A Marsden motorcycle photographer is on a roll after securing a place in the final of a national photography contest.
Amateur snapper, Tom Lonsdale, certainly has lightning quick reactions after he took this amazing shot of three bikers traversing Himachel Pradesh in the Himalyas as part of an organised tour called Trip Endura in 2008.
Tom, 66, who is a self-employed landscape architect and urban designer at Placecraft in High Fall, is now hoping for a podium finish in the scenic category in the final round of Carole Nash’s Moto Foto competition.
It was his dual love of biking and photography that helped him discover his talent for ‘outdoor landscape photography’.
He said: “I think of photography as my art and sharing it is a big part of the pleasure, so the prospect of getting it into a national calendar is really exciting.
“Photography and motorcycling have long been passions of mine and I have been lucky enough to be able to entwine the two.
“Biking has given me the chance to go to adventurous places and capture the stunning scenery around me.”
If selected as one of the 12 winners, Tom could see his photo featured in Carole Nash’s official 2015 calendar, which will be handed out to thousands of bike fans at the Motorcycle Live Show taking place at the NEC in Birmingham in November.
He is also in the running to win £1,000 in cash and a Nikon D7100 digital camera kit worth £1,079.99.
A married father-of-two , Tom has been riding bikes for more than 50 years and currently owns a BMW R1200GS Adventure.
He said: “There are so many appealing reasons to ride a motorbike but for me the principle reason is the feeling of freedom and autonomy that it allows me to experience.
“It’s a major part of my life.”
Head of Marketing at Carole Nash, Rebecca Donohue, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the quality of the entries. “There are some really fantastic biking photographers out there and myself and all at Carole Nash wish Tom the very best of luck.”
A panel of expert photographers and bikers are now judging the entries and details of the winners will be announced soon.
For further details about the competition, visit www.carolenash.com/motofoto