Our teams take many incredible photos and videos of their travels, and we hold a photography competition every year to reward and recognise the best. See some of their inspiring images below. We regularly use the images on our website, and in our Traveller magazine and many of our brochures.
The Top three winners
One of my favourite places in Morocco to photograph is the Erg Chebbi with its sea of dunes. In the golden hours of the day, the sand shimmers with swirling patterns made by the wind, so every dune is distinct. I snapped this photo as I rode a camel into camp just before sunset. The shadows cast by the sinking sun outlined our profiles against a rising dune, and I loved the contrasting colours of the sand and the blue gandoura worn by my guide, Hamid. Erg Chebbi offers such a different environment within Morocco, and riding by camel gives you the chance to experience and photograph its stunning landscapes from a whole new perspective.
This picture was taken during a day-long boat trip through Kerala’s backwaters. Kerala is a relaxing departure from the frenetic energy found elsewhere in India and taking a cruise along its quiet, palm-shaded canals was an ideal way to wind down. We started the day with a traditional Keralan breakfast of iddiyapam — nests of rice noodles, covered with cinnamon and shredded coconut. After boarding the boat, the only order of the day was to sit back and enjoy the palm-fringed waterways pass by. Kingfishers darted amongst the trees, local children splashed by the banks, and mullet fish swam beneath us.
For me, there’s no finer place to stargaze than the Australian Outback. But walking within Bruce Monro’s emotive and colour-shifting artwork, it’s difficult to decide if you should lose yourself in the lights on the ground or the light years in the sky: it’s as if you’re suspended between the past and the present.
Monro’s Field of Light carpets a patch of the ancient and sacred ground surrounding Uluru (Ayer’s Rock). To try and bring this inspiring destination alive, I used a tripod and a 30-second exposure to bring out the detail.