Snowdon Sunrise Challenge & The Fastest Zip Line in the World

The Snowdon Sunrise Challenge is a charity event organised by Care International UK to raise money, so that they are able to keep helping the world’s poorest people in over 80 countries fight poverty and injustice.

I always wanted to climb Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 1085m, so why not do it in the middle of the night to arrive at the top to see the sun rise over Snowdonia National Park and raise some money for charity at the same time. My friends Alex and Robin took part too, so we rented a cabin in the area and planned a whole weekend of activities.

We met the guides just before midnight on Friday, then started our climb on the Llanberis Path (total ascent 980m) shortly after with our headlamps. Even though it was middle of May, it was freezing and windy and the higher we got the more fog would appear, so even with our torches you could just see a few feet ahead. These conditions really made it a hard challenge, something I didn’t expect, but something that made reaching the top even more of an achievement!

We arrived about half an hour before sunrise at the top, but unfortunately the fog wouldn’t clear up, so the nice views would just appear once we were heading down again. That’s when we also finally saw where we were actually climbing before, for example the train tracks which run parallel to the path!

Thanks to everyone who supported us on!!

It was a great challenge and it made me want to do more hiking again. Next year I will take on Scafell in the Lake District (the highest peak in England) and hopefully I can also do Ben Nevis (the highest one in Scotland) soon too.

The challenge was completed at about 7am, but our day was far from over. We had already booked Bounce Below and Zipworld Titan. Bounce Below is basically a trampolining world in old mining caves with huge nets, different levels and slides between them. It is a lot of fun, but after a 6 hour hike not the best idea ;-) The Zipworld Titan in the afternoon was a bit more relaxing, as you just need to be hanging in there and enjoying the ride!

Sunday morning we went to Zipworld Velocity, which has the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe! That’s a great way to start the day and get you going!!

Here’s a short video of us going down the “Big Zipper”: 

As we had some time left, we went on a short road trip to Holyhead on Anglesey, an island off the north-west coast of Wales, before heading back to London.

Holyhead Lighthouse:

It’s amazing what you can do in just 48h!

Thanks again for all your support!

Photography Exhibitions London - May/June2015

I just booked my tickets for the 2015 Sony World Photography Exhibition, so I thought it’s time again to have a look what other photography related exhibitions are on in London over the next couple of months. Please find below a whole list with links and dates to exhibitions and galleries. Most of them are admission free, but for some of the bigger events you have to pay for.

As I just mentioned I will go to the 2015 Sony World Photography Exhibition at the Somerset House. Thanks to theprintspace, who printed, framed and mounted this year’s awards, you can get 20% off by using the code “theprintspace20”!

I’m also thinking of going to Photo London, a 4-day event at the Somerset House as well, where galleries will be exhibiting a diverse range of photographs. Furthermore there will be talks, music, screenings and social events!

Tate Britain has a very interesting and rare exhibition of salted paper prints from 1840-1860, one of the earliest forms of photography. I am fascinated by those old processes and find it very inspirational to see where we come from, so I hope I can make it to the Tate to have a look at some 150-year-old prints!

Speaking of inspiration I think it’s important to also look at and learn from other non-photographic arts, so I try to go to the National Gallery and the Tate Modern every now and again. I do really like the look and feel of impressionist paintings, so I will have a chance to learn more about it at the current exhibition at the National Gallery “Inventing Impressionism”.

I’m not sure if I can actually make it to all the exhibitions I just mentioned, definitely not to all of the ones I listed below, but I will of course find the time to pop into the Photographer’s Gallery and have a look at the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015!

If you know of any other exhibitions or galleries in and around of London, please leave a comment and share :-)

SOMERSET HOUSE: 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

24 Apr – 10 May 2015

Anytime Entry £8.50, Weekday Entry (10.00-16.00) £6.50



21 – 24 May 2015

Day tickets £20.00, concessions £17.00


SOMERSET HOUSE: Unseen Waterloo: The Conflict Revisited

12 June – 31 Aug 2015





THE CHINESE PHOTOBOOK: 17 Apr – 05 July 2015




Tate Britain: Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860

25 Feb – 7 June 2015



SCIENCE MUSEUM: Revelations: Experiments in Photography

Learn about the influence of early scientific photography on 20th century art

20 Mar – 13 Sept 2015



V&A: A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

06 Feb – 01 Nov 2015




Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan: 01 Apr 2015 -14 May 2015

