Litte Krishan of West Bengal (Sanghamitra Sarkar)
List Words : Wanderlust team | 25 January

Gallery: Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year – Portfolio

From Ethiopia to Antarctica, these are the exceptional collections of photos that made the shortlist of our Portfolio category and insights into the making of them

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year

Khairel Anuar Che Ani

The arrival

Pushkar Camel Market (Khairel Anuar Che Ani)

Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

“This was taken at Pushkar Fair. During the fair, camels from all over Rajasthan are gathered, ready to be sold.”

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, 1/800 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 800

The shepherd

Pushkar Camel Market (Khairel Anuar Che Ani)

Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

“Without the help of shepherds, it’s very difficult to control the large numbers of camels and stop them from entering the wrong herd. This is a constant worry, as it could result in a heavy loss for the camel merchant.”

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 200mm, 1/1000 sec @ f/4, ISO 100

The negotiator

Pushkar Camel Market (Khairel Anuar Che Ani)

Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

“The camel traders and buyers haggle over the price.”

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, 1/800 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 100

Sharing is caring

Pushkar Camel Market (Khairel Anuar Che Ani)

Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

“The limited water resources force both people and the camels to share the precious gift of nature.”

Canon EOS 40D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM @ 70mm, 1/800 sec @ f/4, ISO 400

Heading home

Pushkar Camel Market (Khairel Anuar Che Ani)

Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

“Camel traders and their herds head to their camps to rest, before starting all over again the next day.”

Canon EOS 40D, EF 400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, 1/800 sec @ f/5.6L, ISO 800


Esen Tunar

Glacier world

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland (Esen Tunar)

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

“These wonderful ice labyrinths lie on the edge of a glacier in Vatnajökull National Park.”

Canon EOS 6D, EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM @ 20mm, 1/50 sec @ f/11, ISO 160, circular polariser     

Crystal cave

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland (Esen Tunar)

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

“Different shades of blue glisten here as the warm light of the rising sun reaches into the glacial ice cave.”

Canon EOS 6D, EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM @ 24mm, 1/80 sec @ f/14, ISO 640

Frozen lagoon

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland (Esen Tunar)

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

“At the crack of dawn, the light from the moon brings out the beautiful blue colour of the glacier and the icebergs that lie frozen in the lagoon.”

Canon EOS 6D, EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM @ 600mm, 1/1250 sec @ f/8, ISO 400

Buckled

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland (Esen Tunar)

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

“Complex ice formations are shaped by repeated freeze-and-thaw cycles and the constant flow of the glaciers.”

Canon EOS 6D, EF 70-200mm f/4L USM @ 70mm, 1/40 sec @ f/11, ISO 160

Ice canyon

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland (Esen Tunar)

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

“The crevasse on the front of this glacier forms a narrow ice canyon – almost like a secret entrance to another world.”

Canon EOS 6D, EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM @ 18mm, 1/6 sec @ f/13, ISO 160


Trevor Cole

The salt cutter

Danakil Desert, Ethiopia (Trevor Cole)

Danakil Desert, Afar Triangle, Ethiopia

“Salt workers in the Danakil Desert spend each and every day cutting salt into blocks in the searing heat. They need to ensure that the blocks are ready by the afternoon, ready to load onto the camel trains, and often have to cope with temperatures in excess of 50ºC.”

Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II @  122mm, 1/1000 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 100

An ancient trade

Danakil Desert, Ethiopia (Trevor Cole)

Danakil Desert, Afar Triangle, Ethiopia

“Caravans of camels traverse the Danakil Desert on a daily basis as part of an eight-day cycle. The trains move on the salt fields at dawn and depart at dusk.”

Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II @ 200mm, 1/320 sec @ f/5, ISO 250

Afari woman

Danakil Desert, Ethiopia (Trevor Cole)

Danakil Desert, Afar Triangle, Ethiopia

“The Afar tribe, who inhabit the desert regions of Djibouti, Eritrea and Ethiopia, are in control of much of the salt trade.”

Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II @ 110mm, 1/1000 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 400

The salt of the Earth

Danakil Desert, Ethiopia (Trevor Cole)

Danakil Desert, Afar Triangle, Ethiopia

“As access has improved and vehicles can now get to the desert floor, salt extraction has commercialised. These men heft 50kg bags of salt, to be transported by truck, thus marking the beginning of the end for the caravans.”

Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II @ 185mm, 1/1250 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 200

Reflections in time

Danakil Desert, Ethiopia (Trevor Cole)

Danakil Desert, Afar Triangle, Ethiopia

“At certain times of the year, the water table rises and the journey of the camels is reflected on the thin veneer of liquid that is left on the desert surface. It is this very water, which is saline in nature, that then evaporates to create new salt deposits.”

Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II @ 120mm, 1/800 sec @ f/5, ISO 250


Sanghamitra Sarkar

The little Krishna

Little Krishnas of West Bengal (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

West Bengal, India

“Village boys of different ages wear make-up in order to perform the role of Lord Krishna (Hindu deity) in village plays. This ‘little Krishna’ is in his full regalia.”

Nikon D610, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 250mm, 1/60 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 400

Gossip

Little Krishnas of West Bengal (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

West Bengal, India

“In this picture, the ‘little Krishnas’ are gossiping with ‘little Radha’ (Hindu goddess) while waiting for the final touches on their make-up.”

Nikon D610, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 78mm, 1/60 sec @ f/5, ISO 400

The make up

Little Krishnas of West Bengal (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

West Bengal, India

“The ‘little Radha’ observes her fellow performer’s make-up with curiosity.”

Nikon D610, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 32mm, 1/100 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 400

In the queue

Little Krishnas of West Bengal (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

West Bengal, India

“The village children wait patiently in a queue while the final touches of face paint are applied.”

Nikon D610, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28mm, 1/400 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 400

Colour contrast

Little Krishnas of West Bengal (Sanghamitra Sarkar)

West Bengal, India

“Village dramas, known as jatra, are very common in Bengali villages and are usually based on mythological stories. The legends of Lord Krishna are among the most popular types of theatre, with the actors all painted blue like Lord Krishna.”

Nikon D610, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 200mm, 1/40 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 320


Andy Skillen

Aspiration

Baffin Island (Andy Skillen)

Baffin Island, Canada

“A mother and her yearling cub pause on an iceberg after being trapped among the sea ice of the Davis Strait, off the coast of Baffin Island. After emerging from their dens, the bears hunt around the bases of these giant icebergs for seals.”

Canon EOS-1D X, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM @ 200mm, 1/640 sec @ f/8, ISO 200

Ever watchful

Baffin Island (Andy Skillen)

Baffin Island, Canada

“After months in a den, young cubs are full of energy and the desire to explore. Their tireless mother, of course, serves multiple roles in this regard; from mobile food source to climbing frame, to oversized duvet.”

Canon EOS-1D X, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT @ 560mm, 1/2500 sec @ f/8, ISO 800

Deference

Baffin Island (Andy Skillen)

Baffin Island, Canada

“Three hours by snowmobile from our primitive cabin; 24 days of tracking (10 hours a day) in temperatures of -45ºC; 15 minutes of battery life; one priceless moment. This is the world of high-Arctic winter photography. In this shot, newborn cubs and their mother scramble atop an iceberg, trapped in the sea ice off the north of Baffin Island. A once-in-a-lifetime shot.”

Canon EOS-1D X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM @ 600mm, 1/1250 sec @ f/8, ISO 400

Exit stage left... pursued by a bear

Baffin Island (Andy Skillen)

Baffin Island, Canada

“Measuring around three metres from head to tail, mother bears have little to fear. With males hunting further out on the sea ice, the pressure ridges around the icebergs closer to Baffin’s fjords and bays provide a relatively low-risk environment in which to hunt and raise newborn cubs.”

Canon EOS-1D X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM @ 600mm, 1/1250 sec @ f/8, ISO 400

Vantage point

Baffin Island (Andy Skillen)

Baffin Island, Canada

“Local Inuit trackers say the female cub is always the one that stays closer to the mother. Although this has not been the subject of any major study, there is no doubt that, even in the early months, the cubs exhibit differing levels of independence.”

Canon EOS-1D X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM @ 600mm, 1/1250 sec @ f/8, ISO 400



The winners of the 2017 Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year will be announced at Destinations travel show in London on February 3 at 4pm. The winners will receive a photographic commission to Thailand and all the short-listed photos will be on display at the Wanderlust gallery throughout the show.

The photos will also be on display at the Destinations travel show in Manchester between January 19-22.

Entry in to the 2018 Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year will be opening soon.


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Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year – Travel Icons

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year – People

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year – Wildlife