Thomas Heaton (photographer)

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Thomas Heaton (photographer)
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Born1984 (age 38–39)
Blackpool, North West England
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
  • Photography degree
  • Degree in media production
Alma mater
  • Manchester University
  • Cumbria institute of the Arts
  • Photographer
  • Film maker

Thomas Heaton (born in Blackpool in 1984) is a popular British landscape photographer and film maker, based in the North East of England. He is a popular YouTuber in world of photography with over 420,00 subscribers to his channel.

Thomas began his journey into photography by studying firstly at Manchester University and then going onto to complete a photography degree at the Cumbria institute of the Arts. Here he studied media production

After graduating Thomas moved to his current location on the North East coast of England and began his professional career working as a video technician and photographer for the r&b Group where he filmed many major events including The Mouth of the Tyne Festival, along with making corporate videos for various events and campaigns throughout Europe.

In 2010 Thomas took the leap to become a freelance photographer, starting his own wedding photography company.[1], and then co-owning a commercial photography company, as well as taking gigs as a camera operator for Sky Sports on occasion.

It was in 2014 when Tom started up his very successful YouTube channel 'Thomas Heaton'. Currently, it sits with over 420,000 subscribers and follows Thomas on his outdoor adventures with his camera (film and digital). It documents his travels in all aspects of the outdoors and landscape photography as well as sharing tutorials on editing, printing and selling in the photographic world.

Thomas frequently attends and hosts workshops across the globe as well as collaborating with other companies including travel and tourism boards to promote and share the joys of the the great outdoors.[2] [3] Popular workshop locations have included Iceland, America and Patagonia.

Notable works and publications

Heaton's work has been frequently published both in national and international press including The Daily Telegraph, the The Sunday Times, Independent, Observer and The Guardian newspapers, as well as being featured in The Daily Mail both online and in print.[4][5]

He has also been published multiple times in ‘Outdoor Photography’, the UK’s leading magazine dedicated to landscape, wildlife, nature and adventure photography.[6][7][8]

He is also a frequent contributor to photography based podcasts and has sat as a judge in photographic competitions including the 2020 Landscape Photography Competition[9], and the Quilter Cheviot 'Capturing the Moment' competition.[10]

Heaton was shortlisted for Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 for his ‘UK Meteor over Clatteringshaws Roch’ photograph and this image was subsequently included in the 2012 print edition of Astronomy Photographer of the Year.[11] Thomas' photograph of this rare sight caught attention from across the globe and was featured in many websites and articles worldwide and it is currently still used in material by The Royal Museum of Greenwich today.

In October 2016 Heaton appeared on the popular BBC's One Show along side Marty Jopson as they attempted to photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower from the Kielder Observatory in Northumberland.[12]

In 2017 Heaton was invited to meet and interview English adventurer: Ben Fogle, and they had a great time discussing all things nature and adventure[13]

In 2018 Thomas’ work was showcased in his first intimate exhibition held at Digitalab in Newcastle upon Tyne.[14]

In 2020 Thomas collaborated with fellow photographers, Adam Gibbs, Gavin Harcastle and Nick Paige (collectively known as F4) to create a digital landscape photography course ‘The F4 Road Trip’, filled with adventure, education and humour.

Thomas has written and produced two books to date, including the ebook 'Landscape Photography On Location: Travel, Learn, Explore, Shoot.' In 2020 Thomas printed his first collective of his favourite prints from around the world, 'Landscape Photography. On location with Thomas Heaton. Vol 1.'

Current work

Alongside working on his weekly YouTube releases, Thomas can also be found hosting or participating in workshops throughout the world. He is booked to tour Antarctica in 2021[15]. Thomas releases a well loved calendar each year showcasing 12 of his images.

In the media



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  4. "Thomas Heaton Daily Mail".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  6. "Outdoor Photography magazine".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  11. "The week in pictures: 12 October 2012". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  12. "bbc uk". Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  13. Clercq, Robin De (2017-02-02). "Outdoor Photographer Thomas Heaton Gets a Lesson in Adventure From His Idol, Ben Fogle". Resource. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  14. "Thomas Heaton | Exhibition | Landscapes". Digitalab. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  15. "Antactica Tour".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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