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Christo­pher roche Peo­ple cat­e­gory win­ner

“Hav­ing re­cently been to Mount Kailash in Ti­bet, Chech­nya and Kur­dis­tan, it was sug­gested that I might en­joy visit­ing Thai­land’s north­ern hill tribes. But I had in mind a plan to visit the coun­try’s fa­mous shores in­stead and was given some great op­tions. The chal­lenge was to try and shoot some­thing orig­i­nal, so I headed for the lesser-de­vel­oped is­lands and fo­cused my lens on seascapes and land­scapes (par­tic­u­larly the fab­u­lous lime­stone karst for­ma­tions). I aimed to cap­ture a sense of calm, leisure and rest – as that was what I was hop­ing for my­self – and that is ex­actly what I got.”

Ju­lia wain­wright Wildlife cat­e­gory win­ner

“Wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy was my orig­i­nal plan, but this trip be­came more about ur­ban macaques, ele­phant wel­fare and birdlife, in­tro­duc­ing unique pho­to­graphic chal­lenges to what was an en­joy­able, full-on ex­pe­ri­ence. In Lop­buri, I saw the dif­fi­cul­ties aris­ing from peo­ple and macaques liv­ing in close prox­im­ity, and at the ele­phant sanc­tu­ar­ies in Kan­chanaburi I saw first-hand the ded­i­ca­tion of the peo­ple work­ing to im­prove the an­i­mals’ lives, while Sa­marn Bird Camp and Kaeng Krachan Na­tional Park al­lowed me to pho­to­graph birds and mam­mals I’d not seen be­fore.”

Sang­hami­tra sarkar Travel Icon cat­e­gory win­ner

“There was so much from my trip to Thai­land that stood out. The lantern-re­leas­ing fes­ti­val where peo­ple from all over the world come to re­lease lanterns to­gether un­der a clear night sky will re­main with me for life. Bangkok was a study in con­trasts, with its multi-sto­ried shop­ping malls, street bazaars and food stalls. The mag­nif­i­cent ru­ins of Ayut­thaya and its Bud­dha stat­ues are now among my all-time favourite pho­to­graphic des­ti­na­tions, and the warm hos­pi­tal­ity of the Thai peo­ple and the car­ing at­ti­tude of my tour guide dur­ing my trip touched me deeply.”

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