I’m delighted that one of my photos is featured in the South West is Best 2017 Calendar. It’s beautifully produced by Bowline Communications and features a range of landscapes and landmarks from across the region.
My photo of cows in a field is the lead image for September. It was taken at dawn one beautiful morning close to the Highgrove Estate, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire:
The founders of the popular Instagram account @swisbest asked to use it after seeing it in their image feed earlier in the summer. You can read about the story behind the calendar in the Wiltshire Times. It’s possibly the first ever calendar of images sourced from Instagram users.
The calendar is available to order online for £9.99 plus post and packing. It’s an ideal Christmas present.
Top tip: use Instagram hashtags
If you use Instagram and would like your photos seen by other users, use hashtags. By including the hashtag #swisbest – for example – in the description of an outdoor image you post, your photo will appear in results when somebody searches on Instagram using this hashtag. This makes your photo more visible and makes it more likely that your photo will get likes. The chances are that people who like several of your photos will then follow your account, so they’ll see – and like – more of your photos in future.
For a chance for your photo to be featured on @swisbest, you must follow this account. Your photo must also have been shot somewhere in the region. There are many hubs like it on Instagram; they’re a great way to help raise your profile as a photographer.