A YEAR of planning, an 18-hour journey, and a 4am wake-up call - with just 30 minutes to capture the incredible light of the Namibian desert.

Photographer Mike Cullis' dedication to 'capturing the moment' is clear to see, as he brings his latest exhibition to Pembroke Dock library this week.

A collection of photographs taken around the world, Through The Lens will take visitors on a journey from the dunes of Namibia to the icy waters of the Arctic.

Originally from Cheshire, Mike moved to Pembrokeshire in 1981, and is an active member of the Tenby Camera Club.

As well as from photographing wildlife in the UK, Mike has travelled to America, Africa and the Arctic to pursue his passion.

This latest exhibition will feature a selection from his impressive collection of more than 50,000 images.

"Good images aren't just about pretty pictures, but about communicating a mood or emotion to the viewer, and the photographer's take on a particular aspect of life through his eyes," said Mike, who has had his work published in several magazines, and has made the final selection in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of The Year.

"It's been a wonderful journey," he added.

"However, for me, the greatest achievement is my library of images which gives me immense pleasure.

"Each one allows me to remember the moment and to relive the experiences of witnessing wildlife in its different forms.”

An associate member of the Royal photographic Society, Mike is also a Welsh Photographic Federation judge and presents his work to camera clubs across across Wales.

He was also recently named a finalist in Wonderlust International magazin's Travel Photograph Of The Year Competition for his wildlife photography.

Through The Lens opens at Pembroke Dock Library on Thursday, December 3, and runs until Saturday, December 19. Entry is free.