Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I use an image for commercial purposes and what will it cost?

A. You may use an image for commercial purposes, but you will need to speak to me before you do. My charges are reasonable but they depend upon the use and the length of time for which the image is required.

Q. Can I use a library image in a website?

A. You may use an image on a website, but please ask permission before you do. I do not normally charge for such use, but I ask that the image be properly copyrighted and accredited. I also ask for a link back to this website.

Q. Can I copy a library image for personal use at home or for a project at work?

A. You may save or print images for private use and enjoyment at home. However, they must NOT under any circumstances be reproduced, published, altered or used for commercial purposes without my written permission. No matter how well intentioned, breach of copyright is theft, and I will initiate proceedings against any offender.

Q. I want to buy a print of an image - do you sell them?

A. No. I am sorry but I no longer offer my images for sale as prints.

Q. Can I purchase an image in digital format to print myself?

A. No, simply for reasons of security and protection of copyright.

Q. Are there any more images than those shown on the site?

A. Yes, there are thousands more, but most of the geographical areas and subjects that I cover are included on the site. My areas of specialisation are : The Himalayas and the United Kingdom. I do have some Alpine material, but none of the Americas, Africa or New Zealand. It is my intention to expand the library over time, so it might be useful to bookmark this site and return at a later date.

Q. Will you sponsor my fundraising activities in the mountains?

A. In a word, NO.

I receive numerous requests each year from individuals and groups who wish to support a deserving cause by raising funds through the commercial sponsorship of some mountain related challenge or event. I admire these people for giving of their time and energy to good causes, but I am fundamentally opposed to any event, however small or well organised, which uses the mountain environment as some kind of resource or objective.

I regard the mountain environment as one which is under severe threat from a number of directions, and it is my policy - through my images - to encourage people to understand, care for and protect that environment. Having lived and worked in the mountains for more than 40 years, I am very aware of the damage that 'sponsored' events can cause to the mountain environment, the risks that they place on the participants and the disruption that they cause to the local population.

I am not alone in these views, which are now widely held by the climbing and walking public and generally supported by their official representative bodies.