Simon is an award-winning professional editorial photographer living in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. He works in a range of editorial genres including events, heritage, portrait and commercial photography for books, magazines, newspapers and exhibitions. He is a KODAK Professional Photographer of the Year, BIPP Professional Photographer of the Year, the winner of several categories in the National Photography Awards and the first British winner of the International Art Portrait Award. In January 2021, he was elected President of the Royal Photographic Society.
His publication credits include National Geographic Magazine, The Observer Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine, almost all UK national newspapers and numerous books from publishers that include Dorling Kindersley, Oxford University Press, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Heineman. Simon's work has been used by national broadcasters in the UK and Europe, and on many online media channels.
A graduate of Blackpool College of Art (HND), the University for the Creative Arts (BA) and Central Saint Martin’s School of Art (MA), Simon is a Member of the Association of Photographers, a Member of the British Press Photographers' Association, an Invited Fellow of the Master Photographers Association and of the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Simon gained his Fellowship (FRPS) of the Royal Photographic Society in 1991 and, on becoming President and Chair of Trustees in January 2021, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS). In 2022 Simon was re-elected to serve as RPS President to September 2025.