New for 2022: Sailing Photography Workshop with professional photographer Nigel Hicks

Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta

New for 2022: Sailing Photography Workshop with professional photographer Nigel Hicks

Our Sailing Photography Workshop is the dream ticket for anyone who likes to sail, while at the same time, capturing their experiences with the marine and coastal environment. It’s got everything – a fabulous Victorian heritage sailing vessel; the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AOBN); The Torbay UNESCO Geopark; the amazing marine wildlife; plus Nigel Hicks a hugely experienced professional photographer to bring out the best of everything. (see Nigel’s profile below)

You will board Pilgrim in the historic fishing port of Brixham  on Tuesday 10th May 2022 for our Sailing Photography Workshop. The cruise will be spent exploring the coastline, bays and estuaries of South Devon. You will get the chance to soak up the stunning scenery and experience exhilarating sailing on our beloved and fully restored heritage sailing trawler. Pilgrim is a proud member of the UK National Historic Fleet and in 2022 it will be 127 years since she was launched from Upham’s Yard in Brixham right next to where she now berths.

Brixham harbour, Torbay, Devon, Great Britain.

We will end our cruise the following day in the heritage port of Dartmouth. It’s where the Mayflower sailed from in 1620 and has been at the heart of our naval history for generations. It is located at the mouth of the picturesque River Dart which is protected by castles and is simply stunning. Photo and video opportunities abound including, hopefully, sunrises and sunsets over the sea.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique experience

Not only will you have a superb sailing trip, but you will see how Victorian fishermen handled these heavy and powerful vessels. You will be able to assist the crew to sail Pilgrim in the traditional manner yet benefit from the modern guest facilities we have on board.

Throughout the two days you will be guided by Nigel Hicks who will help you improve your techniques and will enable you to be more creative with your photography and videography. We plan to use our dinghy to get ashore to those difficult to reach places and for those special shots of Pilgrim at sea.


About Nigel Hicks

This Sailing Photography Workshop will be hosted by Nigel Hicks, a hugely experienced professional photographer, who over the many years of his career has worked in a wide range of photographic genres, mostly focussing on tourism and nature, but also including marine and yachting photography.

Nigel Hicks Professional Photographer
America3 sailing under spinnaker, passing an replica of a square rigger, during the America’s Cup Jubilee; Cowes, Isle of Wight, Great Britain, August 2001.

His work has taken him all over the world shooting for such clients as UK publishers Dorling Kindersley and the prestigious US’s National Geographic Image Collection. He holds a Fellowship with the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), the highest qualification in what is one of the UK’s leading professional photography bodies.

In terms of teaching photography, for over 15 years Nigel has run regular one-day photography workshops in the southwest, as well as occasional photography tours, mostly to Iceland. As a result, he has extensive experience in knowing how to pass his photography skills to others, as well as the kind of issues that budding photographers struggle with.

What Nigel aims to teach

Most of what Nigel teaches falls into two broad categories:

  1. Getting the most out of your digital camera, whether that be a top-end digital SLR, mirrorless camera a simple compact, or even a phone camera. What a digital camera’s critical functions are and how to make use of them, putting you in control of the camera instead of the camera being in control of you.
  2. Understanding the aesthetic aspects of photography. In other words, working out how to spot potentially great compositions within the scene in front of you, finding ways to mould a potential subject into a great composition, and then finally executing the image.

Working through these two areas, we are sure you’ll be able to greatly improve your photography skills, both on land and on the sea. Specifically, for this sailing trip, the photography will include such subjects as the crew working the boat, wide views and details of the sails and rigging, other details around the boat, wildlife (such as dolphins, cormorants and guillemots), views of Pilgrim under sail, seen from the shore, and some on-shore photography, such as around Dartmouth. Much will of course depend on weather conditions and chance encounters, but we will grab every opportunity that comes along – part of the art of good photography!

Finding out more about Nigel Hicks

To find out more about Nigel’s photography feel free to take a tour of his website at

Booking your place

To book your place on the workshop follow this link: