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We have put together an incredible mix of Photographic Experts, Nepal and Mountain Gurus, and invited along some incredible personalities who between them add significant value to what is offered at PhotoJourney; it's what makes us unique and, although we say so ourselves, pretty damned cool.

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The core team of Johnny, Saraya and Mark have been conducting remote and adventurous photographic training over many years with organisations such as British Exploring Society, Outward Bound, Venture Quest, Raleigh International to name a few. Our guest speakers have incredible stories to tell from walking the Nile or the Himalayas, to modelling in Australia, to photographing Royalty.

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Johnny Fenn

Instructor and Village Experience Leader

To find Johnny’s photographic roots is to take a journey back to a dim and distant past. He studied photography in 1988 as part of an Art A level and started work with a local newspaper. His fledgling career was interrupted by Officer Training at Sandhurst and the successful pursuit of a 25 year career in the Brigade of Gurkhas. Thus began a longstanding relationship with Nepal which most recently saw him project manage and photograph the installation of solar-powered internet hubs in rural villages for HelloWorld.

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Although the Army kept Johnny busy, with service all over West Africa, the Far East and of course, Nepal, his passion for photography persisted. He founded and ran a number of photographic clubs, sharing his knowledge and developing his own skills.

In 2011, having completed two years in Nepal as Field Director of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, Johnny left the Army to successfully pursue a career in photography. Johnny Fenn Photography has enjoyed working with a broad range of clients, from corporate giants Coca-Cola, Lidl and EFG to members of the Royal Family to humble NGOs like the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

For the past six years Johnny has been guiding photographic tours in Nepal with such success that demand has outstripped supply. It is in view of this that he is expanding his offer, forming an exciting partnership with Mark and creating PhotoJourney.

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Saraya Cortaville

Instructor and Cultural Experience Leader

In April 2007 Saraya was the first ever female photographer to gain the title of Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers in studio portraiture. In September 2015, Saraya was awarded her second Fellowship in Social Documentary, for her work in Tanzania - One of only 2 women in the UK to receive this award; a Fellowship is the most prestigious qualification that a professional photographer is able to achieve in portrait photography and one that very few photographers are able to realise.

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In 2015, Saraya was voted The London Portrait Photographer of the Year.

Saraya has also won many awards in the National Awards for the British Institute. Saraya is now a judge at this level for both qualifications and National awards, and is a BIPP approved assessor and mentor to other aspiring photographers.

Saraya has been working with Johnny in Nepal since 2016, and her skilful eye and dedication have helped numerous other photographers to improve their own skills whilst on a Photo Journey adventure.

For the last 3 years, Saraya has been an Ambassador for Fujifilm and talks regularly at national and international photographic events.

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Mark Brightwell

Instructor and Mountain Experience Leader

Mark brings a huge amount to photoJourney - he is an accomplished and award-winning photographer as well as a prolific and extremely capable mountain guide. Mark’s adventurous life took early hold when he joined the British Army as an officer with the Gurkhas. Unfortunately, this was cut short when he was injured in a bomb blast in Iraq. Typically for Mark, he has drawn on this experience to help shape his life. His thirst for adventure, combined with a deep desire to help others, and to protect and preserve the environment, really embody what photoJourney is all about.

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Since leaving the Army, not only has Mark been leading expedition groups in the European Alps, Africa and the Himalayas, honing his skills for development of others, but he has also been working professionally as a photographer throughout this period. Although this has involved some very strong commercial work; his main focus has been outdoor adventure photography.

Along with Johnny, Mark has been a Media Leader with the British Exploring Society.

In February 2019, Mark was nominated for the Henry Worsley Award presented by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - an award for “the individual who has best inspired others through the demonstration of determination in the face of adversity” and this is what Mark is all about.

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