About Rod Sibbald

Rod Sibbald began his photographic career as an apprentice photographer working in portraiture, weddings, studio and news agency work. Once qualified he moved into newspaper photography with a staff position on the Alnwick Advertiser and Morpeth Herald in the North East of England. From there he progressed to daily newspapers, firstly as a staff photographer with the Halifax Courier and then to the pioneering Bradford Telegraph & Argus which, in the 1980's, was setting new standards for colour photography in the UK newspaper market.

After winning several awards Rod's newspaper photography career took him to the Edinburgh Evening News where he spent three years as Chief Photographer before becoming the newspaper's first Picture Editor. This was a role he was to thrive in, guiding young photographers as well as motivating older members of staff. The newspaper and the photographers won several awards under Rod's direction and it soon followed that he was offered the post of Picture Editor of The Scotsman. After a very rewarding time with The Scotsman (during which time the newspaper was voted "Newspaper of the Year" by the prestigious UK Guild of Picture Editors for its style and use of photography) Rod eventually made the move to London as Picture Editor of The Independent, a national newspaper respected worldwide for its use of photography. Following this, Rod set up as an Editorial Photographic Consultant advising over 27 different newspapers throughout the UK and Ireland including The Irish Times, Manchester Evening News,The Journal and Evening Chronicle in Newcastle, The Irish Independent, Belfast Telegraph and Scotland on Sunday to name but a few. He also set up and ran training courses for newspaper photographers and Picture Editors.

During his period as a Consultant Rod was appointed as launch Picture Editor for the Sunday Herald in Glasgow. The newspaper set exceptional standards in newspaper photography and design from its first edition onwards and went on to win many National and International awards.

In later years Rod took a staff position as Group Picture Editor for The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times based in Glasgow. In this role he directed the quality and standards of photography for the three award winning titles as well as ensuring that the photographic teams were efficient and effective.

Rod is now retired from newspapers and now shoots local landscapes as a hobby. His landscape images of the Scottish Borders have proved hugely popular with locals and visitors alike.