Manfrotto Announces Seven New Ambassadors

October 17, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers , Events | Comment |

The Manfrotto School of Xcellence  has announcedthat seven new Manfrotto Ambassadors have joined Manfrotto’s dedicated educational platform. The new Ambassador line-up includes Adam Duckworth, Adam Plowden, Eddie MacDonald, James Cannon, John McMurtrie, Karen Thomas and Bjorn Thomassen. The School of Xcellence will also be hosting well-known landscape photographer Ross Hoddinott at an upcoming webinar on 24th October at the website below.

Website: Manfrotto

Manfrotto Press Release


LONDON, 17th October 2013 – The Manfrotto School of Xcellence is pleased to announce that seven new Manfrotto Ambassadors have joined Manfrotto’s dedicated educational platform, specialising in a range of genres, including food, videography, music, sport and commercial photography.

The School of Xcellence will also be hosting well-known landscape photographer Ross Hoddinott at upcoming webinar on 24th October at:

Adam Duckworth’s work varies from portrait to commercial work but he is known best for his magazine editorial photography. He is a winner of the SWPP Commercial Photographer of the Year and has also won a national Canon-sponsored photographic award, exhibiting his winning entry in the V&A Museum in London. To read more about Adam Duckworth, visit the Manfrotto UK website.

Adam Plowden is a videographer and motion graphics artist from Surrey. He studied Television and Video Technology BSc, after realising his creative passion for media. Adam takes his camera wherever he goes. He believes that ‘a great photo or video can happen anywhere at any time - you just have to add your creative touch to bring out your interpretation of the image’. To read more about Adam Plowden, visit the Manfrotto UK website.

After 15 successful years in the music industry, Eddie MacDonald’s growing love and fascination with imagery inspired him to enrol in Nescott Art College and retrain as a photographer. During that time, he assisted many talented photographers. He considered himself fortunate to be at the birth of the digital photography era and was an early adapter. To read more about Eddie MacDonald, visit the Manfrotto UK website
James Cannon is a North London based photographer with a passion for photographing people, sport, commercial and reportage
assignments. He works with sport brands, agencies and creative houses on various creative editorial and commercial briefs. His style ranges from documentary to styled portraits on location or in the studio. To read more about James Cannon, visit the Manfrotto UK website.

John McMurtrie is a leading music photographer and official photographer for Iron Maiden. After graduating from art school, he worked for Nikon UK before becoming a full time music photographer in 1999. His clients include most major record labels, including Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Rolling Stone, Q and many other publications. To read more about John McMurtie, visit the Manfrotto UK website.

Karen Thomas is a food and still life photographer and studied photography at Nottingham Trent University. In 1995 she moved to London and spent around four years assisting photographers before breaking out on her own. Karen has been shooting for fourteen years, from editorial to advertising; she has worked with some of the biggest names in the food industry. To read more about Karen Thomas, visit the Manfrotto UK website.

Bjorn Thomassen is an accomplished photographer, leading trainer and photographic judge. He has won a multitude of prestigious awards and holds a Fellowship in Illustrative Photography as well as a QEP through the Federation of European Professional Photographers.Bjorn’s work has been showcased quite extensively in numerous publications, journals and books. To read more about Bjorn Thomassen, visit the Manfrotto UK website.

Don’t forget about the next School of Xcellence webinar coming up on October 24th, with landscape photographer Ross Hoddinott:

“Coastal landscapes – Light and Motion”
Thursday, 24th October
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM BST (British Summer Time)

Ross Hoddinott will present his work as a professional coastal landscape photographer in a webinar taking place on 24th October.

He will explore how motion and light play an important role in the success of seascapes, including exposure and filtration.

Webinar attendees will benefit from Ross’ years of experience as a professional photographer and will learn how to maximize image sharpness with striking results.

The webinar is free and open to all. For more details and to register, please visit:

For more information about the Manfrotto School of Xcellence visit the recently redesigned website at

If you miss any of the live webinars you can go to the MSoX Webinar Archive to view the recorded version.

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