Amateur Motorbike Photographer gains place in Nationwide Contest

When Tom Lonsdale, from Marsden in West Yorkshire, decided to combine his interests of both biking and photography, he never thought he would gain a place in the final of a nationwide photography contest.

Tom, an amateur snapper, managed to take an incredible shot of three bikers travelling through Himachel Pradesh with a backdrop of the Himalayas, as part of an organised motorbike tour called Trip Endura back in 2008.

Now, Tom, who is a self-employed landscape architect and urban designer on a regular weekday, is hoping for a place in the final round of the Carole Nash Moto Foto competition. His photo is up for judging in the scenic category of the content.

If selected as one of the twelve winners of the competition, Tom and hundreds of others could see his photo featured in Carole Nash’s official 2015 calendar – something which is handed out to thousands of bikers and fans at the Motorcycle Live Show taking place at the NEC in Birmingham. The winner also received £1,000 in cash and a Nikon D7100 digital SLR camera kit worth over £1,070.

“I think of photography as my art and sharing it is a big part of the pleasure, so the prospect of getting it into a national calendar is really exciting. Photography and motorcycling have long been passions of mine and I have been lucky enough to be able to entwine the two. Biking has given me the chance to go to adventurous places and capture the stunning scenery around me.” Mr Lonsdale said.

Tom has been riding motorbikes for over fifty years, and is currently the proud owner of a BMW R1200GS Adventure.

“There are so many appealing reasons to ride a motorbike, but for me the principle reason is the feeling of freedom and autonomy that it allows me to experience. It’s a major part of my life.” Tom added.

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