"Having been lucky enough to call this 'work' for over forty years, I am always delighted when asked to talk to Photographic Societies or any organised group of people about my job.

My INAUGURAL talk, 'A BIT OF A JOURNEY' is part one of a trilogy, fully illustrated with a presentation on my macbook pro. Along with my sense of humour......!

the second part is entitled, 'SAME VIEW, DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE' and the third being, 'IN his element. A man for all seasons’. each are 2 hours in duration and i enjoy the q&a afterwards.

Please contact me for further details. I fit in with your programme and bookings are currently being taken for the late 2020/21 season. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Below are a few of the testimonials that people have been kind enough to write and send in."

Mark Gilligan FBIPP

‘A BIT OF A JOURNEY’ is funny, engaging, inspirational and educational.
The first session, traced his eventful progression from childhood up to his current situation. It was riveting! He acknowledged how from his earliest days the camera had captured treasured moments in time. We were then treated to his involvement with a catalogue of events throughout the tumultuous seventies and eighties during which his duties at the Home Office required illustrative records. Incredible insights to his own work and teaching of people who had to go out and capture these events.
It was enthralling to listen to and see another way that photography can be used. His work was deeply engaging and he interspersed his teaching and film production with his work in the Lake District and Snowdonia.
The second half was even more informative as he went through his processes and showed us fabulous images that were totally inspiring. The evening seemed to rush by. At the conclusion, Rex Kingsley offered a vote of thanks on behalf of the club which was followed by an enthusiastic and thoroughly merited ovation from members and guests alike. We were told that this is part one of a trilogy. We need him back and I suspect that I will be held to judgement if I don’t make it happen on a future programme!
— Trevor Clowes, Nantwich Photographic Society
The members of Shropshire Photographic Society had the pleasure of Mark’s presentation of “A bit of a journey” on 01/04/2019. The evening is in two halves with the first half detailing Mark’s background and journey to where he is to today. This details his career changes though the years, but demonstrating how his love of photography, story telling and composition went with him through the variety of different jobs he undertook. It was enthralling. In the second half Mark shows lots of his more recent landscape work with some stunning images, showing how he captures the best of the light, and also his approach to photographic projects. Mark delivered all of this in his very engaging, humorous and down to earth style, which our members enjoyed a lot. .
— Steve Bird, Shropshire Photographic Society
Mark’s presentation to Leeds Photographic Society was without doubt one, if not the best, presentation that I have enjoyed during my time with the society.
This particular talk, “A bit of a journey”, is apparently one of a number that Mark delivers as part of his continuing journey through his extraordinary life and the title is a humorous, ironic and completely understated description of how he got from there to here.
His journey is exciting, gripping, diverse, darkly humorous, instructive, challenging and thoroughly entertaining.
Mark’s photography is at times stunning, with exceptional landscape images and it becomes clear that he fully deserves the numerous prizes, qualifications and accolades that he has earned during his time behind various cameras.
The first half of the presentation is a McCullinesque story of his work, gathering images for the press and the Home Office and after the interval we were immersed in his favourite landscapes and in particular The Lake District and with an even sharper focus on the part of the world in and around Wast Water.
He also told us something about how he does it.
Thank you Mark from all at Leeds Photographic Society.
— Bill Chatwin, Programme Secretary, Leeds photographic Society
It was an honour and privilege to lead Llandudno Photographic Society members and guests in giving Mark Gilligan FBIPP a standing ovation to a talk he gave us on 20th February entitled ‘A bit of a journey’. Mark’s retelling of his journey through his professional career in producing and directing television programmes was enthralling and heartfelt and considering it was run concurrently with his photographic work from the Lake District to our very own Snowdonia was outstanding and an inspiration to our club members. Mark undoubtedly deserved being merited in the recent final of the European Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year.
