– Theme: Travel Photography / Competition Judge: Matthieu Paley
This summer we wanted to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor, and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may have been: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary: We wanted to share your journey, visually and intellectually!
1ST PRIZE: Sandra Morante
” I really like the painterly feeling of that image, and how those men are all doing their little dance, it reminds me of old Indian miniature painting… That pensive man on the left reinforces a feeling of quietness. The texture of the wall, subdued light, warm tones of the sand, good composition, this all add up to a strong shot.” – Matthieu Paley, National Geographic Photographer & Explorer
2ND PRIZE: Sujon Adhikary
“I am fond of train journeys… and this image if just really playful, well balanced and full of little details, like the woman on the newspaper, or larger ones, like that rainbow umbrella! Certainly, it makes me feel like hopping on that train and find out more about these people’s life.” – Matthieu Paley, National Geographic Photographer & Explorer
3RD PRIZE: Donell Gumiran
“Gumiran’s compelling, sepia-washed rendering, possesses a poetic, dream-like quality and resonates with a palpable vivacity that perfectly conveys the effervescent atmosphere of the scene, and thus evokes the unique joy and enchantment of travel.” – The Independent Photographer Editors
Judge: Matthieu Paley
French-born photographer Matthieu Paley is a National Geographic photographer and member of The Photo Society.
Over the last 15 years working as a photographer, Matthieu’s passion for human nature has taken him all over the world, from sharing the life of the last true hunter-gatherers in Tanzania to documenting the isolation of Nauru, the world’s smallest republic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Exploring themes of remoteness and isolation, his passion to always look “over the next ridge” has provided him with countless opportunities to witness our common humanity.
Matthieu regularly leads workshops for National Geographic Expeditions and is a lecturer for National Geographic Live. Over the years his work has been exhibited globally and published in numerous magazines including Geo, Newsweek, Time, Outside, and Le Monde.