Paul Nicholls, twice winner of the South West News Photographer of the Year award, has had work featured in national newspapers including The Times, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, since recently setting up his own company and website.
Paul, pictured above left, who spent 16 years with the Western Daily Press, Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester daily The Citizen, was made redundant shortly after winning the award for the second time last year.
Since then, his pictures of celebrities including Benedict Cumberbatch and Elton John, among others, have been featured worldwide.
Paul told HTFP: “When I was made redundant after being employed for 28 years it came as a shock to the system, even though I knew the industry was ging that way.
“I think I was mentally prepared for it but when it does happen to you, you feel worthless. But then I thought ‘I can do this’ and started self-generating, and it’s reinvigorated me.
“I think it did me good. It’s like getting off a hamster wheel, you’re reinvigorated and excited to get stuff published.”
Paul has also become known for photographing animals, including the below picture of a baby rhino at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, in Oxfordshire, which featured in both The Times and on the American ABC News website.