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Amateur Photographer is the world’s oldest consumer weekly photographic magazine, first published in October 1884. Since then, AP (as it is affectionately known to its readers) has been the bible for both amateur and professional photo-enthusiasts around the world. It has helped generations of photographers to improve their skills.

Look out for AP in your newsagent on sale EVERY week, so it’s always the first with the latest news and reviews on cameras and equipment as well as the largest and most up-to-date marketplace for buyers and sellers.

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Nigel Atherton

Group Editor

Nigel studied photography at Plymouth College of Art & Design and the University of Westminster and worked as a professional photographer for over 10 years before joining Amateur Photographer magazine in 1994.

He was appointed editor of What Digital Camera in 2002, and Group Editor of the IPC Media photography portfolio (including Amateur Photographer, What Digital Camera and Photo Technique) in 2013.

He has also written and edited several books on photography. See his pictures at: www.flickr.com/photos/nigelath/

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Richard Sibley

Deputy Editor

Richard joined Technical Department in 2007 and is now APs Deputy Editor.

Before joining the AP he was a tutor, teaching GCSE and A-Level photography, and was also the manager of a photographic lab, printing both film and digital images.

He has a degree in Editorial and Advertising Photography, having graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design.

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Phil Hall

Technique Editor

After studying Photography at Nottingham Trent, Phil gained experience shooting a wide variety of subjects for national news agencies before joining Digital Photo magazine in 2005.

He moved to IPC in 2010, taking on the role of Deputy Editor of What Digital Camera before becoming Amateur Photographer’s Features and Technique Editor in 2014. Phil’s also responsible for editing Photo Technique.

Phil’s images have been used in a range of media, including national newspapers, a broad variety of magazines, books and corporate clients including Vodafone and Marks and Spencer. See his pictures at www.philhallphotos.com

Chris Cheesman

News Editor

Chris is the first port of call for relaying photography related news, whether it be the latest products and technology, photo competitions, breaches of photographers’ rights – or stories about key figures and companies making their mark on the industry. Before joining AP in 1999 Chris worked as a news reporter and feature writer on business magazines and has journalistic experience both inside and outside photography. As a keen photo enthusiast Chris mainly uses a digital SLR when out and about.

Got a news story? Contact Chris Cheesman

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Jonathan Devo

Technical Writer

Following a six-year career in sales and communications, Jonathan completed a Dual BA in Journalism and Psychology at City University London, where he specialised in judgement and decision-making, organisational psychology and broadcast journalism.

He began work in image creation as a retouch artist, progressing from creating promotional artwork for friends, to working with brands such as Nike, HMV, British Telecom and Coca-Cola. Before joining IPC Photo Jonathan had also worked for an independent publisher for three years and launched a print lifestyle magazine that was sold nationally.

Experienced in print and digital journalism, Jonathan has also worked professionally in photography and video production for over 10 years.

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Callum McInerney-Riley

Technical Writer

After leaving Harlow College where he studies Photography, Callum started work as a freelance photographer in London. He went on to set-up a studio in his home town where he specialised in advertising, product photography and portraits. Callum joined the AP team in early 2013 as a Technical Writer taking over many of the accessory reviews and also reviewing cameras.

“Working at AP I get to see of the brilliant work that graces the pages of the magazine. With amazing pictures from both amateurs photographers to legendary professionals alike gracing the pages of AP it constantly inspires me to shoot different subjects. I’m very passionate about all types of photography from macro photography right through to landscapes. In my personal work I try to devote as much time as I possibly can to a genre of photography before moving on to something else now and exciting.”

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Karen Sheard

Online Manager

Karen studied photography in 1994 at Dewsbury Art College and obtained a degree in Writing from Middlesex University in 2000.

She has managed the Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera websites for the past 6 years, taking care of everything from the site content and social media channels through to the technical development of the site.

She is now manages the photo web team, looking after the day to day running of the site and creating strategies for the long term success of the online brand.

Email her at: ap_online@ipcmedia.com

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Paul Nuttall

Digital Production Manager

Paul joined What Digital Camera magazine at the start of 2007 having graduated from the University of Exeter.

He cut his teeth as Staff Writer, before moving on to cover all areas of the title including reviews, news and features.

Paul’s now part of the IPC Photo Digital Hub, writing articles and managing the review content.

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Jon Stapley

Staff Writer

Jon first arrived at Amateur Photographer in 2012 with an English degree, a few journalism qualifications and an air of general optimism. Starting out in the Features department, he found himself hopping over to Technical and occasionally stopping off at News, also subsequently managing to find a little spare time to moonlight as What Digital Camera’s News Writer. A battered Canon DSLR is his best friend whenever he travels, which is pretty sad when you think about it.

Currently Jon divides his time between working on the magazines’ websites, reviewing books and interviewing photographers, all of which he describes as ‘pretty sweet’. At the office you can spot him as the one with his nose buried in a photo book when he’s supposed to be working. Please tell him to get on with it.

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  • Brendon Franks

    Dear AP
    I am doing research on an early Amateur Photographer ‘Ellis Kelsey’ from Eastbourne. He would I believe have written papers about Night Photography in the first decade of the 20th century. Your editor commented on his work in January or February 1901. We have 2300 of his images on glass plate slides and other media from 1890 here at Seaford Museum and are in the process of digitising them.
    I would like to know if it is possible to research your early numbers to establish his contribution. Do you still have a copy of each one and are they digitised. I am in the process of writing a piece about his life.
    Brendon Franks
    Seaford Museum


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  • Alan Roberts

    During the thirties my father, Walter Roberts, contributed occasional articles to the AP, usually with his own illustrative drawings of gadgets he had made as photographic aids. I wondered whether you retain any record of these?

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