Travel Photo Contest – The Winners

I have managed to get back from the wilds of the Yukon into Whitehorse for a night in a hotel and have access to the internet so I can finally post the results of the photo contest. So it is with great pleasure that I share with you the winners of the LLTL Travel Photo Contest for June – August 2010. Below are the comments from my guest judge David duChemin:

Wow, what a hard task. First, I need to tell you I am uncomfortable with the idea of judging art, or even competing as artists. I don’t think art is something you can – or should – win at. It’s about expression, not about comparison. That said, there’s merit in putting our work out there and seeing if it resonates. Still, I think our work stands or falls on its own and so this was particularily hard for me. The images I’ve chosen are:

Sudipto Das

First Place – Sudipto Das’ wonderful image of Holi celebrations in India. I love the colour, the gesture, the extreme point of view on this. The timing is perfect and the composition is different from other images I’ve seen of this celebration. Beautiful photograph, Sudipto!

Sam Gellman

Second Place – Sam Gellman’s image of villagers at dawn in Burma. I love the mood of this image, and the incredible tonal depth. I can almost smell the morning fires and hear the rustling noises of a village awakening. I feel like I’m there and that’s not an easy feeling to recreate in someone.

Ilya Genkin

Third Place – Ilya Genkin’s image of the Broken Hill Sculpture Park in Australia. Beautiful light, great composition, makes me want to pack my bags and head for Oz.

1st Place Prize:

Sigma 8-16mm f4,5-5.6 DC HSM LENS thanks to Gentec International for this great prize! A Complete Collection of Craft and Vision E-books (all the e-Books in the Craft and Vision catalog!). Thanks to David duChemin for this prize! A copy of my book How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies

Second Place Prize:

The winner of second place gets a $100 Canadian Blurb Gift Card from Blurb Books

Third Place Prize:

The winner of third place gets a copy of my book Dances With Light and my undying appreciation (this last thing is worth a lot!).

21 Responses to “Travel Photo Contest – The Winners”

  1. Congrats to the winners! Great choice!

  2. I have to say that I enjoyed seeing all the entries being posted here. Some remarkable photography of some very interesting places that are now on my “to see list”.

  3. Most well deserved. Congratulations, all!

  4. Deserved winner. AWESOME shot! All three of them actually…

  5. I’ve really enjoyed following the entries to this competition – congrats to all who took part, and thanks to Darwin for organising it in the first place!
    Excellent judging too 🙂

  6. Congratz-have fun with the Sigma… Whats the next contest?

  7. […] just found today that I won the third place at Darwin Wiggett‘s Travel Photo Contest. Judge was brilliant travel photographer David duChemin. If you haven’t read his books I […]

  8. Congrats! Well done – I didn’t envy David the task of judging this one, but these ones are amazing!

  9. Lori Jezowski Says:

    Congratulations to all of you, it was very interesting to see all the photos from all over the world. It had to be a very hard to make the decision as to who was going to win the top three photos.
    Thanks Darwin it was fun!

  10. Congrats to everyone; I really enjoyed seeing all the images and the winners are most well deserving. Thanks again Darwin for organizing the contest.

  11. Contrats to the winners, really great work!

  12. Congratulations to the winners! Fine work everyone!

  13. Congrats to the winners. Wonderful work indeed!

  14. Congratulations to the winners..beautiful photos

  15. […] Congrats to the winners!  Scott Bourne’s (Photofocus) “Emerging Photographer of the Year,” Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk (winners and honorable mentions), and Darwin Wiggett’s “Travel Photo Contest.“ […]

  16. Congrats guys! There was allot of extremely good photos entered in this contest. Good job on the judging David, must of been a challenge.

  17. kahkityoong Says:

    Congratulations. Awesome selections.

  18. Visiting Golgotha
    Thursday, April 1st, 2010 @ 5:36 pm | Uncategorized

    According to tradition, Golgotha – the “place of the skull” in Hebrew – is the place where Jesus was crucified and buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in the heart of the Christian quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, now marks this location. It is an important landmark in the history of Jesus in Jerusalem, as well as in Jerusalem history itself.

    As early as 40 years after Jesus’s death, Christians were coming to this site to worship. In his efforts to suppress all other religions other than the pagan Roman one, the Emperor Hadrian built a temple to Aphrodite over the site.

    The Roman temple was razed by the Emperor Constantine, who decided to build a church here after his mother, Helena, identified the location as Golgotha, the site of the crucifixion. Constantine’s church stood for almost 700 years, until it was destroyed by the incoming Muslims. This event sparked the First Crusade, and led the Crusaders to conquer Jerusalem and rebuild the church.

    The church’s turbulent history is evident in its architecture, which is a mixture of Byzantine, medieval and 12th-century elements from the Crusaders.

    Different religious sects have fought for centuries over control of this most revered of all Christian sites. Today, a strict status quo governs what parts of the sprawling building belong to what faction, and when prayers services may be held.

    Within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is Golgotha itself, as well as the place where Jesus’s body was anointed and prepared for burial, and the cave where he was laid to rest. In addition, you’ll also find a cave where Christians believe Adam is buried, the tomb of Philip d’Aubigne, signer of the Magna Carta, and, on the roof of the church, an Ethiopian Copt village. There is also some of the most significant artwork in Israel to see here, and many colorful legends to be heard. In fact, there’s so much here, it’s best to have a guide or a good guide book to get the most out of a visit.

    While most Christian denominations accept that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is built over Golgotha, some Protestant denominations believe that Golgotha is actually a rocky outcrop outside the Old City walls. Not far from the Damascus Gate is what is now known as the Garden Tomb.

    The suggestion that this was the true Golgotha was first popularized by Maj.- Gen. Charles George Gordon in the late 1800s, after he noticed that the rocky cliff resembled a skull from afar. Moreover, several tombs were found in the vicinity. The same idea had already been put forth by several other visitors to Jerusalem.

    Although archaeologists believe those tombs to date from the 8th century, the Garden Tomb has become a popular pilgrimage site for Protestant Christians. Meanwhile, Catholics, Greek Orthodox and other sects hold fast to the tradition that Golgotha lies within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

  19. Great use of light/colour/gesture: Hats off to the winners on their fine entries in the contest.

  20. Hiking is a very popular means of travel, allowing you to choose freedom and flexibility, where they go and what to do, and keep costs as low as possible. Take a cheap plastic flip-flops. Thousands of people will shower the hostel before you have used to avoid, pick up anything by wearing flip-flops, bad showers, if you.

  21. wow… beautiful….!!!

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