UK/Spanish Whale Watching Trip with David Tipling

By Geoff Harris

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If you have ever witnessed a whale breaching from the ocean or simply a fluke disappearing below the waves, you will know how exciting whale dolphin watching can be.  Not too many people realize that one of the very best seas on earth for seeing these creatures is right on the UK's doorstep.  You don't need to jet off thousands of miles to the other side of the planet.  All you need do is take a ferry from Portsmouth to the Spanish port of Bilbao.  The crossing takes you across the Bay of Biscay giving access to a huge array of species, in fact over a quarter of the worlds dolphin and whale species occur here including the mighty Blue Whale although you need to be lucky to see this giant.  It's not just whales and dolphins that excite.  In autumn the bay fills with seabirds, rafts of shearwaters are frequently seen. 

ORCA, (a UK leading whale and dolphin conservation charity) in association with Brittany Ferries brings you an unforgettable opportunity to discover and learn more about whales and dolphins in one of world’s most fabulous whale watching locations.  I will be joining them this September as a guest speaker and guide.  Although not strictly a photography trip, getting good pictures from these trips is very hit and miss.  It does however offer a great experience on a luxury trip, the perfect short break. Visit

Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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