting various frustrating obstacles to this. It’s available on different Amazon national sites, including the USA, Mexico, India, Germany, France and Australia. I’m donating a euro for every copy sold to the very worthy charity in Nepal, Moving Mountain School Bag.

The eBook will make a perfect companion for anyone joining my fabulous photo tour to Assam in April 2016. Still places available for what promises to be the adventure of a lifetime: click here and here to learn more and contact me at timothy.bird@kolumbus.fi when you’ve decided to join me!

Other great news includes my award from the British Guild of Travel Writers as Photographer of the Year 2015, presented at a gala dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London on the eve of the World Travel Market. It’s the second time I’ve won this award – the first was in 2012 – and I’m thrilled to be recognized by such a prestigious organization. This news was followed by more good news, namely that I have two photos included in the finalist list for the Travel Photographer of the Year awards and one shortlisted in Outdoor Photographer of the Year. The winners will be announced in December.

Here are the winning four shots from the BGTW award:


Light installation at Amsterdam’s Light Festival.


Festival of Arts and Culture in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Mending nets at a Longhouse community in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.

Mending nets at a Longhouse community in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.

Celebrating boy drummers at a Muslim festival in Jaipur, India

Celebrating boy drummers at a Muslim festival in Jaipur, India

Here are a couple of my own shots from the eBook, two of many from a richly illustrated design which is the work of my talented friend Ea Söderberg, director of Hapate Design:


Working in a Balinese rice paddy.

Ceiling and frescoes of St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia.

Ceiling and frescoes of St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia.

If you splash out the modest sum for my eBook you’ll see plenty more of my work and share some of my ideas and stories about travel photography. Feedback welcome, and if you do make a purchase, I’d be eternally grateful for a review on Amazon too.

Over and out for now – watch this space for more news about my photo tour to Assam!

Info for photo gear nerds (like myself): All photos made with Fujifilm equipment, XPro1 and XT1 bodies with various lenses, although mainly 18-55mm f2.8-4 zoom.