Happy holidays everyone! It is hard to believe another year is almost over!
2011 flew by and was an eventful year for Burrard-Lucas Photography. For me there were some truly memorable and humbling experiences such as coming face to face with a wild giant panda in China and being confronted by the legendary Komodo dragon in Indonesia. In this post I have provided a summary of some year’s most significant developments and a brief teaser for things to come in 2012.
Here are the results of our 2011 Wildlife Photo Competition. This was another strong year so the task of judging the entries was not easy! Thank you to everyone who entered and well done to the talented photographers whose images appear in the final selection below.
I am excited to announce that I will be leading two incredible photo tours in 2012… in July I will be taking a group to the Pantanal in Brazil and in October-November I will be taking a group around Madagascar (see below for an overview of each trip). To run the tours, I have partnered with Steppes Discovery, a fantastic UK travel company that prides itself on organising ethical wildlife holidays.
Both trips have been specifically designed with photographers in mind and all levels of photographic ability are welcome. If you are looking to improve your photographic skills, I will be on hand to provide expert tuition and give you helpful hints and tips. If you are already a proficient photographer, this is your chance to travel with a group of like-minded people, and of course to take some fantastic photographs. During the trips I will try to impart as much of my knowledge as possible… I will be happy to critique images and discuss anything from gear to photographic techniques and online marketing to Photoshop.
Earlier this year I spent eight days tracking Giant Pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Central China. This is one of the few remaining places where Giant Pandas exist in the wild. Due to habitat loss and human encroachment, pandas have been pushed into extremely remote and inaccessible parts of China.
I was well aware that finding a wild panda in these thickly forested areas was not going to be easy… in the past, people have spent weeks searching for them without success. I therefore adopted the attitude that I would enjoy the spectacular trekking and it would be a bonus if I glimpsed a panda!
Update. This contest is now closed.
Enter the current photo contest: Travel Photo Competition
The fourth and final competition in our 2011 photo contest series is now open for entries. The theme is “travel”. We are looking for interesting and striking travel photographs. You are not limited to any subject matter in particular; travel photography can portray many things including an area’s people, cultures, customs, history or landscape. For some inspiration, checkout our travel galleries. The deadline for this contest is 31st December 2011.
We have some fantastic prizes on offer including the chance to win the new Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR camera (more info).
Few places feel as remote and wild as the Australian island of Tasmania; mile upon mile of sandy beaches and jagged rocks stretch for as far as the eye can see, whilst ancient forests full of giant ferns cover much of the interior. The island is frequently battered by stormy seas and howling winds from the Southern Ocean and as a result Tasmanian weather is unpredictable at best! As you look out over the vast ocean, without another human being in sight, it really does feel like you’re standing on a distant corner of the Earth.
Here are the results of our 2011 Landscape Photo Competition. With around 6,500 entries, judging this contest was another difficult task! The standard of images entered was better than ever and we enjoyed exploring the world through your pictures. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to all of the fantastic photographers who have made it into the final selection below.
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