The Kinks: 16 May -27 June 2015



Getty Images Gallery: Altered States

14 Apr - 9 May 2015



Hamilton’s Gallery: Cathleen Naundorf: Noah's Ark

14 May - 20 June 2015



Atlas Gallery: Marc Riboud: Paris to Peking

26 Mar – 9 May 2015



Grimaldi Gavin: Getting Better and Worse at the Same Time: New work by Clare Strand

29 Apr - 6 June 2015


Daniel Blau: Apollo 8 x 10

10 Apr—15 May 2015



The Wapping Project Bankside: Alexander Gronsky

14 Apr – 29 May 2015



Nunnery Gallery: Magic Mirror: Exhibition of works by Claude Cahun and Sarah Pucill

17 Apr - 14 June 2015



Piano Nobile Kings Place: Alexander Lindsay: Altitude

16 Apr - 20 June 2015



Royal Observatory Greenwich: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

Until 19 July 2015


Photography Exhibitions London - Dec2014/Jan2015

Every time I see an ad for a photography exhibition I take a quick picture with my phone or if I see it online I save the link to my reading list or tweet about it. Most of the times though I forget about it soon after and when I actually think of going, the exhibitions are usually over.

So I thought I’ll put all these exhibitions and galleries into one notebook in Evernote, so hopefully I’ll see a few more exhibitions in the future.

When I finished the list of current exhibitions, I thought I might as well publish them on my blog, so you also have all of them in one place. I added the dates, the standard admission fees and the links for further information. 

Unfortunately I don’t have time to see all of them, but on my personal shortlist are the Taylor Wessing Prize in the National Portrait Gallery, the Great Londoners at the Hoxton and Celebrated at the Atlas Gallery.

When I’m around Oxford Circus and have some time spare, I usually pop into the Photographers’ Gallery or the Getty Images Gallery to see if they have anything new and interesting.

If you want to see some exhibitions between Christmas and New Year, just check the opening times, as they may differ during the holiday.

If you know of any other exhibitions or galleries in and around of London, please leave a comment and share :-)



National Portrait Gallery: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

13.11.2014 - 22.02.2015



Science Museum: Drawn by Light: Key Images from the history of photography from The Royal Photographic Society

02.12.2014 - 01.03.2015



Tate Modern: Conflict - Time - Photography

The passing of time in 150 years of conflicts around the world

26.11.2014 - 15.03.2015



Barbican: Constructing Worlds:

Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

25.09.2014 - 11.01.2015


V&A: HORST: Photographer of Style

06.09.2014 - 04.01.2015



V&A: A History of Photography

Permanent collection



The Photographers’ Gallery: Current Exhibitions:

Edward Steichen: 31.10.2014 - 18.01.2015

Viviane Sassen: 31.10.2014 - 18.01.2015

Penelope Umbrico: 04.12.2014 - 28.01.2015



Somerset House: Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

27.11.2014 - 15.03.2015



Somerset House: Wounded: The Legacy of War

Photographs by Bryan Adams

12.11.2014 - 25.01.2015



Somerset House: Chris Stein/Negative:

Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk

05.11.2014 - 25.01.2015



The Hoxton, Holborn: The Great Londoners

Street Photography by Nicholas Goodden


18.10.2014 - 31.01.2015


Snap Galleries: Art Kane: Retrospective

11.12.2014 - 31.01.2015



Contini Art: Mikhail Baryshnikov: Dancing Away

29.11.2014 - 31.01.2015



Alan Cristea Gallery: Mark Neville: London/Pittsburgh

21.11.2014 - 24.01.2015



Getty Images Gallery: Winter Sale 2014

06.12.2014 - ?



Michael Hoppen Gallery:

Sohei Nishino - New Dioramas: 30.10.2014 - 07.01.2015

Kikuji Kawada - The Last Cosmology: 01.12.2014 - 23.01.2015



Hamilton’s Gallery: Murray Fredericks: Recent Work

11.12.2014 - 30.01.2015



Atlas Gallery: Celebrated

20.11.2014 - 24.01.2015 (closed over the holiday season)



Grimaldi Gavin: Joachim Brohm: Vernacular & Modern

27.11.2014 - 10.01.2015 (closed from 24.12. to 05.01. )