Enjoy the Mournes with my Photography

You would think that those running a business would know better, and you would think that such a business trying to make the most of our wonderful scenery would think twice before taking someone else’s image and using it for commercial purposes, but a local business has taken this image of the Mourne Mountains and used it on their own web site, Twitter and Facebook. The business, Enjoy the Mournes, knows how to contact me, and yet still chose to take the image and use it without permission or attribution. I’ll leave it up to you what to think of such a practice.

Mourne Mountain Viewpoint
Mourne Mountain Viewpoint
General Photography

Copyright Peter Holloway

This is an old image, it’s been around since 2007, but it’s still got a look about it that I like. I took it with an Olympus E-400 stuck through the gates of the locked pier as the sun set. I put a graduated tobacco filter on the lens, and the image seems to have struck a chord with many people, because they all seem to think that it’s fine to just copy the image for their own commercial use!

I’m not a full time commercial photographer, but I do license images for commerical use and I did license this image some years ago to one organisation. That original license has long since expired, but the use of my image hasn’t. It’s incredibly hard to make money from landscape imagery; it’s even harder when images are taken and used without permission or payment.

I do understand that occasionally someone will see an image and like it enough to link to it, but to copy it, upload it to their own servers and then use those images for commercial purposes is wrong both morally and legally. I know this happens a lot, but that doesn’t make it right.

Anyway, the purpose of posting my image here is to reassert my copyright. This image of Southport Pier at sunset belongs to me, Peter Holloway, if you do like it please have the courtesy to contact me about useage, don’t just steal it…

If you like the images I take and wish to use them on your web site or in print, please do take a look at and a more extensive portfolio on Flickr.

Here’s another shot that belongs to me but has been used extensively without license…