Jonathan’s travels are picture perfect

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MUCH-TRAVELLED sailor Jonathan Picknett has seen most parts of the world.

His role as a petty officer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary has taken him to Africa and to the southern Atlantic Ocean islands, including South Georgia.

SMILE: A young elephant seal on South Georgia

SMILE: A young elephant seal on South Georgia

In fact, he added he had “been pretty much everywhere apart from Australia”.

The 43-year-old from Hartlepool has spent the last 22 years serving on supply ships to the Royal Navy.

It has given him the perfect chance to enjoy some of his passions including photography, nature and fishing.

These photographs show him during a break from duties in South Georgia, not far from the Falkland Islands, where he captured the local wildlife including penguins and elephant seals. They also show scenes from the Persian Gulf.

He is also pictured on board a vessel as it passes through the Suez Canal.

Jonathan went to Clavering Primary School and Henry Smith Comprehensive School, and then attended Kirby College, in Middlesbrough, where he studied catering.

He told the Hartlepool Mail: “After that, I was a chef at Krimo’s restaurant before joining the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

“My rank is Petty Officer (LS) and I have been serving for the past 22 years all over the world.”

Jonathan is married to Karen, 43, and they have two children, Jessica, 10, and Ryan, seven.

As well as photography, nature and fishing, Jonathan lists his loves as “my dogs and following Hartlepool United”.