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TPOTY 2010: Travel Photographer of the Year 2010

on 08 May 2011. Posted in Making Photographs

Winners announced — some great images

I tweeted this morning about the Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 images up on the Guardian website. Every one of those images is a stunner and inspires me to work harder and be faster and looser with my shooting.

The ones that are real standouts for me are Larry Louie's Great Mosque of Djenné, the amazing Indonesian boy-with-shark by James Morgan, and the psychedelic sadhu by Poras Chaudary… just wow! The sadhu is caught emerging from a cloud of colour during India's amazing Holi festival — which of course reminds me that Travelshooters is big on Indian festivals and we're already catching the Diwali festival in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, on our Pushkar Camel Fair 2011 photography tour. Should be fireworks.

Luke Duggleby's wonderful study in symmetry — the mass ordination of 34,000 monks at Wat Phra Dhammakaya — reminds me that one of the reasons Travelshooters exists is precisely to put people like me in the right place at the right time. We were in Thailand recently and got some fab shots — but not that one!

And finally, I can't praise Tim Barker's hot air balloon-in-the-water capture highly enough — that's the kind of unexpected win that I love. And yes, our Rajasthan, India photography holiday includes a hot air balloon shoot — who knows, maybe you'll get a shot of the balloon reflected in Pushkar lake!

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