Mark Johnston has been a professional photographer for over 25 years.

Covering such diverse subjects as nature, sports and military photography, he has exhibited his work on numerous occasions and has contributed words and pictures to a variety of magazine articles and features.

He currently lives in Wellington, Somerset, just a few miles from Taunton Racecourse where he is the official photographer at around 20 national hunt meetings every year. His racing credentials also extend to Cheltenham and Aintree where he has photographed some of the most famous racehorses and jockeys of all time.

His love of sports photography has evolved into a commercial partnership, and the recently launched Sportography LLP has made a promising start in business, with Mark's experience and Steve Olive's technical abilities establishing a strong footing.

Despite his obvious skill in many branches of photography, Mark has found that his pictures of plants and gardens have regularly won him much praise. You can view a few examples of that work in the nature gallery.

Shown below are a few examples of Mark's magazine features.

The Wharf Gallery - Tavistock

Exhibition by Mark Johnston

"An exhibition at The Wharf Gallery by Richard Johnston featured work from the world of horse racing and eventing, plus other examples of wildlife photography. Mark has a reportage style of photography and has been accredited at Gatcombe Park and Badmington as well as various racecourses.

Mark is also a keen photographer of gardens, with both pictures and articles featuring in various magazines and other publications"

Taunton Library - Somerset

Mark's First Exhibition - Extract from Limited Edition Magazine

"Freelance photograper Mark Johnston held his first exhibition at Taunton Library for ten days last month. Mark, of Wellington is self-taught and started taking photographs as therapy following a riding accident.

As well as specialising in equine photography, Mark is also very keen on photographing gardesn, quoting Hadspen and Forde Abbey amongst his favourites.

He likes all outdoor and informal photography and would like to add wildlife and rock concert pictures to his portfolio."

"Bred for Riding" - Somerset Life Magazine

A profile of Philip Hobbs, by Mark Johnston - Published in 2001

An interesting article by Mark, which featured in a 2001 edition of Somerset Life Magazine.

"Bred for Riding" profiles Somerset trainer Philip Hobbs, discussing his career training facilities and racing success.

The article is available to view as a PDF file, by clicking on the image.

"Rising to the Occasion" - Limited Edition Magazine

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Mark captured the the action at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. This yearly event takes place at at Ashton Court, with upwards of 100,000 people attending the event.

The spectacle is completed with the famous 'night glow' when hundreds of balloons ascend into the sky over Bristol.

The images shown here represent are from a vast archive of Mark's work and they also represent the diverse range of sports that we're keen to be involved with.