Andrew McCarthy Photography

Published Work

Amateur Photographer: Spring Tips

Really nice to have had a decent sized article published in spring 2019 in the venerable UK photo magazine Amateur Photographer – this time on how to photograph spring insects.

Its a perfect time of year to be brushing up on your macro and field skills for these animals so do check it out!

Outdoor Photographer

My quick guide to photographing butterflies was recently published in the April 2019 edition of Outdoor Photographer. Click on the image below to view it as a PDF.

Mineral Products Association Calendar 2019

I was delighted to learn today that one of my macro images (a great green bush cricket) has been included as the June image in the 2019 Mineral Products Association ‘Quarries and Nature’ calendar.  This is my third successful entry to this competition in four years, and was quite unexpected!

Mineral Products Association Calendar 2016

Really nice to have this image included in the 2016 Mineral Products Association annual calendar.

It’s a shot of two dew-covered azure damselflies perching on a marsh horsetail stem, taken at a former quarry in Devon with the Canon 5D Mk III and Sigma 150mm macro lens, Gitzo tripod and with a pop of fill using the MT-24 EX twin flash.

BBC Countryfile Calendar Finalist 2014

I am pleased to report that one of my pictures – of a harvest mouse perched in a Clematis seed head – has been chosen as ‘September’ in the 2015 BBC Countryfile Calander, which is produced annually in support of Children in Need.  There were over 10,000 entries this year, so I was really chuffed to have been chosen as a finalist.

The image is admittedly a bit cheesy, but this is among my favorite pics of the past few years and I can see why it was chosen – it seems to  fit the style of the calender nicely.  

Earlier this year I received a copy of the 2015 Countryfile Calender signed by John Craven (!) together with a very smart framed picture with a plate saying BBC Countryfile finalist etc.

This is my second success with this prestigious calendar; in 2011 my picture of a pair of socialising grey seals was chosen as October’s supporting image.

Devon Life Article On Foxes

Check out my recent article in Devon Life June 2014 on foxes.  It summarises the 6 weeks or so that I spent last year photographing a family of foxes near home here in Devon.

I have been keeping any eye out for the vixen again this year, and whilst she was seen quite a few times in April before she gave birth again, i have been unable to find her cubbing den this summer.