Monday, 25 June 2007

Wildlife Photographer Awarded Highly Prestigious Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal

Royal Recognition for Michael Huggan’s Outstanding Photography

Michael Huggan, ARPS

The wildlife photographer, Michael Huggan, ARPS (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society), is winner of this year’s Royal Photographic Society’s Travel Group Digital Section Gold Medal. He was presented the award by the President of the RPS, Professor Jacobsen, at a special ceremony in April.

Michael Huggan's 2007 RPS Travel Group Gold Medal

The judge said that his image entitled ‘The Gardians’, taken in Montagnac, Southern France stood out from the rest due to its composition, the dramatic imagery of the horses and their formation and grouping.

Michael Huggan's Award-winning photo 'The Gardians'

“One of my photographic loves is horses and for many years I photographed equestrian events from local riding clubs to polo matches,” recalls Michael. “In 2004, my wife and I travelled to the Camargue in southern France to visit friends in the village of Montagnac. By pure accident, we had arrived in time to see a local festival in the next village which included a competition between two teams of horses and riders demonstrating their control in marshalling playful bulls. The riders are known as ‘Gardians’ which is the name I have given the winning photo.”

‘The Gardians’ can be seen on the Royal Photographic Society Travel Group website here:

Michael, a Nikon user for the last 35 years, lives in Hampshire. His photographic experience covers a wide range of subjects from the natural world, lifestyle and business to Michael’s passion of wildlife photography for which he is most well known. His interest in wildlife photography heralds from many visits to the African continent. In 2003 Michael gained his Associate Distinction (ARPS) in nature photography with the Royal Photographic Society and in 2005, he was awarded the bronze medal for one of his African wildlife images by the Nature Group of the RPS. Michael has had various pictures and articles published in a variety of magazines and photographic journals. He has also displayed his work at numerous exhibitions for which he has received outstanding acclaim. His photography, available as limited edition pictures, note cards and exhibition-range framed pictures, can be viewed and purchased at

For more information, contact:

Michael Huggan, ARPS
Michael Huggan Photography
Cranford House
Alton Lane, Four Marks
GU34 5AJ

01962 773697

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