Freelance profile

Stuart Forster

Journalist of the Year (Holland Press Awards, 2015) for work on the Netherlands & Dutch culture. Features writer, professional photographer & blogger. Shortlisted for the Independent Blogger of the Year award (Comment Awards, 2015); Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year (Travel Media Awards, 2015); Travel Blogger of the Year (AITO Awards, 2015) plus Travel Trade Feature of the Year (Travel Media Awards, 2015) Speaks fluent German. Shortlisted for the German Travel Writer of the Year Award, 2010. Based in north-east England & willing to travel to undertake assignments. was named as one of the UK's top 50 food blogs in 2015.

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Contact details:

Street: 6 Raby Drive
Town: Sunderland
Postcode: SR3 3QE
Region/nation: Northern and North-East
Country: United Kingdom
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Telephone: 0191 6450885
Mobile: 07947 587136


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ReporterRates: Reporter
ProofreaderRates: Sub-editing
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  • Travel/tourism
  • Food and drink
  • Arts/entertainment
  • Lifestyle
  • Business and commerce
  • Leisure and hobbies
  • History
  • Football

Major clients:

  • Rex Features
  • Times of India Group
  • Rough Guides
  • National Geographic Traveller
  • Independent on Sunday

Profile last updated: 2016-01-02 10:41:35

Extra information:

Stuart Forster is a features writer, journalist and photographer. He was named Journalist of the Year at the Holland Press Awards 2015 for his body of work on the Netherlands and Dutch culture. 

Stuart specialises in travel plus food and drink related work, running the blog and taking on commissions from newspapers and magazines within the UK and abroad.

Stuart is available for commissions and welcomes contact from commissioning editors. He can send you PDFs of work published in magazines and newspapers including National Geographic Traveller, Thomas Cook Travel Magazine, Selling Travel and the Independent on Sunday.

Stuart trained as a photographer and in 2009 one of his photos was selected for inclusion in the NUJ's Photography Matters exhibition which showcased some of the best photographs made by NUJ members around the world during 2007 and 2008. Hecontinues to shoot stock photography and contributes to a number of leading libraries.

From 2004 to 2009 he was based in Bangalore, India. He can offer expert insights into living abroad and aspects of Indian culture. He contributed to the guidebooks Kerala (2006, Stark World Publishing) and Bengaluru and Karnataka (2008, Stark World Publishing). He also contributed to Driving Holidays Across India (2009, Outlook Traveller Getaways) which was named the best travel publication in English in India's 2010 National Tourism Awards.

His photographs have been published in books such as:

  • Secret Journeys of a Lifetime (vol.2) (2011, National Geographic)
  • Indien - Eine Bildreise (2008, National Geographic)
  • China - Eine Bildreise (2008, National Geographic)
  • Handmade Houses and Other Buildings (2010, Thames and Hudson)
  • Frommers London 2010 (2010, Frommers)
  • The Wisden Cricketers' Almanac (2009, Wisden)

Stuart also has experience of living in Germany. He speaks fluent German and can undertake interviews and translate copy into English.

He is also a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and Travelwriters UK.

His work was included in The Irresponsible Traveller book, published in 2014 by Bradt and featuring contributions from authors including Michael Palin, Dervla Murphy and Ben Fogle.

His personal blog,, was named among the UK's top 50 food blogs in 2015 and was shortlisted for three major awards.


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Udon Monastery, Cambodia © Stuart Forster Udon Monastery, Cambodia
Buddhist monks eat lunch at Udon Monastery in Cambodia.
A Buddhist Monk at Angkor Wat in Cambodia © Stuart Forster A Buddhist Monk at Angkor Wat in Cambodia
A Buddhist monk praying at a shrine at Angkor Wat near Siem Reap, Cambodia. The monk wears saffron robes.
Lucy Mecklenburg © Stuart Forster Lucy Mecklenburg
Lucy Mecklenburg, a star of The Only Way Is Essex, launches her sportswear brand.