Penguin Awareness weekend at Twycross Zoo

January 30th, 2018 | No Comments

Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire, England, UK. 19 January 2018. Group of humboldt penguins in their enclosure. Humboldt penguins are native to coastal Chile and Peru and are classified as a vulnerable species in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature

 

Earlier this month,the ‘Live News’ division of stock photography agency Alamy arranged for our photographer to visit Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, England to capture some imagery of their collection of Humboldt penguins ahead of Penguin Awareness day on 20 January. Twycross Zoo were marking the occasion with a weekend wide range of activities for visitors to raise awareness of penguin and marine wildlife conservation. Penguins are classed as vulnerable species and populations are thought to be endangered.

Our images were filed after capture on the same day and were featured on the Alamy Live News feed for 48 hours before moving along to the main stock library of the agency. World Penguin Day is celebrated on 25 April 2018, if you are planning to write or design an editorial article, blog or feature on this day or the plight of penguins browse our collection of penguin images by clicking the image below or by getting in touch with us at info@reelmonkeyproductions.com.

 

Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire, England, UK. 19 January 2018. Close up of humboldt penguin in enclosure at zoo

Reunited for charity concert

December 2nd, 2015 | No Comments

Reel Monkey captured images from a unique evening concert earlier this year organised by music teacher, Anne Flower, of Leicestershire. To raise money for the development of local charity, The Well, of Kibworth, Leicestershire, Anne arranged for some of her talented students and friends past and present to perform at a diverse concert in aid of the charity. Some of the musicians travelled from across the UK and overseas to take part in this special occasion.

 

Anne Flower - Music Teacher and organiser of concert in aid of 'The Well' charity, Kibworth, Leicestershire

Anne Flower – Music Teacher and organiser of concert in aid of ‘The Well’ charity, Kibworth, Leicestershire

 

The concert took place at St.Wilfrid’s Church in Kibworth in front of a packed audience. Musical renditions ranged from the classical (Indian and Western) to pop and rock. Over £1000 was raised for ‘The Well’, a charity which serves the local community with a cafe, shop and meeting point for those in need. Below are some images of the entertaining concert:

 

Flute Quartert - Charity Concert in aid of 'The Well', Kibworth, Leicestershire

Flute Quartert – Charity Concert in aid of ‘The Well’, Kibworth, Leicestershire

 

Young guitarist on stage

Young guitarist on stage

 

Indian Classical Music - Tabla solo from maestro, Rohit Mistry

Indian Classical Music – Tabla solo from maestro, Rohit Mistry

 

Virtuoso violin performance

Virtuoso violin performance

 

If you have an upcoming event (concert, theatrical performance, trade show, conference, corporate function etc) you would like capturing or documenting either through photography or video, get in touch and let’s discuss how we can help you achieve your visual media objectives.

 

Colourful Porto – city highlights

June 24th, 2015 | No Comments

One of Europe’s liveliest annual street parties, Festa da São João do Porto (Festival of São Jão), took place yesterday and ended today in Porto, Portugal, with it’s traditional attractions of outdoor music, dancing, festive food and drink delights and fireworks by the river entertaining the thousands of visitors who attended.

 

Entertainment on the embankment of the river Douro - Porto, Portugal

Entertainment on the embankment of the river Douro – Porto, Portugal

 

Porto was not listed on our earlier post this year outlining some of the destinations to travels to in 2015, but having recently returned from there, it should have been! The city has plenty to offer a discerning traveller with it’s historical sights, colourful buildings, cultural activities and gastronomic experience.

The focal point of Porto is the  Dom Luis I bridge and the banks of the river Douro which provide a hive of activity and entertainment. The top tier of the 19th century steel arched bridge provides a scenic overview of the historical part of Porto and the river Douro as it heads both inland and out to the Atlantic Ocean.

 

View of the historic old town of Porto from the Dom Luis I bridge - Porto, Portugal. The historic old town of Porto has been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

View of the historic old town of Porto from the Dom Luis I bridge – Porto, Portugal. The historic old town of Porto has been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

 

Porto is probably most famous for its production of port wine and visitors have ample opportunities to sample and taste the various tipples on offer at bars, restaurants and directly via the producers who run tours of their cellars in the district of Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank of the river Douro opposite the main city of Porto. Some of the producers also run cruises in traditional wooden boats to the Douro Valley along the river to see where the port wine comes from.

 

Old style wooden boats (Rabelos) moored on the river Douro by Cais de Gaia overlooking the the historic part of Porto, Ribeira and the Ponte Luis I, Portugal. Rabelos are typical vessels of the Douro River which once traditionally carried barrels of Port wine from where the vineyards are located to Vila Nova de Gaia - Porto, where the wine was stored and then distributed.

Old style wooden boats (Rabelos) moored on the river Douro by Cais de Gaia overlooking the the historic part of Porto, Ribeira and the Ponte Luis I, Portugal. Rabelos are typical vessels of the Douro River which once traditionally carried barrels of Port wine from where the vineyards are located to Vila Nova de Gaia – Porto, where the wine was stored and then distributed.

 

Other principal sites of interest in Porto include the old and the new, the new modern design building of Casa de Música where concerts and cultural events take place and the Bolhão market, a traditional and old looking market which sells local produce from dried cod fish to meats, sweets and of course wine.

 

Side view exterior of the Casa de Música building - Porto, Portugal. The Casa de Música is a uniquely designed and engineered concert hall and cultural venue in Porto. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and was opened by the Portuguese President on 15 April 2005.

Side view exterior of the Casa de Música building – Porto, Portugal. The Casa de Música is a uniquely designed and engineered concert hall and cultural venue in Porto. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and was opened by the Portuguese President on 15 April 2005.

 

Colourful exterior of delicatessen, A Pérola do Bolhão - Porto, Portugal. The local grocery store is situated on Rua Formosa in downtown Porto in the district of Bolhão by the market. It stocks local Portuguese produce including wine, cheese, meats, sweets and dried cod (hanging by the door in the image).

Colourful exterior of delicatessen, A Pérola do Bolhão – Porto, Portugal. The local grocery store is situated on Rua Formosa in downtown Porto in the district of Bolhão by the market. It stocks local Portuguese produce including wine, cheese, meats, sweets and dried cod (hanging by the door in the image).

 

To see more sights and attractions of Porto, visit our stock image library and browse the ‘Europe’ collection or type ‘Porto’ in the search field. Images located there can also be downloaded, purchased and licensed for use with prints also available for non-editorial only images.

Below is a brief timelapse video, captured with the Olympus OM-D EM-1 camera, which illustrates life by the Dom Luis I bridge and the banks of the river Douro in Porto. To see the video in HD, click on ‘HD’ on the video player interface and it will take you to vimeo.com.