We wish Mark continued success and welcome him with open arms to North Wales and our club in the future.
Best wishes
— Dr Sheila Shepley (PhD), Chairperson Llandudno Photographic Society
On behalf of Biggleswade & District Camera Club I would like to thank you for your wonderful presentation ‘SAME VIEW. DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE’ on Thursday evening. Not only was the photography stunning, the commentary was both informative and entertaining. We all had an excellent evening and even some of the most experienced photographers amongst us learnt something! Hope you had a good journey home. Looking forward to your next visit
— Carolyn Gostelow, Biggleswade & District Camera Club
On Monday 14th January 2019, Mark returned to Copeland Photographic Society for another of his engaging talks, ‘Same View, Different Perspective’.
The talk was an educational, thought-provoking journey, through wind, rain and sun, which resulted in plenty of stunning images. Although predominantly landscape, we were entertained with a variety of travel, wedding, street and even ICM images. The talk, delivered with plenty of audience participation and some very cheesy jokes, was enjoyed by the new as well the experienced club members. For the keen Fujifilm members in the club (myself included) there were lots of useful bonus tips on Mark’s preferred camera set-ups. We all learned something, especially the importance of taking our own picture and enjoying our photography. Mark’s passion and enthusiasm for his photography is compelling - can’t wait to get outside and capture some images. Furthermore, spoiler alert, not wasting expensive pixels and when I get home I will be spending a lot less time in front of the computer (not sure whether my wife will be pleased about that!). A very enjoyable evening - and the Programme Secretary booked Mark for next season!
— Robert Duncalf, Copeland Photographic Society
On Tuesday 11th Dec 2018 Mark Gilligan delivered part one of his trilogy entitled, “A Bit Of A Journey”, at Nottingham & Notts Photographic Society.
This was a professional presentation with good humour throughout and audience participation. Mark gave a thorough and varied introduction in the first half, of his career in photography. I found it fascinating as many of the events covered involved me in my previous occupation at some stage or other . The second half was the basis of his current career in landscape photography and what a pleasure it was to hear the background of his techniques and perseverance behind the images shown. The finale to the evening was a set of stunning images to end his talk.
We very much look forward to Part 2 in the future.
— Ian Taylor, Nottingham & Notts Photographic Society
Mark came back to us with the talk ’SAME VIEW, DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE’ and it didn’t disappoint! Very well received here at Chester PS, and I received many favourable comments from members. Mark didn’t keep any secrets, letting us into how and why he obtained his many superb images and we very much look forward ihearing the third part of the trilogy, ‘IN HIS ELEMENT’. An excellent speaker!
— Patrick Faleur, Chester Photographic Society
Mark has just delivered ‘SAME VIEW DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE’ his second superb talk to Durham P.S. and we want him back for more! His talks provide superb images, instruction pitched at all levels of photographic knowledge, fascinating commentary and good humour. WE DO NOT THINK YOU CAN FIND A BETTER LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TALK. Keep up the good work, Mark.
— Paul Ritchie Durham PS
‘Mark is an engaging and entertaining speaker providing useful advice, amusing anecdotes and inspiring images in equal measure. Whereas his first talk, ‘The Journey’, is an incredible life story, weaving his work into amazing events he was involved with, his second, ‘Same View, Different Perspective’, takes a different tack. Here we discuss, among other things, photographic techniques, the need for careful observation and finding our own style. It is a more philosophical presentation, promoting the idea of being ‘in the moment’ and of recording the scene faithfully to the way we see it. The title derives from the fact that if we all took a photo from the same place we would all have a different result. Incidentally, we also learn that Landscape is not his only genre. I can strongly recommend Mark - and he is great value!

