After more than 3,000 entries spanning 12 extraordinary months, we can reveal the winners of our latest Big Shot photography competition.
Selecting the top three was a tough task for the judges: Georgia Stephens, assistant travel editor; Sara Evans, travel picture editor; Carlo Irek, director of 4Corners Images (a specialist travel photo library); and Lisa Cristofoli of the competition sponsor, Hurtigruten Expeditions.
Congratulations to Louise Waldron, whose shot of a man and his horse at the Sonepur Mela fair in Bihar, India, wins first place. It was praised for its use of colour: “I love the bindi on the horse’s head, and how as you look deeper there’s this symphony of rosy reds and greens that resonates throughout,” Irek said.
George Turnbull’s shot of tourists climbing Dune 45 in the Namib Desert
The runner-up is George Turnbull’s shot of tourists climbing Dune 45 in the Namib Desert. The “eye-catching diagonal composition, vivid blue-and-yellow colour palette and the feeling that sandboarding is fun for all ages are what make this outstanding photography,” Stephens said.
Kevin Power’s shot of a sea eagle in a fjord near Svolvaer, Norway, was praised for its technical skill and came third. “It’s a really striking image, captured at the perfect moment,” Cristofoli said. Evans added: “I like that the people’s faces aren’t hidden behind the eagle’s wings. There’s a sense of them watching and taking it all in.”
Kevin Power’s shot of a sea eagle in Norway
Our winners receive, respectively, a 14-night expedition cruise to Norway from Dover for two, a seven-night stay for two in the Funken Lodge hotel in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and a 12-night expedition cruise around the British Isles for two. Congratulations to all of our winners.