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Travel Image of the Month - November 2020 : Squirt! (Thailand) by Steve Jones

At the end of the November competition we received 39 images from colleagues across the world. As ever there were some really remarkable shots from group members. Increasingly I am left in awe of the skills of our members, it not just the technical skill, but being in the right place the right time to 'see' the shot in the first place. 

We will each have our own favourite, but in terms of simplicity Sue Lambert's minimalist 'Mad Dog's and Englishmen, Namibia, simply seemed to sum up the whole picture, while Lynda Golightly's crisp mono 'Counter Service' caught my eye again for it's simplicity and balance. 

But the winner for this month was chosen by one of our new committee members Justin Cliffe ARPS, who selected Steve Jones's 'Squirt' as his image of the month. Justin commented:

"This month we had a great set of images and it was a real challenge, albeit an enjoyable one, producing my short-list and, even more so, selecting my winner. After a considerable  amount of deliberation, I picked, as my November Travel Image of the Month:"

Squirt! (Thailand) by Steve Jones

"This image works really well, for a number of reasons – the nice timing with the elephant on the right spraying its mahout who’s trying to defend himself with his basket, the triangle created by the three men, all of whom are wearing blue tops and straw-coloured hats and the diagonal line of the three elephants which are enhanced by the tusks of the 3rd one helping to keep the eye moving around the image. All in all a really nice travel photograph."

"I have three Highly Commended images, each of which could have been the winner and each of which also provide a strong sense of place:

‘Following the Leader, Mongolia’ by Tony Au Yeong

"This image is made by the lighting – the way that the camels and the rider are beautifully back-lit which also lights up the ripples on the dune in the background. There’s a nice sense of movement here as well - with the sand being kicked up by the lead camel."

‘When Spiderman meets Old Men’ by Sanjoy Sengupta

"What a lovely photograph – it certainly made me smile when I first saw it. Lovely light on the group of old men in the bottom right of the photograph with a nice composition of the right-hand two looking into the frame at the speaker in the centre of the image and then, very much out of place – but making the picture - Spiderman striding purposefully across the frame behind them."

And

‘Steps to the Fortress, India’ by Andy Ferrington:

"A real sense of place here – the two boys coming down the stairs towards the photographer and the line of the staircase drawing your eye back up to the imposing fortress in the background. Nice composition and even though this was shot into the sun, well exposed."

"One other photograph worthy of mention is Nur Tucker'sSunset at the Red Sea’, a clever image taken with the lens half in and half out of the water. It won’t have been easy balancing the exposure for the underwater element with the sunset above it however the photographer has done this really nicely."

Congratulations then to Steve, and 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, or here to 2020 winners to date.

Squirt! (Thailand) By Steve Jones
CREDIT: November Winner : Steve Jones
Squirt ! (Thailand)
Spiderman Meets Old Men
CREDIT: Sanjoy Sengupta
When Spiderman Meets Old men
Following The Leader
CREDIT: Tony Au Yeong
Following The Leader, Mongolia
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CREDIT: Nur Tucker
Sunset at The Red Sea
Steps To The Fortress, India
CREDIT: Andy Ferrington
Steps to the Fortress, India
Etosha National Park Namibia
CREDIT: Catherine Phillips
Etosha National Park - Namibia
Buddhist Monk With Alms Bowl, Thailand Dave Agnelli
CREDIT: David Agnelli
Buddhist Monk with Alms Bowl, Thailand
Shibuya Crossing
CREDIT: Richard Burn
Shibuya Crossing
Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand 580Px
CREDIT: Graham Vulliamy
Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand
Morning Entertainment, Pyantaza,Myanmar
CREDIT: Ian Silvester
Morning Entertainment, Pyantaza,Myanmar
Moving House Ethiopia
CREDIT: Neil Harris
Moving house - Ethiopia
Gentoo Penguin, Falkland Islands
CREDIT: Philip Walton
Gentoo penguin, Falkland Islands
Mad Dogs And Englishmen, Namibia
CREDIT: Sue Lambert
Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Namibia
Sandra Mason Taif, KSA
CREDIT: Sandra Mason
Taif, KSA
Selling Night Lights
CREDIT: Liz Bugg
Selling Night Lights
Sunrise Angkor Wat
CREDIT: Andy Pinch
Sunrise – Angkor Wat
At The Crossroads
CREDIT: Chris Wright
At The Crossroads
Gareth Hughes Morning Mist And Reflections 'Tatra Mountains'
CREDIT: Gareth Hughes
Mist and Reflections 'Tatra Mountains'
Oruro Carnival, Bolivia
CREDIT: Jeremy Richards
Oruro Carnival, Bolivia
Funicular Lisbon, Portugal John Riley LRPS
CREDIT: John Riley
Funicular - Lisbon, Portugal
Marco Polo Artic Explorer – Greenland – Linda Riley LRPS
CREDIT: Linda Riley
Marco Polo Artic Explorer – Greenland
Madagascar, Villagers Plow A Paddyfield For Rice Plantation
CREDIT: Gerry Butler
Madagascar, - Villagers Plow a Paddyfield for Rice Plantation
The Argentinian Base In Antarctica By Barbara Fleming ARPS
CREDIT: Barbara Fleming
The Argentinian Base in Antarctica
Romania Aug 2018 1193
CREDIT: Laura Morgan
Romanian Blacksmith at Work
 Counter Service 2
CREDIT: Lynda Golightly
Counter Service
Lobster Fisherman
CREDIT: Adrian Hough
Lobster Fisherman at Berneray, Outer Hebrides
Rural Market Of Bengal, INDIA
CREDIT: Saurabh Bhattacharyya
Rural Market of Bengal
Tonysmith Rpstravel1120 8
CREDIT: Tony Smith
Bath Day at Varanasi
Sunset Over The Grand Canyon
CREDIT: Rob Kershaw
Sunset over the Grand Canyon
1Ear Of The Wind Navajo Tribal Park USA
CREDIT: David Harding
Ear of the Wind Navajo Tribal Park USA
Old Dhaka 4
CREDIT: Dennis Anguige
Chicken Seller - Old Dhaka
Pilgrimage Over, Santiago De Compostela Reached
CREDIT: John Spiller
Pilgrimage Over, Santiago de Compostela Reached
Maasai Moran Gathering At Narok, Kenya (1 Of 1)
CREDIT: Allan Hartley
Maasai Moran gathering at Narok, Kenya
Ganga Aarti Varanasi
CREDIT: Lin Wyles
Ganga Aarti - Varansi
Victoria Harbor Sunset, Hong Kong
CREDIT: Kai Kong Wong
Victoria Harbor Sunset, Hong Kong
Afghan Sheep Market
CREDIT: Joe Whelehan
Afghan Sheep Market
Fishing Boat, Lanzarote
CREDIT: Andrew Frisby
Fishing Boat, Lanzarote
Storm Over Lake Wakatipu
CREDIT: Andy Kumaria
Storm over Lake Wakatipu
Funchal, Mederia
CREDIT: Carl Mason
Funchal, Mederia