About Action Photography

The face behind the lens

John Shiels has been taking photos as long as he can remember but marks his official entry into photography when he received this first camera, an AfgaMatic, for this sixth birthday.

From those humble beginnings to the digital revolution John has carried a camera and documented his life and those around him for over thirty five years. This has led to him dangling from abseil ropes, to dodging hill runners and mountain bikers in the Irish mountains, to sitting on surf boards in midwinter in the freezing Atlantic ocean.

The face behind the second lens – Mags-R

Mags has been taking photos for an extraordinarily short time and marked her official entry into photography when she was handed a Canon …….. camera by John Shiels in a car park in Glendalough.

From this “in at the Deep End”, Mags has taken to carrying a camera and documenting her life and dietary delights. She has discovered the joys of walking really slowly up mountains, (OK, hills), and sitting on the ground really bored waiting for a runner to come by. Mags has a special aptitude for cycling photography.

John Shiels
CEO of Action Photography
Mags-R ready for WAR

Irish Professional Photographer's Association

John holds the Licentiateship of the Irish Professional Photographer's Association.


John's work has been published in numerous publications in Ireland and abroad including:

  • The Irish Times
  • The Evening Herald
  • Irish Runner
  • Trail runner (USA)
  • Fins watersports magazine
  • Outsider Magazine
  • Karting world and
  • Amateur photographer

John's work has for many years been synonymous with Irish mountain running and an extensive selection can be found on the Irish Mountain Running Association's website.

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