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Capturing adventurous landscapes and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Lac Blanc

My passion for photography began with a present of a Kodak Brownie camera bought for £1 a fete many years ago, but it was a chance encounter that gave me the skills which have taken me to the adventurous landscapes of New Zealand, Kilimanjaro, Africa; Mt Kinabalu, Borneo, Vietnam, Burma, the W Walk in the Torres Del Paine, Chilean Patagonia, wilderness canoeing in Canada and many high level treks the Alps.

The chance encounter presented me with the chance to do a life changing programme – the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award  the DofE. I learnt to navigate, and gained camp craft and teamwork skills as well as the confidence to organise adventures!

Shira plateau

Shira Plateau (top) was taken on the Shira plateau en route to the summit of Kilimanjaro (5,895m).The plateau is close to Amboseli National Park in Kenya famous for it’s wildlife and where lions have been known to wander. The light in Africa is spectacular!

Shira plateau

Mt Kinabalu in BorneoMt. Kinabalu in Borneo

This image (above) was taken on Mt Kinabalu located in the East Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site.

Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range and is the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago as well as the highest mountain in Malaysia.

As with many of the high peaks in the world, you climb through the night to be there for sunrise.

Lac Blanc

Lac Blanc (left) was taken on one of my favourite treks – the Tour of Mont Blanc – an 11 day 170Km circumnavigation of Mt Blanc travelling through France, Italy and Switzerland with 10,000m of ascent and decent.

I stayed over in the mountain hut there to ensure I would be up at 4.00am for the early sunrise!

I have recently started using the Fujifilm XT1 on treks for its incredible image quality and weight. I also like the Lowepro Sport 200AW rucksac as I can get a long lens, prime and wide angle lens in as well as a collection of Lee Filters.

About Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson is a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award holder and has been Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – NI for the last 6 years. Kate is a keen hillwalker, canoe/kayak instructor, traveller and photographer in her spare time.

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