IN THE PICTURE
Top photographic Talent are celebrated as The winning images from This year’s National Geographic Travel photographer of The year award are announced…
he world is smaller place now more than ever; we can virtually explore the planet thanks to the abundance of visual media at our fingertips, and we can physically travel with greater ease than previous generations. shop frugally and you can be on a plane and in another country for the price of a train ticket. surely that’s a far better way to improve photography than buying another lens or accessory?
You don’t make great images sitting at home. Case in point – the winning images from this year’s National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year award showcase of the very best products of wanderlust. From violent volcanic eruptions in Mexico to underwater caverns, densely- populated settlements, and creatures and cultures in far- off countries, this year’s selection will have you reaching for your passport faster than you can say ‘ priority boarding’.
This year’s award was split into three categories: Nature, People and Cities with over 15,000 entries from 30 countries vying for the top spot. Mexico’s sergio Tapiro Velasco was awarded the Grand Prize for ‘ The Power of Nature’, showing the ‘ Volcano of Fire' outside Colima, Mexico. Velasco positioned himself 12km away, and witnessed the most ferocious lightning storm he’d ever seen, initially unsure if he’d had any success or not. “when i looked on the camera display, all i could do was stare,” said Velasco. “what i was watching was impossible to conceive, the image showed those amazing forces of nature interacting on a volcano, while the lightning brightened the whole scene. it’s an impossible photograph and my once in a lifetime shot that shows the power of nature.” Velasco also won the Nature category, and a ten- day trip to Galápagos archipelago, as well as a Usd$ 2,500 prize.
winners were announced from the People and Cities categories too, with Turkey's F. dilek Uyar claiming the Usd$ 2,500 People prize, and Norbert Fritz taking the Cities award. second and third from each category took home Usd$ 750 and Usd$ 500, respectively.
To view the winning and shortlisted entries and for further details on the annual award, visit: natgeo. com/ travelphotocontest.
2) honourable mention nature: In Your Face: by Shane Gross: “caribbean reef sharks are usually shy so i placed my camera on a rock where i knew they frequented and used a remote trigger to click away as they came by and bumped my camera around.” 2
3) honourable mention people: The Man’s Stare by Moin Ahmed: “Taken at Tongi railway Station, gazipur, Bangladesh. a train from dhaka had stopped at the platform for five minutes. i found a pair of curious eyes were looking at me through the window and on his left an umbrella that had been put out to protect them from the rain.” 3
4) 3rd place people: Under The Wave by Rodney Bursiel: “i recently travelled to Tavarua, fiji to do some surf photography with pro surfer donavon frankenreiter at cloudbreak. i'm always looking for new angles and perspectives. The usual surf shots have all been done so we decided to get a little creative. it makes you look twice.” 4
1 1) Grand prize & 1st prize nature: The Power Of Nature by Sergio tapiro Velasco: “a powerful eruption of colima Volcano in Mexico on december 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, the friction of ash particles generated a big lightning storm, illuminating most of the dark scene.”
5) 2nd place cities: Walled City # 08 by Andy Yeung: “Before it was demolished in the 1990s, Kowloon Walled city was the densest place on earth. hundreds of houses stacked on top of each other enclosed in the centre of the structure. however, if you look closely, you will notice that the city is not dead. part of it still exists in many of the current high density housing apartments.” 6) 1st place people: Worship by F. Dilek Uyar: “The ‘ dance’ of the Whirling dervishes is called Sema and is a symbol of the Mevlevi culture. according to Mevlana's teachings, human beings are born twice, once of their mothers and the second time of their own bodies.” 5