Andrew McCarthy ARPS

I have been a photographer since the 1970s when I started out with Olympus film cameras and my bag now includes a ‘new’ 1979 Olympus OM2 and a bundle of OM lenses!  For most of my wildlife work though I use the fantastic new Olympus EM1x together with a second EM1 II body; lenses include the stunning 300 f4 and 40-150 f2.8 zoom, and the diminutive 60mm macro.  The Olympus system is ridiculously lightweight and versatile compared to my old DSLR gear, has wonderful IS and an IQ that is good enough to have convinced me to make the switch from full frame to M4/3 in 2018 - in short it has put the joy back into my photography!

My articles have appeared in local and national publications - recently including Amateur Photographer and Outdoor Photographer - and in the past few years I have had a couple of images included in the Countryfile calendar.  I have won a number of awards - most recently the 2018 British Wildlife Photography Awards 'Hidden Britain' category with a 42 shot stack of a nursery web spider - and I am an associate tutor with Devon Photography School (  I undertake talks/presentations, run 1:1 tutorials and workshops on nature and landscape photography where I get to pursue my passion - talking about photography and natural history!

• Royal Photographic Society LRPS and ARPS distinctions
• Olympus Offical Mentor
• Tutor with Devon Photography School
• 1-1 tuition in photography
• Workshops
• Talks

I converted from full frame DSLRs in early 2018 and am now an official Olympus Mentor - check out my Olympus profile here: