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Stuart Forster
TRAVEL WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, JOURNALIST







ONLINE WORK

LANGUAGES

PHOTOGRAPHY

BOOKS

ARTICLES

AWARDS

SPECIALITIES


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EXAMPLES OF MY
PUBLISHED WORK

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PHOTOGRAPHY
SELECTION

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I am travel writer with experience of writing for newspapers, magazines, books plus websites and blogs. Travelling is an activity I embark on frequently - sometimes on commission, sometimes to research stories that appeal to me – in order to acquire knowledge and experiences that can be turned into engaging copy.

I am also an experienced professional photographer and have undertaken commissions for design, lifestyle and travel magazines.

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I have experienced living abroad in Germany (four years), India (five years) and Portugal (two years). I’m currently based in the North-East of England.

I enjoy reaching below a destination’s surface, examining how history and heritage shape places, as well as interacting with people and experiencing local flavours. Food and drink play an important role in how I perceive destinations.

As a freelancer I am always keen to hear from commissioning editors and in discussing potential projects.

 


 

ONLINE WORK

I have experience of writing features and reviews specifically for websites. I also blog on my own travel site (www.go-eat-do.com) and write guest posts for other blogs and websites.

Follow these links to see examples of my work online:

For
National Geographic Traveller

For the
Independent

On the Rough Guides website

On the Huffington Post website

Hotel reviews for Our Man On The Ground.

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LANGUAGES

I speak fluent German and feel confident while interviewing and researching in German.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

My photographic work is regularly published in UK newspapers (including the Daily Mail, the Mirror, the Guardian and the Telegraph) and a range of magazines. My photos have also appeared in numerous international newspapers (including the Age, South China Morning Post, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Sydney Morning Herald, and Washington Post).

In addition to photographing and distributing images for publication, I write and lecture on photographic theory and the history of photography.

I have built a stock of several thousand photographic images, covering a range of destinations and subject matter. A number of my images can be licensed and downloaded from photo agencies such as such as 4CornersImages, Rex Features, Robert Harding Picture Library and Alamy.

A selection of my travel images can be viewed on this site at
Stuart Forster photography selection
and at
www.robertharding.com/stuartforster.

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BOOKS

As an author I’ve contributed to the following travel-related books:

The Irresponsible Traveller (Bradt, 2014)
Secret Journeys of a Lifetime (National Geographic, 2011)
Driving Holidays Across India (Outlook Traveller Getaways, 2009)
Bengaluru and Karnataka (Stark World Publishing, 2008)
Kerala (Stark World Publishing, 2006)

My photographs have been published in many travel books and guides, including:

Rwanda (Bradt Guides, 2012)
Slow Northumberland and Durham (Bradt Guides, 2012)
Frommer’s London 2011 (Frommers Color Complete, 2010)
Weird World (Bradt Guides, 2009)
The Rough Guide to India (Rough Guides, 2008)
Indien - Eine Bildreise (National Geographic, 2008)
China - Eine Bildreise (National Geographic, 2008)
Dresden (Bradt Guides, 2007)

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ARTICLES

The following features represent a small selection of my written work published over the past few years. See also: SEE EXAMPLES OF MY PUBLISHED WORK.

Journeys Through India (about travel and transport experiences in India, 1 Oct 2013, National Geographic Traveller)

Designing Lisbon (about the design scene in Lisbon, Jan 2013, Going Places)

France: Old World, Not Old Fashioned (about Paris and Arras, Dec 2012, Forbes magazine travel supplement)

A Grand Canyon (about visiting the Coloured Canyon and Sinai Peninsula, Nov 2012, Thomas Cook Traveller)

72 Hours in Delhi (guide to the Indian capital, Nov 2012, ABTA Magazine, India Supplement)

Turning the Tide (about rebuilding Akagera National Park in Rwanda, Sept 2012, B.Spirit)

Pole Position (about Poland hosting the Euro 2012 football championship, June 2012, Irish Tatler Man)

Getting the Green Light (about the regeneration of Cais do Sodre in Lisbon, April 2012, easyJet Traveller magazine)

A Site for Sore Spies: Hotel Palacio and Banyan Tree Spa (about the luxury hotel and spa in Estoril, Portugal, 23 Dec 2011, South China Morning Post)

Muay Thai: The Traditional Martial Art of Kickboxing (about experiencing Muay Thai in Bangkok, 1 Sep 2011, Esquire Magazine (Malaysia))

Guide to Monaco (an overview for travellers, Autumn 2011, Irish Tatler Man)

Shiny Healthy People (about health tourism and spa treatments in Germany, July 2011, Gulf Life in-flight magazine)

Green Goddess (about environmental and business aspects of Hamburg, Europe’s Green Capital in 2011, 1 Mar 2011, B.There! in-flight magazine)

Departing the Red Sea (about the effect of Egypt’s revolution on tourism in Sharm-el-Sheikh, 5 Mar 2011, Sydney Morning Herald)

Fort St George and Georgetown in Chennai, India (a heritage feature, 1 Feb 2011, Silhouette, Air Seychelles in-flight magazine)

Finding Sanctuary (about Tibetan refugees settling in Karnataka, India, 1 Sep 2010, Tiger Tales in-flight magazine)

Antwerp: the new style capital (about the fashion industry in Antwerp, Belgium, Autumn 2010, Velocity in-flight magazine)

Bavarian Boarding (about winter sports in Bavaria, Germany, 16 Jan 2010, Ryanair Magazine)

Hidden Island (about Tenerife’s cultural and nature attractions, 13 Mar 2010, Hindustan Times)

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AWARDS

I was a finalist in the Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year at the the Travel Media Awards 2016 and short-listed twice at the 2015 Awards. A piece in Bari, Italy, published on go-eat-do.com helped me become a finalist in the Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year category. A feature on Varanasi, Italy, published in ABTA Magazine, resulted in me being named a finalist in the Travel Trade Feature of the Year category.

I was named Journalist of the Year at the Holland Press Awards of 2015 and 2016 my body of work on the Netherlands and Dutch culture published in the preceding years.


In the springtime of 2016 I was short-listed for the Best Online Coverage of Canada in 2015 for the British Annual Canada Travel Awards (the BACTAs) for a feature on Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, that I wrote for the Rough Guides website.

For my work on go-eat-do.com I was one of three writers short-listed for the Comment Awards Independent Blogger of the Year title in 2015.

I was also a finalist in the AITO Awards of 2015, again for work on go-eat-do.com, in the Travel Blogger of the Year category.

I was short-listed for the German National Tourist Board’s German Travel Writer of the Year Award in 2010 for a feature on winter sports published in Ryanair magazine.

In 2010 the book Driving Holidays Across India was named as winner in the Excellence in Publishing (English Language) category at India’s National Tourism Awards.

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SPECIALITIES

My photographic work is regularly published in UK newspapers (including the Daily Mail, the Mirror, the Guardian and the Telegraph) and a range of magazines. My photos have also appeared in numerous international newspapers (including the Age, South China Morning Post, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Sydney Morning Herald, and Washington Post).

In addition to photographing and distributing images for publication, I write and lecture on photographic theory and the history of photography.

I have built a stock of several thousand photographic images, covering a range of destinations and subject matter. A number of my images can be licensed and downloaded from photo agencies such as such as 4CornersImages, Rex Features, Robert Harding Picture Library and Alamy.

A selection of my travel images can be viewed at www.robertharding.com/stuartforster.

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TO CONTACT ME

Please email me or call me on +44 7947 587136.

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BY STUART FORSTER -
EXAMPLES OF PUBLISHED WORK

It’s a Man’s World [for the Sydney Morning Herald]
Even the most ardent fans of Mount Athos have no qualms about saying this isn't a destination for everyone. Only men are permitted to visit the self-governing peninsula in northern Greece, which has long been a pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians. An undulating 50-kilometre finger of land that pokes into the Aegean Sea, the peninsula is home to 20 monasteries and about 2500 monks.
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Abu Dhabi Rising [for FOUR magazine]
Abu Dhabi is fast becoming a hub of gourmet cuisine and luxury fine-dining. Stuart Forster tells FOUR about his trip to the capital, exploring its gastronomic history and current epicurean delights, including the Gourmet Abu Dhabi festival…
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Bowes - A Dickens of a Place [for North-East Life Magazine]
Mention Bowes in the North-East of England and the image conjured into most minds is that of the French chateau-style stately home, designed by Jules Pellechet, which is today home to the Bowes Museum. Only a handful of people immediately think of the quiet village in Teesdale that provided Charles Dickens with the inspiration for Dotheboys Hall and Wackford Squeers, his quirky one-eyed schoolmaster.
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Tampere, Finland - Crayfish and saunas [for Real Travel Magazine]
If you’d asked me to name any more than a couple of Finnish cities at the start of this year, I’d have struggled. But an invitation to a crayfish party in Tampere - Finland’s third largest city and, with 206,000 inhabitants, the most populous inland urban area in the whole of Scandinavia - had me reaching for the travel guides to swot up.
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Hamburg - Green Goddess [for B.There in-flight magazine]
That Hamburg could be named Europe’s Green Capital in 2011 came as a surprise to most. After all, the city and its hinterland have an overwhelmingly industrial image: Europe’s third largest port, home to 1.8m people, is the continent’s biggest copper smelter. Nonetheless, it scored well in the categories of ‘climate protection’, ‘mobility and environmental administration’ and ‘waste water management’ earning the city its green title.
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