National Geographic Traveller (UK) Photo Competition 2015
The winners of the National Geographic Traveller (UK) Photo Competition 2015 have been announced and, as usual, the quality of entries has been astounding. Entries were welcomed in six categories: Animal, Action, River, People, Urban and Rural. Check out the top three finalists in each category.
A critically endangered species of Siberian Tiger.
Photographer: Michael Gallagher
Playful and curious lion cubs investigate the camera.
Photographer: Angus Stead
Category: Animal (WINNER)
Gentoo Penguins photographed at Falkland Islands.
“I dug a small hole in the sand so as to not startle the penguins on their route back to their nest. I laid in wait for hours before these curious chaps came over to see who I was — I couldn’t help but think they were posing for me.”
Photographer: Barry Robertson
Two opposite yet complementary energies converge: stark concrete and fluid skateboard.
Photographer: Joe Almond
A lone coastal brown bear’s reflection is captured.
Photographer: Kevin Morgans
Category: Action (WINNER)
A train meanders through serpentine paths in the Sri Lankan midlands.
“Overcrowded trains often leave local travellers with no other choice than standing in the open door or even hanging outside. I quickly discovered this is a photographer’s dream.”
Photographer: Yanick Targonski
People take the annual dip in almost freezing temperatures in the River Warfe on New Year’s Day, in Otley, Yorkshire, UK.
Photographer: Andrew Clayborough
Trees are reflected in a swollen river at sunrise.
Photographer: Gabriella Brunton
Category: River (WINNER)
The thawing River Rio de las Vueltas in Patagonia, Argentina, with Fitz Roy mountain in the distance.
“I travelled to Río de las Vueltas, near El Chaltén, Santa Cruz Province in August, which is winter in the region, and expected challenging snow and ice. However, for much of the two weeks, the sun shone, giving outstanding views of the Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains.”
Photographer: Claire Carter
Holi celebrations in Kolkata, India.
Photographer: Gavin Burnett
A young girl plays with an umbrella during the “Umbrella Revolution” protests in Hong Kong.
Photographer: Tom Wright
Category: People (WINNER)
A traditional New Year ritual dance in Comanesti, Romania in which participants dress up as bears.
“Accompanied by their gypsy trainer and a youth beating a tambourine-type instrument, the animals crawl through the crowd in this symbolic ritual. The bears perform a dance until they fall dead on the ground. After their hearts are taken by the trainer, the bears return to life, but theoretically, a gentler one. This ancient rite suggests man’s power to tame nature.”
Photographer: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi
The street art scene in Shoreditch, east London.
Photographer: Cindy-Lou Dale
Commuters on the platform in the London Underground.
Photographer: Teddy Duran
Category: Urban (WINNER)
St Paul’s Cathedral framed by silver birches on the South Bank in London.
“I wanted to show the interaction and beauty of urban trees in our built environment. The photo has many temporal relationships: people in coats frozen in the scene, and the leaves of late Autumn; as well as the whiteness of the silver birches and the stone of St Paul’s.”
Photographer: Philip Braude
A landscape view of Srengeti village in Tanzania.
Photographer: Ewa Rapciak
A local stands on his water buffalo near Hoi An, Vietnam.
Photographer: Ed Salter
Category: Rural (WINNER)
Adventure seekers climb up a doline (sinkhole) deep inside Son Doong, Vietnam, the world’s biggest cave.
“Two-way radios and a laser pointer were used to get people in position for this photo, and ensure their headlamps provided just the right amount of illumination.”
Photographer: Chris Miller