IN PICTURES: The big switch-on at St Helena’s airport

They travelled across St Helena, in poor weather, to witness the first switching-on of the many runway lights at the island’s first airport: another landmark in the progress towards its scheduled completion in February 2016. BRUCE SALT was there and has kindly sent the pictures below. He writes:  “The event was announced on Saint FM and the […]

Don’t get too puffed up, Marcus, but… you’ve been framed

With the mask and goggles that protect him from the daily risk of an explosion – to say nothing of his vast balloon – Marcus Henry looks like a desert wanderer who’s been blown badly off course. But now it’s his ego that’s in danger of being over-inflated. His picture has earned a temporary place […]

Pictures bring back the holiday fun

The summer holidays have come to an end for UK school children but one last gallery of images should bring back happy memories of the 2014 Reading Sports. Click here to flick through 68 pictures – cheerful and cheeky – of the children’s medal presentations. SEE ALSO: Gallery 1: Fancy Dress Gallery 2: Seen at […]

Don’t stay too long at St Helena’s craziest attraction…

In seven years of non-stop travelling to more than 140 countries, Gary Arndt has photographed some extraordinary sights: the rainbows over the Victoria Falls, a diving penguin in Antarctica, even human skulls in the killing fields of Cambodia. But on St Helena, what caught his eye was the parking sign in Jamestown. Click here to […]

Commonwealth Games baton reaches St Helena

By St Helena Government writer The Queen’s Baton has arrived at St Helena island, the 40th stop in its relay around the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The baton stops at the island for two days en-route from Cape Town to Ascension Island, accompanied by sports officials, a BBC team and a photojournalist. […]

Swimming with whale sharks – an island tradition

Swimming with whale sharks is nothing new on St Helena. Fishermen used to have to fend them off, to avoid taking an unplanned dip alongside them, according to video-maker Julian Beard. He used a high-tech Go Pro camera to record an encounter with five of the giant creatures off Jamestown – though only two feature […]

Raymond and Cynthia achieve a uniform kind of fame

Nearly a million people read The Observer newspaper. And in the final issue of 2013, they have been treated to a picture of Cynthia George and Raymond Hudson, posing in their scouting uniforms on Jamestown seafront. The photographer, Jon Tonks, has a thing about uniforms. The Observer says they illustrate the strangely British, but not-quite-British […]

2013: look back on a momentous year – on camera

There was drought and there was a controversial election – and plenty of big celebrations, as only St Helena knows how to throw them. And Ascension and Tristan da Cunha produced a few good stories in 2013. Click on the image above to look back on a great year, in pictures. And read our review […]

Santa’s coming (or going) on a Royal Mail Ship

A sunburned Santa lounges by the pool, and there’s a snowman watching over the sun deck. Yes, it’s Christmas – even in mid-ocean. The decorations on board the RMS St Helena were photographed by Barry Hubbard, who was returning to the island with his family on the run down from Ascension. And Bruce Salt snapped […]