Winners - Perceptive Travel Remarkable Photo Contest 2009

Congratulations to the winners and honorable mention placements in our annual Remarkable Photo Contest!

Each year we run a photo contest to gather up some interesting digital images from perceptive travelers. This year we received over 300 entries from readers in 19 different countries. The winners reflect this diversity, coming from India, Australia, Bangladesh, Iran, and USA. The real hotspot was Kolkatta (Calcutta), which produced the first and second place winners from our panel of three judges. See the top prize winners on this page, then go to the next page for the honorable mentions.

First Prize - Exilim EX-H10 Super-Zoom Camera from Casio

Woman praying at the ghat of Varanasi, India
by Sudip Roychoudhury of Kolkatta, India

Sudip Roychoudhury is a 34-year-old freelancer who started shooting photos in high school. He is no stranger to first place finishes: he has won more than 200 awards from national and international photographic salons and competitions in 30 countries. "I shoot all kinds of photographs but I especially like to shoot human interest subjects, specially India—her life and culture.

Judge Steve Davey said, "This a beautifully atmospheric shot, with incredible colours and an evocative feeling." Rick Sammon commented, "Wonderful composition, great color and great light."

Second Prize - A choice of Tifosi Optics Sunglasses

Old and Young in Rural West Bengal
by Sudipto Das of Kolkatta, India

Sudipto Das is currently working for the leading news daily The Times of India. He previously worked for the Associated Press, the European Press Photo Agency, BBC News online, SPAN (India) and India Today.

Judge Terence Carter said, "I just love the framing and the interaction between the three people. Your eyes dart around the photo making the connections. It doesn't look contrived—a problem with a lot of 'street candid' shots—and the photographer appears to be up close and personal. It's an intriguing shot and one that I kept coming back to in the gallery of finalists."

Third Prize - A Pacsafe Portable Travel Safe

Cuba Wedding
by Bill Norman of Tucson, Arizona, USA

Bill Norman is a contract writer/photographer from Tucson, AZ. His articles and photos have appeared in magazines and on websites around the world for nearly 20 years.

Judge Steve Davey said, "Trinidad in Cuba is a much photographed place, but this image really sums up the colour and exuberance of this city. The compensation works well, and it is a vibrant and well executed. Sometimes you have to work hard to show the spirit of a place: other times you have to react quickly to see and capture a moment as it happens."



Winners were chosen by a panel of three professional photographers.

Terence Carter is a travel and editorial photographer and travel writer. He literally lives out of a suitcase accompanied by a couple of bags of photography gear and a lighting kit. He is Australian by birth, he has a Masters Degree in media studies and his home is Dubai, where he visits occasionally to empty his post box. See more at Terence Carter Photography or at his life on the road blog Gran Tourismo Travels.

Rick Sammon, who has photographed in almost 100 countries around the world, gives more than two-dozen photography workshops and presentations around the world each year. He has published 34 books, including his latest, Rick Sammon's Secrets to Digital Photography, Face to Face and Exploring the Light.

Steve Davey is a writer and photographer, whose work has taken him all over the world. He has recently published Footprint Travel Photography, the definitive guide to taking pictures on your travels. He has also launched a unique series of travel photography tours, in conjunction with Intrepid Travel. The next of these heads to Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas in July. More details about the book and tours on

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