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Travel Photo Competition Results

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Here are the results of the 2012 Travel Photo Competition. Thank you to everyone who entered and well done to the talented photographers whose images appear in the final selection below.

Thank you to Committed Photography for providing the following prizes:

  • Winner: 16×24 framed print of your winning shot (estimated value of $250)
  • Runners up x 2: 16×24 prints unframed (value of $50 each)


Our travel photo contest winner is Felix Hug with his atmospheric image of a balloon over temples in Myanmar. Congratulations Felix!

Balloon over Bagan by Felix Huge

Balloon over Bagan by Felix Hug

Balloon over Bagan by Felix Hug

“Early morning Balloon flight over Bagan, Myanmar.”

Equipment: Canon 5DM2 DSLR

Felix Hug was born in Switzerland at the beginning of the carneval (Fasnacht) season in 1964, the 11th day of the 11th month, at almost at 11.11 am to be precise.

How much that indicated, what would become, an unconventional lifestyle is unknown, but heavily influenced by his late father (who was passionate about painting) he followed his passion for design and the arts.

In the 1980s he started a career in design and architecture, only to be interrupted when an offer to shoot hoops in a basketball team in Europe was too interesting to turn down.

Felix then began his journey as a professional basketball player, and with basketball came lots of traveling. Armed with the Konica he had inherited from his beloved father his first travel images were born.

However, it took Felix until 2003 to turn his back completely on his attempt at a traditional career in Project Management to decide that travel photography is what he loved and would be doing for a living.

Since then he has tirelessly worked on a career in travel & destination photography that has brought him worldwide recognition in the field. He has won Best Image Awards in the following competitions: The Asian Geographic Grand Prize, Singapore; The International Photography Awards, USA; American Photo, Image of the Year, USA; Travel Photographer Of The Year, GB; The New York Photography Awards, USA

In 2007 he founded together with Jamie Boyd Eyes on Asia in Singapore. Jamie brought to the team experience in production and representation, as well as experience in the modeling business. Their clients include Singapore Airlines (Silk Air), Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and others. His images have been published in countless magazines, Including GEO, GEO Saison, PHOTOGRAPHIE, Nat Geo Traveler, Australian Traveler, Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure.

Jamie and Felix now run travel photography workshops in Singapore and travel photography Getaways the region. The aim: Inspire people through positive travel images to have an alternative view on life.

Website: www.eyesonasia.net


Congratulations to our runners-up, Luke Popwell and Francesco Riccardo Iacomin!

Snell’s Window with Diver by Luke Popwell

Snell's Window with Diver by Luke Popwell

Snell’s window with Diver by Luke Popwell

“A diver inside of a bubble ring with sun flare shining through the water. Also, showing a visual representation of a Snell’s Window”

Equipment: 5d mark ii

Luke Popwell – I am a photographer in the florida keys. I shoot event and underwater photography.

Website: www.offaxisproduction.com

Toscana by Francesco Riccardo Iacomino

Toscana by Francesco Riccardo Iacomino

Toscana by Francesco Riccardo Iacomino

“A beautiful farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy, surrounded by cypress trees and the golden hills of Val d’Orcia, photographed on early morning with the very first, warm light.”

Equipment: Canon eos 550d – Canon 55-250mm IS

Francesco Riccardo Iacomino – I’m a 26 years old photographer from Modena, Italy.
I started taking pictures after a great journey in the Southwest USA when I was 18…and since then I’ve never stopped.

When I shoot I’m not trying to reproduce just what I see.
The challenge for me is to photograph what I’ll remember having seen… so strongly evocative images.

My pictures are on sale on the most important stock photo sites, like Shutterstock, Dreamstime, Istockphoto, Fotolia, etc.

Hope you’ll enjoy my work!

Website: www.francescoriccardoiacomino.com

Highly Commended Images

Our highly commended images are fantastic shots that illustrate the amazing variety of entries we received. Well done to everyone who made it onto this list!

Netting Fish by Steve Harrison

Netting Fish by Steve Harrison

“Netting Fish, HoiAn Vietnam”

Equipment: Canon 5D Mk 2

Steve Harrison – Camera happy light chaser with gorgeous young children.

