As entries roll in for the 2016 Travel Media Awards, we chat to the winner and finalists of last year’s TRAVEL & TOURISM PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD and learn a little more about the creation of their celebrated images.
For more information on how to enter the 2016 Travel Media Awards, click here. Entries close 24 June 2016.

Winner-Julian-Claxton-with-award-sponsor-Jemma-Purvis,-KuoniJULIAN CLAXTON
UGANDAN CHILDREN
N-Photo, November 2014
I’d been out visiting rural communities in southwest Uganda, shooting images of the women who work the soil. Come mid-afternoon, I was heading back along the dusty track, when I suddenly heard inspirational singing coming from a brick building.
I was welcomed like an old friend into the rudimentary, dusty main classroom where afternoon chapel was taking place. The light shining through the holes in the wall and the gritty, vibrant red-brick against the complimentary colours of the uniform made this scene a visual feast.
Looking through the viewfinder, I had dozens of little eyes staring up at me. I waited, knowing the scene needed an edge. All of sudden, the children burst into the most extraordinary, passionate song and as the eyes closed I shot several frames. As quick as it started, it had finished: an amazing show of the joyful nature of humankind.
julianclaxtonphotography.com

THE FINALISTS

03-PhilipLeeHarvey-CondeNasttraveller-October2014-02PHILIP LEE HARVEY
JOURNEY INTO NAMIBIA
Condé Nast Traveller, October 2014
While on assignment in northern Namibia, I was given a chance to photograph a lady from the Himba tribe. It was a refreshing experience not to be asked for money. The shoot felt like a true collaboration between photographer and subject. The beauty of working with digital is that she could give me immediate approval of the images. The Himba tribe are very conscious about the way they look and spend a great deal of time creating this unique appearance. philipleeharvey.com

 

 

IMAGE2NigelTisdall-Canada-Northwest-Passage-Cruise-Financial-TimesNIGEL TISDALL
NORTHWEST PASSAGE CRUISE
Financial Times, 29 November 2014
All photographers are familiar with missing great shots, but sometimes God gives back. This fortuitous image was captured in the Canadian Arctic during a 2,000-mile voyage of the Northwest Passage. Like many passengers, I spent hours up on deck braving the cold in the hope of catching a fabulous shot of orcas, polar bears or the super-elusive narwhal. I nipped back down to my cabin to get a fresh camera battery and there, lo and behold, was this glorious, slimline berg beautifully framed in a porthole. Isn’t God great? imagepalace.co.uk

Komodo-National-ParkKATY MORRISON
KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
Etihad Inflight, July 2014
This photograph is of Rizal, one of the crew aboard the Tiger Blue, a traditional Indonesian phinisi. I was on assignment at the Komodo National Park and while I got plenty of shots of the lethargic Komodo dragons, there was more excitement with the energetic crew. The boat ordinarily runs under engine power but the wind got up and Rizal scrambled to raise the sails. I caught him at this precarious moment while the boat was rocking, but he was so sure-footed he never looked like he was going to fall. katyandthebear.com

Renato-Granieri-Brentwoodgazette-REX_3354-2RENATO GRANIERI
THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH
Brentwood Gazette for Press Association, 22 April 2015
There are 250,000 pairs of king penguins breeding at Salisbury Plain, South Georgia, and the spectacle of birds cascading from the mouths of glaciers is visual overload. My brief was to capture the area’s stark beauty and its intriguing inhabitants. When we landed, I was tempted to fire off a volley of shots. Instead I waited and this moulting penguin came towards me. There’s a five-metre distance rule for wildlife on South Georgia but the animals rarely observe it. renatogranieri.com

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Notes for Editors

The Travel Media Awards was launched in 2015, celebrating the very best of the travel media sector. The Awards was created in recognition of the hugely influential role that today’s travel media plays in the holiday or business travel decision-making process. Open to all travel writers, broadcasters and photographers, the Awards is a true barometer of the travel media sector. The Travel Media Awards is owned and operated under a joint venture agreement between Travega and APL Media Limited. travelmediaawards.com

APL Media Limited works across the travel and lifestyle sectors in a number of media, from print through to events. APL Media produces the award-winning National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine, ABTA Magazine, Destination Vacation, ASTA Network and a series of lifestyle newspaper supplements, apps and websites. aplmedia.co.uk

Travega offers a wide range of travel marketing and sales solutions for both the leisure and business travel sectors. These include delivering sponsorship revenues for some of the leading events in the UK travel industry, alongside third party management of events for other leading travel brands. travega.co.uk