Jim's thirty year career as a photographer has seen his work appear in many national newspapers, regional dailies and magazines. His pictures have been said to reflect contemporary life with an engaging and sometimes light-hearted twist. With an emphasis on features his style has attained several awards including two Guild of Picture Editor awards for Arts and Entertainment Photographer of the Year and the Fuji News Photographer of the Year. He was awarded the Newsquest Photographer of the Year prize in 2000, and other industry achievements include nominations for the BT Regional Photographer of the Year and the UK Press Gazette awards. In 2011 he was a finalist in features category and selected for the final edit of the PPY awards. In the mid 1980s Jim served his apprenticeship with the Kent & Sussex Courier, where he gained his National Council for the Training of Journalists qualification at Sheffield before accepting a post at the Brighton Argus in 1989.
Since 2008 he has been working as a freelance photographer using his experience and expertise to provide pictures for PR, commercial and editorial commissions.

Clients include:

The Automobile, Archant Life, Sussex Life Magazine, Asda, Carphone Warehouse, Bupa, DHL, English Heritage, Newsquest, Johnstons, Northcliffe, Artists & Illustrators Magazine, H&K, Brighton & Hove City Council, Brando, Morrisons, Tesco, Fairy, Robinsons, O2, RBG Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens Wakehurst, LSC, Legal & General, Mattel, Motors magazine, NHS, National Newspapers, Telegraph Weekend, Town & Country, Univeristy of Brighton, Winston's Wish, Cancer Research, Alamy, REX Features

Member of the BPPA and NUJ


"We have worked with Jim for many years and are always impressed with his professionalism, attention to detail, and - above all - his creativity. Jim has a 'can do' personality ... nothing is too much trouble. He is great with our clients and always manages to get the perfect shot for each occasion".

Tim Cobb, managing director, Cobb PR

"Jim has worked for us on 3 separate occasions now, including a client event and corporate shots required for web. Jim's flair and fantastic attention to detail, always with original brief in mind, results in photographs perfect for intended purpose.”

Lara Monahan, Vector Resourcing

From a blog post: "The awesome photography is by Jim Holden, a complete genius always a privilege to work with. You can't go wrong when you start a project with his work. I just ruin his brilliant photography with words!"

Keith Pettit, Creation Signs

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