Website: www.sleepygeckohoian.com

Three Fishermen on Inle Lake by David Lazar

Three Fishermen on Inle Lake by David Lazar

“Three fishermen on Inle Lake, Myanmar. The fisherman of this region have a unique rowing technique, where they stand on the stern on one leg and wrap the other leg around the oar allowing for fine paddle control.”

Equipment: Nikon D700

David Lazar – David Lazar is a travel photographer and musician from Brisbane, Australia, who loves to capture moments of life, beauty and culture through photography. He is drawn to locations which have a rich cultural background and he is especially interested in portrait and landscape photography.

Website: www.davidlazarphoto.com

Reflection by Partha Roy

Reflection by Partha Roy

“Blue Hour Reflection, Singapore”

Equipment: Olympus OMD EM-5, Samyang 8mm Fisheye Lens

Partha Roy – By profession I am an I.T engineer and working as a Software Analyst in a Bank. I have a passion towards photography from my childhood and I like to capture each and every moment of life and beauty of nature by the help of a small hole. The passion and the hobby towards photography gradually make me a photographer and I always like to spend my free time with my camera and photography. My wife knows that photography is my second wife in my life. But in spite of that she always support and appreciate my work with a big smile on her face which inspires me and give lots of motivation. I believe each life and every element and object has its own capability to create a magical moment. The moments that you want to keep forever and you want to treasure in your heart and mind. You should prepare and keep your eyes open to capture those moments. Basically I’m a picture-taker, fun-lover and fun-maker photographer who like to capture and freeze the moment of each and every aspect of life to make it unforgettable with help of my black box. I do like to take landscape, cityscape, architecture and street shots mainly.

Website: 500px.com/mypixelmagic

Thule Eskimo by Justin Lewis

Thule Eskimo by Justin Lewis

“Thomas Martika Qujaukitsoq was born in Qaanaaq, Greenland. He wears a reindeer jacket his grandmother hand-stitched when he was a young man. He travels with his nine sled dogs across the sea ice during April’s midnight sun.”

Equipment: Canon 5D markII

Justin Lewis – Mendocino, California native Justin Lewis was nurtured in the raw and rustic Pacific Northwest, where he honed a keen eye for capturing images that instill wonder and inspire action. At age 16, Lewis set off on the first of many solo international photo excursions, igniting a lifelong passion for adventure and cross-cultural exploration through photography. Having traveled to over forty five countries, Justin has woven photography seamlessly into his lifestyle of exploration and conservation. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography Justin made San Francisco his home base and began shooting commercial and editorial assignments for clients including; Islands, Sport Diver, AsianDiver, Trans-World Surf, Scuba Diver Australasia, The Undersea Journal and Caribbean Travel & Life magazineâ’s, PADI, Body Glove, The Ritz Carlton, Stanford University, Smithsonian, and The New Yorker. Justinâ’s imagery sells world wide through Getty Images and has been seen on billboards in Time Square, Seattle and Bangkok, on the side of buses, in national ad campaigns, magazine covers, and on television.

Website: www.justinlewis.com

Kirkjufell Panorama by Christopher Waddell

Kirkjufell Panorama by Christopher Waddell

“Taken during my first night in Iceland, in very strong winds. This panorama is made up of 6 vertical images (3 for the land, 3 for the sky). On the left the sun is setting and on the right I managed to capture the moon rising.”

Equipment: Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70mm 2.8L, Lee Grad ND Filters

Norway's beauty by Matthias Stoll

Norway’s beauty by Matthias Stoll

“The Panorama is composed out of 4 pictures, taken after a day of rain in Alesund. The dramatic sky and the long exposure light pollution in the city combined to a breathtaking atmosphere.
The shots were taken with the following parameters:
ISO 100, 30sec exposure @ f11”

Equipment: Canon 600D + Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 VC (@35mm)

Matthias Stoll – Student of Business Administration & Engineering with an obsession to travel and a passion for photography

Askari by Mario Pereda

Askari by Mario Pereda

“A masai boy carrying a lamp at dusk. Near Masai Mara National Park (Kenya).”

