About Chiz Dakin


Chiz Dakin, Award-winning Outdoors Photographer and Guidebook Writer

Chiz Dakin, Award-winning Outdoors Photographer and Guidebook Writer

Chiz Dakin is an award-winning photographer, specialising in outdoors photography. This involves just a little bit of travelling in her quest for stunning outdoors photos… And if it has a mountain or three, or some amazing coastline, then either she’s been there and got some stunning images, or it’s on her hit list of places to go to. However, particular regions she specialises in include:

  • Derbyshire, the Peak District and Derwent Valley Heritage Corridor
  • UK – especially mountains, coasts and woodland
  • Spanish Sierra Nevada (a mountainous/hilly part of Andalucia, including the Alpujarras)
  • Australia’s North and West
  • Madeira
  • Antarctica (including Ross and Bellingshausen Seas, S Georgia, Campbell and Enderby Isles (NZ peri-Antarctic isles)

and additional regions she has visited recently include:

  • Norway (Sognefjord – a very scenic W coast fjord)
  • South Africa (Sani Pass, Addo Elephant Park, Cape Town to Oudtshoorn)
  • New Zealand (North, South and Stewart Islands)
  • South America (Argentina/Brazil/Chile/Falkland Isles)
  • India’s Ladakh (trekking, culminating in a successful ascent of Stok Kangri, 6100+m)

Chiz is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG) and National Academy of Sports and Outdoor Photographers (NASOP). She is also a founding member of Activities Peak District (an organisation set up to promote activity providers – both outdoors and arts/crafts wise – in Derbyshire and the Peak District, and is a  member of the creative community at Banks Mill in Derby.

Past commissions have included photographing the Madeira Isles Walking Festival for two years running, photography for TGO and Trail, images of outdoors clothing in use across the world, and photographing several different sorts of cycling for several different clients – from touring in the Peak District, to mountain biking in the Lakes, to one of the CTC’s charity cycle events in Derby.

(Oh and her images of the first Madeiran Walking Festival won her the 2008-9 Outdoor Writers and Photographer’s Guild (OWPG) Award for Excellence in Photography – no mean feat given the calibre of other members of the guild!)

Her latest photographic venture is tuition – running photographic workshops in the awesome location of the Spanish Sierra Nevada (that’s the original Sierra Nevada y’know!) in conjunction with the leading trekking company in the region. This place has it all – whitewashed villages, legendary Andalucian evening light, and a choice of locations from rolling Alpujarran hills to icy high mountains, and from desert-scapes to ancient castles. And better than that it’s affordable – only an hour inland from the Costas, it’s a world away from the beach-scene, yet still close enough to Malaga airport for budget flights.

She’s also running photo-trails rather nearer to home – in Derbyshire and the Peak District. This page tells you more about her current offerings on that.

As well as being an award-winning photographer, Chiz is also a guidebook writer. Having cut her teeth on some short walks in the Peak District, got a walking route published in Trail magazine, she spent a large chunk of 2010 writing a cycling guidebook to the Peak District for Cicerone Press. Her second book followed hot on the heels of this – the second edition of Outdoor Photography (co-authored with the 1st edition’s original author). And she has ongoing plans for more books and magazine work over the next year.

As an adjunct to photographing and writing about things outdoorsy, Chiz has also just gained National Standards accreditation as a cycling instructor. Which makes it rather easier to run cycle trips and tours! (Photography trip by cycle anyone?!!)

Her photo galleries have had a big change with the development of this site, and are now housed in a separate professional linked site which is powered by Photoshelter.

(NB Some of the old galleries using the (highly buggy!) gallery software still exist on my site. To access slideshows, click on one of the small images, then use the left or right double arrows below the image to see the previous/next image in the slideshow. Sadly the link saying slideshow is determined not to work, despite several upgrades of the gallery software – hence the change of gallery software for new work.)

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