With 2017 being proclaimed ‘The Year of Legends’ in Wales, there’s an abundance of inspiring Welsh Instagrammers already sharing the mystery and magic of this country. Below are some of my favourite accounts to follow, and many of the folk behind them have offered some insight about their passion and why you should follow them right now…
MARI OWEN (@MARI_OWEN)
Location: Dinas Dinlle Llyn Peninsula
Mari: “Wales and landscape photography are both huge passions of mine, and over many years I’ve combined the two to produce the images you see on my Instagram page.”
GRANT HYATT (@PHOTOS_BY_GRANT)
Location: The Brecon Beacons
Grant: “I’m lucky enough to live a stones throw away from the Brecon Beacons and take advantage of this often, walking and wild camping my way around this beautiful National Park. 2017 is my year of adventure and can’t wait to share my stories and pictures as I go.”
Laura: “We love to share our family adventures far and wide from City Adventures to local Welsh day trips, as well as our love of good local food, fashion and the outdoors.”
NEIL THOMAS (@NEILTHOMAS)
Location: Llyn Padarn, Llanberis
Neil: “On my Instagram page I like to share the stunning landscape that surrounds me in Snowdonia, North Wales. All I have to do is have my camera handy to catch it.”
PAUL TEMPLING (@TEMPLOPOLIS)
Location: Sgwd Ddwli Uchaf, Waterfall Country
Paul: “[On Instagram] I kind of fell into a group of people who liked to shoot long exposure landscapes and I was totally fascinated by what they were doing. It’s still this kind of photography that I find endlessly exciting to this day, and finding places where I can capture it has given me an appetite for adventure and taken me to so many new and amazing places.”
I LOVES THE ‘DIFF (@ILOVESTHEDIFF)
Locations: The ‘Diff
Christian: “The I Loves The ‘Diff feed reflects a passion for Cardiff and the stuff happening here, and also for photography. It features travel in Wales and beyond, and our products and what we get up to, such as being chased across SSE SWALEC cricket stadium by a mower-wielding groundsman. It’s a blend or a balance of several elements really.”
SARAH DEBNAM (@HILLSDAFFODILS)
Location: Newport, South Wales
Sarah: “I’ve decided that in 2017 I’m really going to focus more on my photography as it is my main passion, so to keep me on track I’ve taken on the 365 challenge to post a picture every day this year on Instagram! Wish me luck. Here is day three, a chance photo and not bad for ‘just’ an iPhone picture!”
REAL WALES TOURS (@REALWALESTOURS)
Locations: Pembrokeshire (left) and Snowdonia (right)
Nia: “Real Wales Tours posts regular snapshots of Wales’s most beautiful places, along with stories from the road to inspire wanderlust. We also have a guest feature for Wales travel photos – anyone can get involved [using the #RealWales hashtag]”.
THE WALES COLLECTIVE (@THEWALESCOLLECTIVE)
Location: Pistyll Rhaeadr Water Falls
Elliot: “The Wales Collective was created to showcase how incredible the Welsh landscape can be and the abundance of talented photographers capturing it. We want to collate the best locations on offer here in Wales, with our page being the ‘go to’ to plan your next adventure!”
INSTAGRAMMERS CARDIFF (@IGERSCARDIFF)
Location: Millennium Bridge, Cardiff
Chris: “IgersCardiff are a group of individuals who share a love of mobile photography. The group is not a ‘camera club’ but more a social collective who share tips and tricks on everything mobile photography has to offer. We try to arrange fairly regular photowalks and socials to grow interest in the group.”
I’d also recommend checking out these Wales-based bloggers who have an eye for great photo opportunities; Lisa (@LovelyAppetite), Hannah (@MissNicklinBlog) and Angharad (@WelshAndWonderful).
… and of course if you’d like to follow more of my adventures in Wales, you can find me at @EXPLOREWITHED!
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