We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our ‘Inspiring Travel’ photography competition in partnership with Photocrowd.

The standard was extremely high, but eventually we chose Chee Keong Lim’s incredible image of two novice Buddhist monks praying in a temple, as our ‘expert’s choice’ winner. This image won the crowd vote too!

Two monks praying in a temple image
©Chee Keong Lim

Robert says: “I really just love this image.

It says travel, world culture, devotion and inspiration.

The use of light is magical. The first time I saw this image I thought that’s going to be a possible winner. I thought it perfectly represented the brief of Inspiring Travel. Congratulations.”

Boys playing in a waterfall image
©Simon Turnbull

This energetic image of boys having a water fight at Tukad Unda Dam in Bali, by Simon Turnbull won Robert’s second ‘expert’s choice’ prize.

Robert says: “What an extraordinary image. This photo of the four boys playing in the waterfall is a delight. Capturing the moment of not only the throwing of the water but leaping as well, is I am sure, hard to synchronise and this photographer has done a brilliant job. They are really having fun! Truly inspiring.”

Man on horse rounding up wild buffalo
©Tony Bruguiere

Winning Robert’s third prize is this dramatic image of a buffalo round up in South Dakota, USA, by Tony Bruguiere.

Robert says: “This shot is impressive.

Think David and Goliath. The heavy lumpy dark brown bison overwhelm the cowboy but he is still in control whip flying above his head.

The lightness of the pasture at the bottom helps give scale to the image.”

Fisherman with cormorant bird in Robdigphot

This atmospheric shot of a cormorant fisherman by Robdigphot wins the fourth ‘expert’s choice’ prize.

Robert says: “What an inspiring travel image. I have seen a lot of cormorant fishermen but usually they are against very dark backgrounds and their features are not prominent. This is the ultimate cormorant fisherman, well lit with a great background to it.”

Crowd vote winners

Stunning image of icicles in ice cave
©Chad Briesemeister

Chad Briesemeister’s surreal image of ice caves in the Apostle Islands, on the shores of Lake Superior wowed audiences to win second prize in the crowd vote. “There’s over two miles of caves, frozen ice formations, waterfalls and red sandstone cliffs to explore,” Chad said of the extraordinary place he chose to shoot.

Hot air balloon over Lake Bled in the sunlight
©Elena Paraskeva

Elena Paraskeva won the third prize in the crowd vote with this gorgeous image of Lake Bled, Slovenia, in which a hot air balloon is caught by a ray of orange sunlight.

The Milky Way at night over mountains

Lastly, Yevhen Samuchenko (whose creative nickname is Q-lieb-in), won the fourth prize in the crowd vote with this remarkable night shot of the Milky Way seen from a mountain-top.

We want to thank all our winners and everyone that took part in this photo-competition, we were truly inspired by the quality of the photographs and so happy to have been transported by the images to so many amazing places around the world!

See all the winners and runners-up of the competition

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