Travel Photography Competition – week 69

Amal R - Deadvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Hello everyone and welcome to the 69th edition of our popular Travel Photography Competition! This week we will be looking at photos sent into our Facebook page between 24th November and 1st December.

Have you all planned your adventures for 2014 yet? It not, the competition is the perfect opportunity to look into some stunning locations in the world and decide where you’d like to wander off to this year.

The first picture in this week’s competition was taken in Deadvlei, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia. Deadvlei, which means “dead marsh” and not “dead valley” as you might think, and is a white clay pan. It was formed after a heavy rainfall, when the Tsauchab river flooded, temporarily creating shallow pools of water which allowed thorn trees to grow. When a drought hit the area, the trees died, as there was no longer enough water for them to survive. The remaining tree ‘skeletons’, which are believed to be about 900 years old, are now black because of the intense sun has scorched them.

This stunning and unique photo was sent by Amal Rajakaruna. Visit his Flickr profile for more great shots!


In second position we have this week a beautiful photo of the Buddha located in Gandan (Gandantegchinlen) Monastery, Ulanbaatar, Mongolia. Gandan is a Tibetan-style monastery and its name means  “Great Place of Complete Joy”. It was founded in the 18th century and is one of the few monasteries that survived the mass destruction of 1930s, in which the Communist government of Mongolia, destroyed the majority of the country’s monasteries and killed more than 15,000 lamas.

This lovely shot was sent by Elin Reitehaug who is from Norway but based in Accra, Ghana. Visit her fabulous blog Taste of Slow where you can find stunning photos and veggie recipes.


And in third position we’ve got this beautiful picture showing a flock of flamingoes, blissfully wading in Lake Nakuru, Kenya. The lake lies at an elevation of 1754 m and contains huge amounts of algae which attracts a vast quantity of flamingos. “Nakuru means “Dust” or “Dusty Place” in the Maasai language.

This great picture was sent by Jordi Clave. He is a talented and versatile photographer. Visit his Flickr Photostream for more interesting shots.


Thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s edition of the competition, either by sending or by voting for the pictures! We wish you nice end of the weekend!


What is Travel Photography Competition?

Each week we publish the three pictures which got the most “likes” on our Facebook page giving the photographers the credit they deserve.

Visit our Travel Photography page to see all the previous winning photos and find out how you can participate.

If your pictures are among this week’s selection, feel free to use one of our HTML snippets on your website and tell your friends about it.

Keep sending your photos and travel safe!

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