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Travel Image of the Month - October 2021 : Drinking at the Waterhole, Botswana - Bob Chiu

Our judge for this month, Justin Cliffe ARPS commented;

"A smaller selection of images to review this month, but some very nice ones there for our consideration. After suitable thought and reflection, I have picked, as my Image of the Month for October:

Drinking at the waterhole, Botswana - Bob Chiu.
"Little doubt as to where we are with this image, somewhere in Southern Africa, as evidenced by the title. We have some beautiful light which really draws us to this photograph and then, when we get there, the lovely diagonal line of zebras - and their reflections, leading us through the scene. A really nice image."

I also have three Highly Commended images which are, in no particular order:

Chicken Man - Jane Tearle
"The man in this photo has an intense stare at the photographer, and therefore the viewer - it certainly has impact.  The black interior of the doorway behind him helps accentuate his face and the two chickens at his feet gives us some sense as to what he does. A strong portrait image which tells a story about this man."

Vietnam Schoolgirls - Steve Jones 
"There are some lovely images of children this month however this one is made, for me, by expression on the little girl’s face as she excitedly tells her friends something. There’s some haze or mist in the background - and the hint what could be a figure (but I don’t think is) in the right hand doorway which adds a sense of mystery. Delightful."

Guard, Mohammed V Mausoleum, Rabat - Sue Hutton  
"This image which works well, with the small figure of the guard nicely placed in the bottom left of the frame. Very simple colour pallette, with just his red uniform providing a nice contrast. If I was to make one, minor, suggestion, it would be to have moved a step to the right so that the guard would have been in the middle of the arch, rather than close up against the left pillar. That said, a pleasing photograph with a good sense of place."


• Congratulations then to Bob, his winning shot will be added to the Travel Image of the Month page on the website, with the overall monthly winners competing to be the Group’s best travel photograph of the year.

Click here to see winning images from previous years or here to see 2019 winners, here to 2020 winners, and here for 2021 winners.


Drinking At The Waterhole, Botswana
Drinking at the waterhole, Botswana
Chicken Man
CREDIT: Jane Tearle
Chicken Man
Vietnam Schoolgirls By Steve Jones
CREDIT: Steve Jones
Vietnam Schoolgirls
Guard, Mohammed V Mausoleum, Rabat 2
CREDIT: Sue Hutton
Guard, Mohammed V Mausoleum, Rabat
Novice Playtime
CREDIT: Neil Harris
Novice playtime
Indian Stallholder
CREDIT: Liz Bugg
Indian Stallholder
Havana Street Scene
CREDIT: Jay Charnock
Havana Street Scene
Langhe, Roero, Monferrato UNESCO Vineyards
CREDIT: Gabriele Dellanave
Langhe, Roero, Monferrato UNESCO Vineyards
CREDIT: Ian Silvester
Industrial Wasteland, China
Sorting Tobacco, Zimbabwe
CREDIT: David Grimwade
Sorting tobacco, Zimbabwe
Farm Track Guatemala
CREDIT: Andy Pinch
Farm Track - Guatemala
School Trip To Galle
CREDIT: Patrica Mackey
School trip to Galle
Daily Bread
CREDIT: Janice Carrol
Daily Bread
In The Rough Tides
CREDIT: Sanjoy Sengupta
In the rough tides
Costa 1 428 Edit 2
CREDIT: Gareth Hughes
Sleeping sloth Costa Rica - it’s what they do
CREDIT: Barbara Fleming
BOY and his CAMEL
Mary's Shell, Cleveleys, Lancashire (1 Of 1)
CREDIT: Allan Hartley
Mary's Shell, Cleveleys, Lancashire
School's Out At Tu Le, Vietnam
CREDIT: Stu Thompson
School's out at Tu Le, Vietnam
Above And Below
CREDIT: Nut Tucker
The Above and Below
Landscape Of Ladakh, India
CREDIT: Saurabh Bhattacharyya
Landscape of Ladakh, India