Helena Smith
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Inspiring words and images, new ventures, project management


I am a freelance writer, photographer and project manager based in London. My topics are travel, east London and community.

Key skills are writing, photography, initiating projects, project management, editing and interviewing.

I am a winner of Vogue's annual writing contest, and the Independent on Sunday travel writing competition. I worked on the staff at Rough Guides for eight years, becoming a managing editor, and went freelance to focus on my own writing and photography.

Since then I've travelled the world for Rough Guides and Lonely Planet, worked for three consecutive years at the Edinburgh Film Festival becoming their senior photographer, produced and published the first guide to Hackney with a print run in the tens of thousands, initiated a successful community food blog, Eat Hackney, and created a fundraising cookbook based on the blog.

I work for design and editorial agencies on promotional travel and lifestyle campaigns, and am available for commissions.


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Selected publications


Inside Hackney eds 1 & 2, author, photographer + publisher

Rough Guide to Walks, author + photographer

Lonely Planet Pocket Brussels & Bruges, author

DK's Top 10 Guide to the Lake District, author

Lonely Planet Africa, coauthor

Lonely Planet Italy, coauthor

Lonely Planet Greece, coauthor

Rough Guide to Fiji, coauthor

Rough Guide to Scotland, coauthor

Rough Guide to Camping, coauthor