Travel Image of the Month - December 2020 : Fisherman’s Children under the Arborek Pier – Indonesia - Nur Tucker.
Fisherman’s Children under the Arborek Pier – Indonesia : "This is a great image – I just love the wide-open eyes, and the expression, on the face of the child on the right - which jumps out at you - even more so with the brightly coloured t-shirt. The fact that the location formed part of the title explained the dark mass on the right of the image – we know exactly where we are here. Excellent timing, good composition and a worthy winner this month"
"I also have three Highly Commended images, which are:
Stairway to Heaven – Bob Chiu : "Very taken by the use of light here – it looks as though it could have been a painting by one of the Old Masters. I debated about the inclusion of the open doorway on the right of the image but, on balance felt that this helped set the scene. A slight tilt of the top of the frame to the left and, possibly, a crop at the top of the image to take out the bright light could help here but all in all it’s a really lovely photograph".
‘The Journey’, Kenya – Andy Ferrington : "All sorts of possible interpretations as to what is going on here – there’s definitely a story behind both this photograph and the vehicle – but what is it?! The inclusion of the hand at the bottom right adds to the story whilst the combination of the orange and green colour palette and the leading lines of the sides of the road taking you up to the man’s face all help to provide additional impact."
Camel Race – Sanjoy Sengupta : The low down, and wide, angle, from which this photo was taken, and the trainer(?) on the right of the picture give a real sense of action – right at the start of the race, and immediately after the starting gate has been raised. A very typical activity across the Middle East – but the different viewpoint used here provides the drama and interest in the image.
Finally, one other image that I enjoyed was Carnival – Gareth Hughes : "Very little doubt as to where we are with this image – Venice - with an interesting combination of characters!"
• Congratulations to Nur, the winning shot will be added to and completes the Travel Image of the Month page on the website, with all the overall monthly winners competing to be the Group’s best travel photograph of the year.