Travel Photography Competition – week 78

Gerald Carthery - Pink Canal du Midi, Portirages, Hérault, France

Hello everyone and welcome to the 78th edition of our popular weekly Travel Photography Competition! This week we are looking at the photos posted on our Facebook page between 2nd and 13th February. This time we have included in the competition photos from a 9-day period due to Facebook issues which impeded us from accessing and posting your photos that week.

In first position this week we’ve got this stunning photo of the Abraham Lake located in the Alberta Rockies, Canada. It’s an artificial lake on North Saskatchewan River with the length of 32 km and the total surface area of 53.7 km2. Although the lake is man-made, it has the blue colour of other glacial lakes in the Rocky Mountains, caused by rock flour.

Treepot Travels - Abraham Lake, Alberta Rockies, Canada

This great shot was sent by Rachel and Michael – nature & wildlife photographers who run For more wonderful travel photos, visit also their Facebook page Treepot Travels.


In second position we have a lovely beach photo taken in Puerto Princesa located on Palawan island, Philippines. It’s the second largest city in the country in terms of the area it covers but also the least densely populated one, with the population of over 222,000 people. By many it’s considered the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines with a wide variety of attractions to offer. It’s also a nature lover’s paradise with its wonderful beaches and nature reserves.

Joseph Ampana - Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

This great image was sent by Joseph Ampana from Vancouver, Canada.


In third position, two beautiful photos which received an equal amount of votes. The first one was taken in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcanic caldera located 180 km (110 mi) west of the city of Arusha. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. From the UNESCO website: “The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. (…) The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species (…) Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics.”

Paul Coonan - The Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

This beautiful photo was sent by Paul Coonan who is a versatile photographer based in London. For more samples of his talent, visit Paul Coonan – Flickr.


Tied in 3rd place, a wonderful photo taken at sunset in Cornwall, England, UK. Cornwall is a peninsula bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by the county of Devon. Cornwall is the traditional homeland of the Cornish people and is recognised as one of the Celtic nations, retaining a distinct cultural identity.

Marianne Knight - Sunset in Cornwall, England, UK

This stunning picture was sent by Marianne Knight, a photographer based in London. If you like London and the variety of cityscapes it offers, you will really enjoy Marianne’s Flickr Photostream.



This lovely photo was taken in Porto, Portugal. It’s the second biggest city in the country and, in my humble opinion, it’s also the prettiest place in Portugal. Porto is set along the Douro river estuary and its historic heart, being one of the oldest in Europe, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Porto is also famous for the production of the world-renowned tasty port wine. We have listed Porto as one of Portugal‘s Absolute Musts, check out the others here.

Manuel MFerreira - Porto, Portugal

This lovely tranquil shot was sent by Manuel MFerreira from Porto. If you like it, make sure you pay a visit to his Facebook page ManuelMeneses | Fotografia.


This beautiful picture shows the Canal du Midi in Portirages commune of Hérault department in France. The coastal part of the commune, called Portiragnes-Plage has the typical Languedoc character with a string of popular among tourists beaches. To the north-west of Portiragnes-Plage, in an area between the beach, Grand Maïre lake​​ and the Canal du Midi you will find an impressive wetland called Grand Salan which is home to various species of birds. To the east of Portiragnes-Plage, towards Vias, there is the area of ​​campsites that can accommodate twenty thousand people during the summer. Sounds like a lovely place for lazy summer holidays!

Gerald Carthery - Pink Canal du Midi, Portirages, Hérault, France

This beautiful photo was taken by Gerald Carthery. If you like this photo, check out his Flickr Photostream for more.


And the last winner this week is this impressive shot of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is currently the tallest building in the world and reaches an elevation of 829.8 m (2,722 ft). Have a look at how it compares to the other tallest man-made structures in the world:

Burj Khalifa compared with some other well-known tall structures

The building’s architecture is owed to Adrian Smith and Bill Baker, the chief structural engineer.

Vivek Satyawadi - Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This lovely photo was sent by Vivek Satyawadi from India.


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 a 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.

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