Tom has written over 40 books on photography including the best-selling Digital Photographer’s Handbook published in twenty languages. His Digital Photography Masterclass was named The Crème De La Crème of the Top Digital Imaging Books of 2008 by Shutterbug Magazine. He won the Thomas Cook Award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his book on the Marco Polo Expedition.
He presented two ground-breaking series on photography for the BBC and an eight-part series for Channel News Asia, Singapore in 2009 (Bronze at the New York Film & TV Awards) for which he wrote the script.
He was technical editor of Camera magazine, editor of Photography magazine, picture editor of The Sunday Correspondent Magazine and correspondent to numerous photography magazines.
He was Senior Lecturer in photographic practice at the University of Westminster for over 12 years (photography, digital photography, journalism and design at undergraduate and masters level) and led the BA Photography and MA Photographic Journalism courses. He pioneered academic links to the Former Soviet Central Asia, leading a Know How Fund project for journalism in Kyrgyzstan and helped found the Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
He has lectured and given workshops widely including: Manila, Dubai, Singapore, Auckland, London, Cape Town, Brisbane, Cannes.
He is a founding member of Wandsworth Photography Co-operative (now The Photo Coop), a founding member of the World Photographic Academy, initiated the Student Focus of Sony World Photography Awards and former photography chair for the Royal Geographical Society’s Expedition Workshops. Major competitions he has juried for include Sony World Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Hamdan International Photography Award, Czech Press Photo.
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He was awarded the HIPA (Hamdan International Photography Award) Content Creator Award 2019 in Dubai, UAE.
Born in Singapore, he now lives in New Zealand.