Perceptive Travel's Remarkable Photo Contest Winners

We got a surprisingly robust collection of remarkable photos for this year's contest, then whittled it down to ones that really stood out from the pack. Congrats to the following winners who are taking home the loot!

First prize - The CompuDaypack from LowePro

Looking Glass - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
by Lola Akinmade, Virginia, USA

In our one moment of consensus, all three judges picked this one in their top 3. Steve Davey said, "Good comic moment, and well captured. You see this sort of thing a lot in Asia, but it can be difficult to capture. This is a well executed and humourous picture."

Ian Middleton said, "Sometimes photography isn't only about a stunning shot with great light and perfect exposure, often it's about the content and the ability to capture a unique moment in time. The photographer here has reacted quickly, showed quick thinking and even managed to get himself positioned for a great composition and get a fast enough exposure in low light to freeze the moving object. The straight on angle of this shot really emphasises the sheer effort of holding this mirror on the bike, perfectly illustrates the size of the mirror and (if you didn't know better) could even make you think he was the only one on the bike! Well done, great job."

Second prize - A $50 Amazon gift certificate

Chinautla Woman - Guatemala
by Michael Shapiro, California, USA

Judge Terence Carter said of this one, "The images that spoke to me the most out of the finalists were all 'people' shots, but this one has the best combination of framing and feel. The way the blue of the top of the frame almost matches the shade of the woman’s top is fantastic. The look on the woman’s face is intriguing and the slightly low angle gives the woman a strength that is appealing."

Third prize - A Perceptive Travel t-shirt, sweatshirt, or baseball jersey.

Blue City - Jodhpur, India
by Sudipto Das, Kolkata, India

Two of the judges picked this shot for its combination of dreamy colors and the technical aspect of "getting the exposure right in a tricky lighting situation."

HONORABLE MENTIONS - a copy of the brand new book Traveler's Tool Kit: Mexico and Central America

Sports Day - Japan

by Tyler Bell, Oitaken, Japan

Steve Davey said of Sports Day, "Really good moment, well captured. I even like the post production treatment - the photographer started off with a very good picture and then gave it the part black and white treatment. A lot of people use this sort of treatment to try to rescue an average shot!

Fragile Innocence - Bac Ha, Vietnam
by Joel Carillet, Tennessee, USA

Joel was the winner of last year's photo contest, so he returned to prove that one wasn't a fluke. Ian Middleton said, "I love this shot because it illustrates that children everywhere, no matter how they live, all appear the same: cute and mischievous."

Here are this year's judges:

Terence Carter is a travel and editorial photographer as well as a travel writer. He as written and contributed to a couple of dozen Lonely Planet titles. He has shot photos for travel guides for DK and Lonely Planet (including Top Ten Dubai and Abu Dhabi Guide, Dubai Encounter, Buenos Aires Encounter, Dubai City Guide, and Best of Brussels Bruges Antwerp & Ghent). His photography has appeared in an array of travel magazines including National Geographic Traveler, Lifestyle+Travel, Paperplane, and Get Lost. Terence lives on the road and is currently in Northern Italy doing a series of interviews and photo shoots with Michelin-starred chefs as well as shooting for guidebooks to Northern Italy. See more at the Terence Carter Photography site.

Ian Middleton is a freelance photographer and travel writer from the UK. He is the author and photographer of three travel narrative books and one travel guide to ancient Ireland, Mysterious World: Ireland. Ian's photography has been published in Lonely Planet, Mysterious World, Bradt Travel Guides and Living Abroad Magazine, among others. He currently divides his time between the UK and Slovenia. For more information visit his website:

Steve Davey is the author and photographer of two titles from BBC Books: Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die and Unforgettable Islands To Escape To Before You Die. (See more on those titles at His latest book, the Footprint Guide to Travel Photography, will be out in September 2008. His work appears frequently in magazines and newspapers around the world and he also leads photographic tours for Intrepid Travel. See more at Steve Davey's portfolio site., Inc.

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