— John Pearson , Programme secretary Ulverston Photographic Society
“Mark is a very motivational speaker and he returned to Eden Valley Camera Club in Lazonby, Cumbria this week with his presentation
‘Same View, Different Perspectives’ in which he explains how we all see the same things but in different ways. Our own individual interpretation of the same view/perspective/work of what we see before us.
Very well illustrated by great examples taken in the field which gave members “food for thought”.
Delighted to welcome Mark to our small club.
— Jill Eastham, Eden Valley Camera Club
“Members of Preston Photographic Society had the pleasure of hearing Mark do his Guest Speaker Talk, “A Bit of a Journey” on a very cold February (2018) evening.

Now it’s a rare event when we have Guest Speakers who manage to elicit “wow gasps” when viewing a Speakers Work; Mark managed this, not once, but several times. Marks love of landscape and passion for ‘feeling the scene’ shine through in every capture.

A Bit of a Journey is an insight into a realm of photography one only imagine exists in the movies and to have this living, breathing man take us through his Photographic career twists and turns was thoroughly entertaining, engaging, insightful, witty, nostalgic and very personal. He had the captive audience laughing and hanging on his every word and image.

After several rounds of applause, I wasted no time in booking Mark for our next Club season to deliver his follow up Talk “Same View, Different Perspective” and I’m delighted to report, he agreed on the spot. “
— Carol- Anna Main, Preston Photographic Society
On behalf of our President, Graham Roberts, and all our members, it gives me great pleasure to thank you for your talk on Monday. There was quite a buzz in the hall afterwards with members saying how much they enjoyed listening to you and seeing your work. We were fascinated by your journey through photography, and many of your images via historical moments over the past 35 years stirred up memories of past events, honing your photographic skills en-route. When you finally managed to break free to pursue your love of the Lake District and Duddon Valley, it was also clear that none of your photographs appeared by accident, but that you have researched the area and conditions to get the result that you wanted.
Your exhibition in Harrogate was also a success. Certainly, many of our members viewed it.
I have noted that you have another talk available to bring to some future programme. Meanwhile, please feel welcome to visit HPS at any of our meetings – I am sure the Yorkshire dales/coast/ moors can offer you plenty of scope for your photography.
Again, many thanks, and all the best for Christmas and 2018.
— Peter Manning LRPS, Harrogate PS Programme Secretary
Mark, many thanks for coming down to the ‘flatlands’ of Bedfordshire to Biggleswade Camera Club to present ‘A Bit of a Journey’. It was a privilege to meet you and see the ‘man from the tv’ in the flesh so to speak. Our members really enjoyed a great evening and fascinating insight into how you arrived as a professional photographer running Wastwater Photography and delivering photographic workshops in one of the most stunning locations in the UK and then followed up with some amazing photographs, all interspersed with some great humour and tales.
It would be great to invite you to return to give another talk at Biggleswade in the very near future.
Will be in touch soon.
— David Smith, BIGGLESWADE PHOTO CLUB
We’ve been lucky to have had many great speakers at Mold CC and Mark is right up there with them. He shared his fascinating story from his earliest years in photography and working in the emerging media of video, TV and the net through to his current trade as a professional landscape photographer.
In the first half of the talk Mark helped us relive many of the newsworthy and historical events in our recent history that he had been involved in with his photography and stories covering the last forty years. In the second half, he talked about his role as a writer and photographer in the outdoors and shared many fabulous images of the Lake District clearly illustrating his belief that landscape photography isn’t limited to good weather and the golden hour.
All was delivered with Mark’s obvious passion and enthusiasm for both photography and his subjects as well as a great sense of humour.
Would we have him back again? We sure would; our Programme Secretary is just trying to work out when! Highly recommended.”
— Kevin Hirst, CHAIRMAN MOLD CC
Mark Thanks for coming to Bolton Digital last night. The whole range of work that you did and events that you were involved in was fascinating. You had a very complex story to put before us which clearly grabbed the attention of your audience. There were serious moments in the story, but your delivery was light-hearted and most entertaining.
We then had the second part of your talk, which was to show your landscape work, mainly shot throughout the Lake District. You have a wealth of excellent photographs, and a lot of what came across was your eye for the composition of the shot. In one image after another, the detail of organisation of elements, rich colours and technical quality just jumped out.
Many thanks again for coming to present your story tous. We look forward to other opportunities in the future.
— Phil Wood, BOLTON DIGITAL PS
“Thanks Mark for your fascinating talk last night. The presence of Darwen and Accrington Camera Clubs meant it was very cosy and standing room only ha ha

However, all were quickly absorbed in Mark’s account of activities with the Home Office, BBC and more, with photos from many important events from the 70’s to the 90’s. All were presented with humour and lots of excellent photos. In the second part Mark presented many superb photos, mainly Landscapes, though other genres as well. He explained his techniques and peppered his talk with anecdotes. In all it was a very entertaining and informative evening, with lots to take away.


— Jim Cunningham, BLACKBURN PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
“ Mark presented his ‘Bit of a Journey....’ talk to our Club in Cumbria last night and well what can we say?
‘A Bit of a Journey’ ?? - NO WAY!! Rather an ‘epic story’ of his life and how his love of photography evolved through the many opportunities he has taken over the years. To be present and part of documenting such historic moments, whether celebratory, harsh reminders or brutalities,
demonstrates his drive, enthusiasm and connection with people of all walks of life.
Mark presented his ‘story’ in a very unassuming and humorous way, almost brushing aside the many awards he has earned over the years.
A fantastic evening – definitely a very different and special approach to presenting photography, rounded off in the second half with examples of his landscape and other photographs- which were absolutely stunning images, particularly from the western part of Cumbria and the Lake District .
We will definitely be inviting you back to the Club, Mark.”
— Jill Eastham, EDEN VALLEY CAMERA CLUB
“ Many thanks for visiting us at Grange and giving us an excellent presentation about your journey through photojournalism, training and TV documentaries to award-winning landscape photographer. Clearly what has gone before has influenced you greatly in what you do now - your talk was inspirational and we all learned a lot from it not the least of which was your advice on landscape photography. We hope you will visit us again in the future”
— Ron Croy, GRANGE PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
“Mark, I must congratulate you on a superb talk to our society. Members are full of praise. The recent work is breathtaking, but we also greatly enjoyed the insight into your earlier photographic experiences in film and video. This too was fascinating. Importantly,your narrative was as good as your photography. I do hope you enjoyed your visit. We are grateful that you came so far to talk”
— Paul Ritchie, DURHAM PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
“Mark gives a very interesting and informative talk illustrated with his magnificent photographs of the Lakes and other subjects. What made this particular presentation was how he illustrated the journey he made from early childhood to an important career in photography, so we could see where he came from. References to the influence of his father were particularly touching.”
— Patrick Faleur, CHESTER PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
“Mark is an engaging and accomplished speaker. His often humorous account of his life as a professional photographer went down very well with our members and guests alike and there was something in it for everyone. His photography, from journalism to weddings to his beloved landscapes, speaks for itself. Highly recommended.”
— John Pearson, ULVERSTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY