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The conference will be held from 13th - 15th November 2020 at the Rheged Centre in the edge of the Lake District, just above Ullswater.

Introduction to On Landscape Meeting of Minds Conference

I'll be completely honest with you - Meeting of Minds was started because I wanted to go to a conference with a diverse set of landscape photography practitioners and there wasn't one. The only way it was going to happen was if we started one ourselves and so that is what we set to do. The very first conference was a great success, both financially (we didn't make much of a loss) and also, much more importantly, in terms of the quality of the talks given. We wanted a range of speakers, classical landscape photographers, contemporary practitioners, alternative processes, artists working with parts of the land, etc. that would inform and inspire our audience. I think the conferences managed this as we had a lot of feedback from people who took inspiration from the talks and went away to work on their own projects with renewed enthusiasm.

The following two conferences kept up the high standards and you can see for yourself what the talks were like because we not only recorded them for posterity but we also live-streamed them over the weekend. You can watch the recordings of our 2018 and 2016 conferences over on our YouTube channel.

We also introduced a delegate photography exhibition. Every attendee submitted a digital image and with the help of Fotospeed, we displayed all of these in one of the gallery spaces at the Rheged. Not competition, no prizes, just a way of sharing and discussing each others images. At the end of the conference, each attendee could take away their image as well.

Two of our most important ideas were that there should only be one talk on at a time (no deciding which ones to go to and which to skip) and that there was sufficient time in between talks to socialise, pick up and enjoy a drink and to take a look at the photographs on display.

So please come and join us for our fourth On Landscape Meeting of Minds conference in the Lake District in November.



David Noton is an acclaimed landscape and travel photographer with over 33 years’ experience as a professional travelling to just about every corner of the Globe.

David is kept busy travelling and producing photography, features and videos for his popular f11 Photography Magazine while still touring the country with his Chasing the Light Road Show.

In addition, he an ambassador for Canon, Manfrotto, Adobe, Lee Filters and Paramo, regularly appearing at the Photography Show Photokina. He also produces work for commission for various high-profile clients including Royal Mail’s Landscape Garden and A-Z Landmarks stamps, Belmond’s Orient Express and Royal Scotsman.

Find out more about David Noton on his website.


David Ward is one of Britain's most notable landscape photographers. His eye for shape and form is without equal and produces work that is startling in its clarity and intensity.

David is a T-shirt winning landscape photographer, one time carpenter, full-time workshop leader and occasional author who does all his own decorating. David will be our conference host and will also be presenting one of the talks at the conference. Find out more about David on his website or read his articles he has written for On Landscape.


Trym Ivar Bergsmo is a Norwegian photographer based in Harstad, North Norway. He got his BA in photography at Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California in 1986. Trym has worked in the arctic for more than 30 years documenting the lives of the people of the north, their landscape and culture.

After having combined his personal work with commercial assignments, he has now devoted his time solely to his own photographic projects in the north, teaching workshops, taking on commissions and collaboration’s with other artists and institutions.

He says: “My heart is in the north. The people, the light, the power and the energy of the landscape; Nothing can compare to this!" He is very attached to the landscape and the light. The distinct change in season, the qualities of the light, how it develops and never remain the same. How the different seasons continuously drift through the islands and sounds of the Northern Norwegian coast. “It’s like an endless play”. Find out more about Trym on his website.


For 20 years Alister has travelled the world in pursuit of quiet and inspiring landscapes. Having lived in China, Tibet, Borneo, Canada and Australia he has returned to his native Scotland, far from the crowds, to work and write on the west coast with his partner Ann Kristin.

For Alister, it is our engagement with the landscape and the therapeutic benefits it can offer that is his primary focus. Landscape photography has the power to heal, relax and help us achieve mental and physical growth.

The rules, templates, guidelines and societal standards do nothing but stifle and restrict our innate creativity and expressive powers. With a focus on education, Alister strives to break down barriers to creativity and indeed our fulfilment in life. Find out more about Alister on his website and read the articles he's written.

Conference Tickets

Either by credit card online or please call 01855 811799 and we can take payment over the phone. Full price tickets are £260 and we are running an early bird offer of £15% discount (£40) up to 29th February. If you'd like to book the conference dinner as well, please book the combined ticket.

Early Bird Conference Weekend Ticket ~ £220

Conference Dinner Ticket ~ £27

Combined Early Bird Conference Weekend and Dinner Ticket ~ £247


The Rheged Centre is close to the geographical centre of the UK and is easy to get to. It is just a couple of minutes drive from the M6 (J40) at Penrith in the Lake District, along the A66.

Friday 13th November Drinks Reception

We will be holding a drinks reception on Friday 13th November for all delegates. This will be held at The Rheged and will open at 6.30pm.

Food and Drink

Your ticket will include mid morning coffee/tea and cake, hot and cold buffet for lunch and afternoon coffee/tea and cake.

Conference Exhibition

We’ve been working behind the scenes on the On Landscape Conference and are delighted to announce the 3rd On Landscape Conference Exhibition in collaboration with Fotospeed. This year the exhibition is in a newly refurbished space at The Rheged centre.

The exhibition will run over the weekend of the conference and will include not only images from our speakers but also images from attendees! This year the gallery is in a new area of the venue.

Each attendee will have the opportunity to have a 16x12” (or 16” long edge) landscape photo, printed and mounted on foamex (or equivalent) and hung alongside our speakers prints in the exhibition room for the duration of the conference.

This 'community exhibition' is a chance to share your work with a like minded audience and chat about the work of your contemporaries and speakers whilst having a coffee. For more information about submitting your image please visit our exhibition page.

Lightning talks

A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only 10 minutes. These have proved popular with the audience and this year we will be running the lightning talks after lunch on Sunday in the main auditorium. We are fully booked for our lightning talks for this conference.


This year at the On Landscape Meeting of Minds Conference we are using the new gallery space at The Rheged for our exhibitors & coffee breaks. This is on the top floor of the building (there is a lift available for disabled access).

This will give us unprecedented space for our exhibitors and delegates to mingle during coffee and lunch breaks.

Conference Dinner

We have organised a three course sit down dinner for the Saturday evening for the conference delegates. This gives you an opportunity to network and discuss the day's talks further.  Places are limited on this due to the size of the venue, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Please note, the evening dinner ticket is separate to the conference ticket.


The George Hotel has offered a discounted rate which will be £140.00 for a Double/Twin room based on two people sharing (£70.00pp BB) per night and £110.00 for Single Occupancy BB per night. There is a great range of accommodation available around Penrith, please visit the Discover Penrith website for more details.

Conference Finish Time ~ 15th November

We are aiming for concluding the conference by 4.30pm on Sunday 15th November. You will be able to pick up your print from the exhibition at the coffee break mid afternoon. The schedule of speakers will be able later this year as we are just finalising the last speakers.

Still need convincing on whether to book?

Take a look at the recordings from our previous conferences

2018 Conference recordings

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2016 Conference recordings

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