Tom Pepper: Blog en-us (C) Tom Pepper (Tom Pepper) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:03:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:03:00 GMT Tom Pepper: Blog 120 118 Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Exhibition and A&E Redevelopment Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust Daily Noticeboard:

"When Dr Tom Pepper is not treating our patients, he is a keen photographer with a particular interest in landscape, wildlife, and urban photography. He was awarded student Urban Photographer of the Year, 2013, and also won the 'New Talent' category of Travel Photographer of the Year in 2013.  

Hospital charity, CW+, is pleased to be hosting an exhibition of some of Tom’s photographs in the hospital for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy. These vibrant images capture the essence of London’s distinctive architecture and infrastructure, as well as the ‘buzz’ commonly attributed to life in the capital.

You can see Tom’s photos on the ground floor of the hospital, in the corridor between the coffee shop and lift bank C."


(Tom Pepper) Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:45:00 GMT
Caribbean Frenzy painting The talented Andrea Rigsby of Assume Nothing Art very kindly turned a photo of mine into a true work of art, and also gave it a great name!  Thanks so much Andrea.  

See Andrea's other work on her Facebook page, and you can see my original here.

(Tom Pepper) art assume nothing art caribbean ocean painting sharks underwater Tue, 01 Mar 2016 21:15:00 GMT
Through the lens with... Tom Pepper. Travel Photographer of the Year 2013


Amateur photographer, and now full-time doctor, Tom Pepper won the 2013 New Talent category of Travel Photographer of the Year, with a portfolio of images which he shot while on medical attachment in New York as a medical student. During the weekends and evenings not spent at the hospital, Tom walked the streets in search of new photographic subjects, and a fresh take on the familiar Manhattan skyline.
You can see more of Tom’s work here


1. Where are you from?
I grew up in Folkestone, Kent, but currently live and work in London.


2. What first got you into photography and how old were you? 
For my 21st birthday my parents gave me a digital camera – a two megapixel Fuji Finepix 2800 – and that really marked the beginning of my love of photography.  Its only ISO setting was 100, and I soon realised it was terrible for shooting indoors, but great for sunsets!  Perhaps it was this that steered me towards landscape photography.


3. How do you look to approach and capture your next best shot?
I look to see what has already been done, and then decide what works well and what doesn’t.  I research whether sunrise or sunset is preferable for particular locations, and use a tool like The Photographer’s Ephemeris to check which time of year is best in terms of sun position.  Finally (for England at least) the weather forecast is vital!  This process gives me an enormous head start compared with setting out with a completely blank slate, particularly if my time in a location is limited.  I then experiment as much as I can, with the aim of capturing a unique frame under the best conditions.


4. What has being involved with the Travel Photographer of the Year done for your photography career?
I work as a doctor for my ‘day job’, but winning the New Talent category of Travel Photographer of the Year has motivated me to keep finding the time to shoot, and inspired me to put together a small website of my work (, as I always like to look at the portfolios of other competition winners.


5. Tell us the story of your profiled picture 
I captured this image whilst on a medical attachment in New York.  After finishing my shift at the hospital I would head out to take some photographs for an hour or two, which was often conveniently around sunset.  This image became part of a portfolio of six.  It shows the Manhattan skyline just after the sun has set, with the Brooklyn Bridge stretching across the water connecting the two boroughs. I shot the image from a deliberately low angle so as to include the rocks in the foreground, which provide balance to the fragmented clouds passing overhead.


6. Where is your favourite place you have visited, and why? 
Whenever I plan a photographic trip overseas the USA is the benchmark to beat.  The landscape is so diverse, and its National Park system is the jewel in the crown.


7. What or who inspires you to take the pictures you do?
Originally, my travel planning revolved around getting to the most scenic locations in the world.  Once there, it was a natural progression to want to capture these.  I enjoyed bringing home images that people – friends and family – were unfamiliar with, whether these were of beautiful landscapes or exotic creatures.  More recently I have come to realise that there are just as many striking images waiting to be taken on the doorstep.  The challenge comes in presenting these familiar scenes in an unfamiliar way.


8. What do you most enjoy photographing?  
I enjoy photographing landscapes and wildlife most. However, I’m currently trying to learn more about portrait and lifestyle photography, as this is a new challenge requiring a completely different skill set. I think I will ultimately always return to landscape photography though.


For more information on Travel Photographer of the Year or to enter, visit

(Tom Pepper) Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:45:00 GMT
King's medic is student Urban Photographer of the Year


King’s medical student, Tom Pepper, has won the CBRE Student Urban Photographer of the Year competition with his striking photograph ‘Waiting for the train’ which depicts three passengers waiting for a New York subway train at 2am.


Now in its sixth year, the annual competition is the largest global photography competition of its kind and saw thousands of entries from across the continents. The theme was ‘Cities at Work’ and entrants were asked to submit an image portraying a specific time of day in any city across the world.


This year, for the first time, a student competition was run alongside the main competition which is sponsored by CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. The winner of the main competition received a ‘photo safari’, while Tom won himself an iPad.


Tom’s winning image was captured during his medical elective from King’s as he travelled home from sightseeing in Times Square on the subway. It was far more than just a lucky snap, however, as he had earlier noticed the photogenic quality of the arrangements, actions and expressions of people trying to pass the time as he travelled across the city. Tom describes these three characters as a perfect example of how interesting the simplest of human actions can be.  Tom said: ‘The photo was quite tricky to get because of the low light levels in the station. In the end I balanced my camera on my rucksack and took several shots in order to get this one. I’m really excited that my photo was chosen to win out of thousands of student entries from across the world!’


This is not the first time Tom’s photography has landed him success. Two of his images were selected for exhibition in the Best Shots Tour (2013) and he has been a finalist in both the Lonely Planet 100 Millionth Guidebooks mosaic photography competition (2010) and the Wildlife Photographer of the year competition (2013), as well as winning the Footprint Travel Photography Competition (2009).

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