To add to yesterday’s post of year-end ‘best of’ galleries, the results of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 competition have been announced.
The overall winner is G.M.B. Akash, a Bangladeshi photographer who was unanimously voted the outstanding entrant. I’m particularly entranced by his shipbreaking series, more of which can be seen on his site.
The judges waxed about his work: “His two portfolios demonstrate an ability to work with movement and a range of different light. They are vibrant and engaging whilst still managing to tell stories about the people and places in his images.” I can’t say I disagree with them – the images on display are great.
I’m also particularly fond of many of the images that won/were commended in the Natural Wonders categories. The images capturing wildlife in the Arctic and Antarctic very much caught my eye, particularly Swiss photographer Daisy Gilardini’s black and white images.
One of the single images that stood out for me was Poras Chaudhary‘s third shot – the Indian crowd swarming in an explosion of multi-coloured dust at the Festival of Colours. It has the feeling of being a painting and while the colours are heavily saturated, they don’t feel overwhelming in this image.