About

Nigel Pepper is an professional award-winning photographer based in Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex. He took an interest in photography from an early age but it was 1982 when he bought his first "serious" camera - an Olympus OM10 + lenses. He now uses Nikon equipment shooting digital.

Birdwatching is one of Nigel's great passions and his favourite genus is the gull family ( known as "seagulls" to most people ). This group of birds has become an obsessional study, with his desire to see and photograph all the world's species of gull resulting in a national birding magazine ( Birdwatching ) writing a five-page article in 2002.

For over nine years he has been following the life of a now famous disabled Herring Gull called "Leggy" which frequents Walton-on-the-Naze seafront. Some images of "Leggy the Herring Gull" can be seen on this website, including "Perfect Landing", a shot which won the 2006 Essex Wildlife Trust Photographic Award.

He won the 2004 "Best of Tendring" photographic award in 2004 with the image of a rainbow behind the Naze Tower as a storm clears out to sea. He donated the first prize of a weekend break in Germany to a childrens hospice for one of the terminally ill patients.

Additionally many of Nigel's images have been published in various books, journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as often being used in ITV's Anglia Weather. He also has a great passion for Thames sailing barges, often following the annual races. Some of his images have been used by the Thames Sailing Barge Trust and one or two of the barge owners, in particular SB "Wyvenhoe". He used his images of Sailing Barge "Pudge" to help raise money for her restoration through the Thames Sailing Barge Trust.

Nigel loves Walton-on-the-Naze and the surrounding area and many of the pictures on this website are taken within walking distance of his home, and reflect the beauty of the local area. He has used his images to raise considerable funds for charities including the Walton and Frinton Lifeboat, Wildlives Animal Sanctuary at Thorrington, and the All-Saints Church at Walton-on-the-Naze. He has also donated pictures to several local organisations in and around Walton-on-the-Naze. He has also given his time to the YMCA, the Sea Cadets, and the Royal British Legion at Walton-on-the-Naze, assisting all of them with their photographic needs.

He has worked voluntarily with the Frinton and Walton Heritage Trust, and took many of the official images of the historic lifeboat "James Stevens No.14", in particular those on the official launch day. Through the Heritage Trust the future sale of these photographs will be used to raise money towards the enormous restoration costs incurred and the future upkeep of this historic vessel.

Nigel's image of "Leggy" the Herring Gull titled "Territorial Squabble" was recently shortlisted in an International Wildlife competition narrowly missing out on a top prize.