Mario Pereda – Mario Pereda was born in Bilbao (Spain) in 1973. In 1996 he started his studies in the ‘Escuela Superior de Tenicos de la Imagen’ (EFTI) of Madrid, where he attended General, Professional and Master in Photography courses. Currently he works as a freelance photographer. His pictures have been published in several tour guides and press magazines like ‘Revista Osaca’ and ‘AZ. Revista del Empresario’. Moreover, he develops several personal photo projects. His work has been distinguished with more than 30 awards in several photo competitions and he has made two solo exhibitions in Madrid and Burgos.

Website: mpereda.photoshelter.com

Lesotho Cow Herder by David Lazar

Lesotho Cow Herder by David Lazar

“A boy from Semonkong, Lesotho, herds his cows across mountainous terrain, and past the highest waterfall in southern Africa, the Maletsunyane Falls.”

Equipment: Nikon D700

David Lazar – David Lazar is a travel photographer and musician from Brisbane, Australia, who loves to capture moments of life, beauty and culture through photography. He is drawn to locations which have a rich cultural background and he is especially interested in portrait and landscape photography.

Website: www.davidlazarphoto.com

Black Flamingos by bhavya

Black Flamingos by Bhavya

“On Christmas Day 2011, I decided to meet flamingos. so I gear up my Car and Went To Khadir Island in Kutch district, about 410 kilometres (256 miles) India. Every year tens of thousands of Greater flamingos arrive to breed in the marshes of the Rann of Kutch region of Gujarat state. Its a wonderful place for birds and we can seen in image.. totally heavens for birds.
It was late Morning, Harsh opposite Light. so i decided to make this image Creative.. something Unique.
Just basic PP work (Lighting- Highlights, darken ) in Picasa.
I don’t have large telephoto lens for Birding, but Still I am Satisfied with this small lens. I believe that if we cannot reach the Subject than make subject creative, use your Imagination and than that looks more Unique.”

Equipment: Canon 550D-Tamron 70-300mm Macro

Bhavya – I am Passionate Wild life photographer

Website: www.flickr.com/photos/bhavya_joshi/

Venetian contrasts by Andre Viegas

Venetian contrasts by Andre Viegas

“Small gondolas, huge cruises, that’s Venice! Italy.”

Equipment: D300s

Andre Viegas – amateur photographer from Portugal

Rainbow Falls Of Watkins Glen by Mark Papke

Rainbow Falls Of Watkins Glen by Mark Papke

“Winding up the glen, the trail leads visitors through an assortment of cliffs and abutments that can best be described as natural sculptures. Each breathtaking scene after another is unique in sight and sound, and seemingly isolated from the rest of the gorge. The trail presents each scene perfectly, as if displaying landscape paintings lined up in a row. The aptly-named Glen Cathedral widens like a gothic church, with a natural pool, dubbed the Baptismal Font, facing the “cathedral’s” pulpit: a beautiful stone arch bridge and 60 ft Central Cascade. There’s no surprise that over the last hundred years or so, each segment of the glen, vista, rock feature, and waterfall has been nicknamed. Continue on to the Glen of Pools, and what many consider to be the “main attraction”: Rainbow Falls and Triple Cascade. Such a generic name does little justice to this majestic dreamscape. It has to be seen to be appreciated. “

Equipment: Nikon D7000, Nikon 17-55mm dx lens, Sijngh-ray vari-n-duo

Mark Papke – I am an amateur photographer trying to learn as many new things as possible hoping to someday maybe going beyond amateur status.

Website: mark-papke.artistwebsites.com/

Summer 2009 by Abhineet Seth

Summer 2009 by Abhineet Seth

“This was shot at “Meerzapur” in Uttar Pradesh, India. I got the shot in the drought summers of 2009.”

Equipment: Fuji film fine pix s5700

Abhineet Seth – I am a free lance photographer,loves to do photography on NATURE, PLACES…etc

Congratulations once again to all the finalists!

We look forward to seeing more of your wonderful photographs in the next photo contest. To ensure you are notified when future contests open for entries, you can subscribe to my free email newsletter (or via rss).


  1. Mark Papke said: January 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Wow, thank you. It’s an honor to be on the highly commended list.

  2. Matt Tilghman said: July 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Nice competition and congratulations to Felix! A stunning image indeed.

  3. Gerald Schmidt said: October 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    those are some incredible photographs..

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