My interest in photography began in February 1993 with a Canon Megazoom 105 which was, and still is, a sophisticated compact camera. My original intention was to photograph the Bolton area (my original home town in the north-west of England) and have my results published. In the November of that year I joined Chorley Photographic Society and before long, I was winning competitions and having my work accepted at national level and also enjoyed a two-year presidency at the club.

Early in 1999, I had my print 'Dreams' accepted by Lord Lichfield to be part of the 'Best of the Rest' in BBC Countryfile's annual photographic competition. In October of that same year, I attained my CPAGB (Credit of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) and probably made history by being the first to achieve this using only a compact camera.

The following year, I was fortunate enough to finish fifth overall in Amateur Photographer's 'Photographer of the Year', managing to have seven of my ten monthly entries published. In December 2000, my whole family clubbed together and bought me my first SLR, a Minolta Dynax 404si. Since then, I have been busy acquiring a number of specialised lenses.

My original aim finally came true in 2002, when I had several of my photographs from the Bolton area published in some literature for Bolton Metropolitan Borough.

In 2003 The Green Party published one of my prints in some literature and I also finished in the final twelve acceptances for the BBCs Countryfile Photographic Competition with my shot Frosted Leaves.

A year later, I finished in 20th place in the Print Photographer of the Year in the Lancashire & Cheshire Photographic Union.

Midway through 2006 I bought the domain name and plan for it to be one of the most informative British Wildflower Guides on the world wide web. Towards the latter end of the same year, I finally acquired my first Digital SLR, a Sony α DSLR-A100K camera body, complete with an 18-70mm lens. This now means that I am still able to use all my existing Minolta lenses with the new camera body, having the option of using film, if need be.

A portrait of me © Tanya Lowe - Cast Vision 2009

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