Travel Photography Competition – week 120

Look at All The Poor People - Macchu Picchu, Peru

Hello everyone and welcome to the 120th edition of our popular weekly Travel Photography Competition! This week we are looking at the photos posted on our Facebook page between 12th and 18th December.

This is the last competition for a long while as we have decided to suspend it for several reasons. First of all, Facebook is a very unreliable tool for organising any competitions as it often experiences hitches and issues we can’t do anything about (e.g. some pictures are inaccessible for a certain amount of time which impedes us from counting the votes). Secondly, due to the fact that we are setting off for a long time and we will be travelling in places where constant internet access cannot be guaranteed, we won’t be able to regularly re-share your photos for others to vote. Therefore we have decided to temporarily suspend the competition for the duration of our trip and might get back to it upon our return providing that we find a more reliable tool for running it.

This week we will show you the three lovely photos which won this week’s competition and one winner from the previous week, which we couldn’t access earlier due to the aforementioned problems with Facebook.

Let’s start with the stunning photo which should have been the 1st position winner last week. It was taken at Macchu Picchu, Peru and shows James of Look at All the Poor People blog, a wheelchair traveller who said he “climbed over 500 steps on my hands and knees so my girlfriend could take this photo. Totally worth it.

Macchu Picchu which means “old peak”,  is a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres above sea level. The Incas abandoned the site at the time of the Spanish Conquest and although it was known locally, it wasn’t known to the Spanish colonialists and that’s why this stunning cultural place remained intact. It’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, it was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and it is also Peru’s most famous tourist destination.

Look at All The Poor People - Macchu Picchu, Peru

If you like this lovely image, follow James’ blog and check out his Facebook page Look At All The Poor People: a travel blog‎ to be up to date with his round-the-world adventures.

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In first position this week, we have a great artistic shot taken in Vilia, Greece. Vilia is a mountain village in West Attica built on the slopes of Kitheron. It is located 56 km north-west of Athens and the village’s main source of income comes from agriculture, animal husbandry, bee-keeping and fishing. There is also a lovely amphitheatre and it’s not far from Porto Germeno, a picturesque creek at the foot of the slopes of Kitheron.

Vagelis Pikoulas‎ - Vilia, Greece

 

This beautiful picture was sent in by Vagelis Pikoulas, our regular Greek contributor. If you like this picture, go to Vagelis’ Flickr photostream for more.

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The second winning picture this week shows the rough seas around the Felgueiras lighthouse in Porto, Portugal. The lighthouse is located on the right bank of the Douro River and is a 10 metre hexagonal tower built in the 19th century.

Idalina Silva‎ - Felgueiras lighthouse, Porto, Portugal

This breathtaking and atmospheric photo was sent by Idalina Silva‎ from Gondomar in Portugal.

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And the last picture in our Travel Photography Competition was taken at sunset on Karon Beach on the island of Phuket in Thailand. The beach is a popular tourist destination as it’s generally quieter than the neighbouring Patong Beach. It was heavily damaged by the tsunamis following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, but has now largely recovered and by 2008 showed few signs of tsunami damage.

Simon Owens‎ - Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand

This gorgeous photo was sent in by Simon Owens‎, an amateur landscape photographer from Durham, UK. Visit his Facebook page Aperture Priority – Photography and his Flickr Photostream for more beautiful photos taken in the North-East UK and beyond.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our Travel Photography Competitions, either by sending or by voting for the pictures! We hope you have enjoyed them and they were a source for your travel inspiration. Take care everyone and travel safe!

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