Local photographers showcase

We are extremely fortunate to have some outstanding photographers in White Cliffs Country capturing the beauty of the area whose work appears throughout this website. Find out more about the people behind the lens...

Ben Payne

Originally from Leicestershire, a few years ago Ben decided to up roots and follow his dream of moving to the coast. He found himself settling in Dover with his partner and two children, working at sea on pilot boats and as a skipper for Dover Sea Safari running tours along the White Cliffs. 

Ben has always had a keen interest in photography and decided to take it up as a hobby a few years ago when he bought his first drone. He soon found his niche in coastal photos from the air, but also now uses a digital camera for many of his coastal seascapes. He says photography is a great way to enjoy exploring and capturing our beautiful coastline and nature in all its glory, especially at sunrise or sunset. You can see more of Ben's work by following his adventures on Instagram @coastwithben. 

An aerial shot of the White Cliffs, St Margaret's Bay, sea and countryside at sunset.
The White Cliffs and St Margaret's Bay © @coastwithben

Colin Menniss

Colin is a passionate landscape photographer hailing from the serene Kent countryside with a heart that beats to the rhythm of nature's beauty. He loves capturing the raw majesty of seascapes, sunrises and the mesmerizing night sky through astrophotography, seeking to freeze fleeting moments in time. Colin's lens transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, inviting viewers to see the world through his artistic vision. 

He returned to landscape photography during the pandemic, setting himself the challenge to rediscover the Garden of England through the lens of his camera and quickly became fixated with seascapes and astrophotography. He says there is nothing more therapeutic than watching a sunrise over the sea or gazing at the majesty of the milky way. Landscape photography is seasonal, so whether chasing bioluminescence in spring, the milky way in summer or frost in the colder months, he always has a goal. Challenging himself is at the heart of his photography.

You can see more of Colin's photography on his Instagram feed @colinmenniss and buy his work via his online shop

Wooden signpost at Samphire Hoe nature reserve with starry sky overhead
'Which way to the stars?' Samphire Hoe and title image of Deal Pier © Colin Menniss

John Doughty

John is originally from Sandhurst in Kent but moved to Deal with his wife in 2019. His day job is as a shift leader at Tesco in Deal on Mill Hill but he has always enjoyed taking photographs. He soon realised he had a passion for photography and since moving to Deal and seeing such beautiful surroundings and the different views of nature and weather it has inspired him to devote more time to his photography. He prefers to capture landscape around Deal and the surrounding areas as they provide beautiful scenery throughout every season. John says that Deal has a strong friendly community which he enjoys being part of.

You can see more of John's work on Facebook, Instagram and Threads @johndoughtyphotography and @johndoughtypic on X.

A field of golden crops with a windmill in the distance and a moody sky.
Ripple Windmill and countryside near Deal © John Doughty

Omri Moxey

What started out as a hobby has become a passion for Omri, the person behind Moxey's Photography. It all began when he was given his grandad's Nikon F mechanical camera and began taking photos. This sparked an interest in photography and he went on to buy his first DSLR camera, the Nikon D5600. Omri started taking simple photos in black and white and experimenting with different angles. His photography continued to grow and expanded to include all aspects of photography, whether that be colour, black and white, street, wildlife and sunsets.

See more of his work on Facebook, Instragram and Threads @moxeys_photography

Two paddleboarders' silhouettes on the sea with setting sun in the background.
Two paddleboarders at sunset © Moxey's Photography

Chris Mansfield

Chris moved to Deal from Bexleyheath four years ago after a career as a photographer and freelance snapper for Greenwich Council and a couple of local newspapers. After being welcomed by Deal, he decided he would like to occupy his retirement by doing his bit for the community and offering to photograph local charity or community events free of charge. His website shows photos from dozens of events over the past few years and he hopes that one day his pictures will go to the local history museum for the enjoyment of future generations. Chris generously offers his pictures freely to anyone who wants to use them. 

See more of Chris's work on his website and Facebook page @chrismansfieldphotos. 

Silhouette of Deal Memorial Bandstand, boats and beach huts against a sunrise sky.
Deal Memorial Bandstand at dawn © Chris Mansfield

Steven Collis

Originally from Harwich in Essex, Steve moved to Ramsgate three years ago with his family. An amateur photographer interested in all types of photography, but particularly landscape, seascape, military and aviation, he is at his happiest behind a camera. His photos have been shown several times as ITV Meridian Weather's backdrop.

You can see more of his photography on Facebook @Allfields Photography and Instagram @im_tintin_uk. 

Deal Pier from below, looking along its legs out to sea.
Deal Pier © Steven Collis

Kerri Collins

Kerri is a commercial, wedding and portrait photographer based near Sandwich. She offers a relaxed, light-hearted photographic style, capturing the real unscripted moments. She also enjoys landscape photography in her spare time, particularly beautiful beach scenes, whilst chasing gorgeous sunset skies.

Kerri has a creative background, and has always enjoyed taking photos since she was young. Her career history ranges from graphic design to nursing. However, her true passion has always been photography. She now runs her own business and loves the versatility and freedom it provides.

You can see more of Kerri’s work on her Instagram feed @kc_photography_and_design or on her website at www.kcphotographyanddesign.co.uk.

A purple and pink sky with cliff face, beach and sea and a flock of birds in the sky.
St Margaret's Bay © Kerri Collins

If you are a local photographer whose work we have used and would like to be featured here, please email samantha.stanley@dover.gov.uk.