Travel Photography Competition – week 97

Glyn Owen‎ - Le Chateau, Paris catacombs, France

Hello everyone and welcome to the 97th edition of our popular weekly Travel Photography Competition! This week we are looking at the photos posted on our Facebook page between 24th June and 1st July.

We are sorry for a slight delay in posting the competition results this week, but we have just started our holiday in England (yeeey!) and it’s taken us a couple of days to get used to the fact that we don’t have to work for the next month or so!

But without further ado, let’s take a look at the three gorgeous photos that you “liked” most in the last week of June.

The first winning shot was taken in Poznań, Poland during the Summer Solstice Festival called Noc Kupały (Kupala Night) in Polish and observed on 23rd/24th June. During this old and traditionally Slavic celebration, young men jump over the flames of bonfires and unmarried girls float wreaths of flowers on rivers in the hope of finding the right marriage candidate. This pagan festivity is deeply linked with the role of water and fire in fertility and purification.

Poznań is a lovely city located in Wielkopolska region and it’s one of the oldest cities in Poland. its major tourist attractions include the Old Town Square (Stary Rynek), the Catherdal Island (Ostrów Tumski) as well as Środka and Emperor’s Districts.

Travel Photography Competition – week 97: In a Faraway Land‎ - Summer Solstice Festival - Noc Kupały, Poznań, Poland

This beautiful image of fire lanterns sent into the sky by the many Noc Kupały revellers was submitted by Marta Kulesza, a Polish girl with a great passion for photography and a serious travel bug. For more samples of her photographic talent, we encourage you to visit Marta’s blog, her online photography portfolio as well as her Facebook page In a Faraway Land.


In second position this week, we have this wonderful sunset photograph taken in Ter Maarsch, a hamlet in in the rural province of Groningen, Netherlands. Groningen is the northeasternmost province of the country and 80% of its land is used for agriculture.

Travel Photography Competition – week 97: Werner En Hellen Heidekamp‎ - Ter Maars, Groningen, Netherlands

This gorgeous shot was taken by Werner En Hellen Heidekamp‎ from the Netherlands. If you like rural or nature photography, you should definitely visit Hellen’s Flickr photostream.


And the last winner in this week’s competition shows Le Château (the castle room), which is “a stone model castle built by cataphiles (urban explorers who illegally tour the Paris catacombs) in the bowels of the Paris catacombs. It’s adorned with an assortment of action figures standing guard on the castle’s battlements”. The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries (resting place of human skeletal remains) located south of the former city gate and they hold the remains of about six million people. They fill a renovated section of tunnels that are the remains of historical stone mines.

Travel Photography Competition – week 97: Glyn Owen‎ - Le Chateau, Paris catacombs, France

This interesting photo, giving us an insight into the history of Paris, was taken by Glyn Owen, a versatile photographer from the UK. Visit his Flickr photostream to take a look at the wide variety of photographic techniques he uses in his photos from across the UK.


Thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s edition of the competition, either by sending or by voting for the pictures!


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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  • Thank you so much for including my photo in the competition! I am so happy to win and that your readers liked my photo! I will be going travelling again soon and snapping lots of photos in New Zealand! Stay tuned:)

  • Thank you for featuring my photo! However, the link to you have provided in with my photo is not my flickr account!

    • Sorry for that, mate! With all the privacy protection nowadays, sometimes it’s pretty difficult to link to the right people ;) Do you have a photography account we could link to?