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Wanderlust Winners & How to Take Great Photos

Travel photography if done well can bring back memories of a past trip or inspire a visit to a new destination. The unknown and unusual can be brought to the attention of the world and allow us to empathise with someone we’ve never met.

The travel magazine Wanderlust holds a competition each year to celebrate great images captured by amateurs and professionals alike. The Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year 2012 competition offered the prize of a trip to Papa New Guinea and was split into various categories – Icon, Landscape, Wildlife, People which only amateur photographs could enter and Portfolio which professionals could also take part in. The public were given the chance to vote for their favourite at this year’s Destinations Travel Show which was held at Earl’s Court.

What do you think of this year’s winners? –


Storm over Blackstone Nature Reserve
Danny Beath


Happy moment in Salay Town near Bagan, Burma
Kyaw Kyaw Winn


Flight of the Flamingos, Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Deborah Dunderdale


Millennium Bridge Walk, London
Marius Gheorghe Musan


Himby Beauty Salon
Ben McRae

Want your photos to be this good?

If you want to take your own great photos whilst travelling the world here are a few tips to give you a head start -

 1. Get close to the action

Fit a wide-angle lens and set a reasonably fast shutter speed. If something interesting is happening, it’s always going to be better to get as close to that action as you can.

2. Pan the camera

To create interesting effects consider selecting a slow shutter speed and then ‘panning’ the camera to follow the action. 

3. Lengthen your exposures

If you use a longer exposure you will be able to blur the motion. Experimenting with different shutter speeds can create interesting effects like those featured in the Wanderlust winners.

4. Be patient

The longer you wait the more likely you are to come across the opportunity for your perfect and most interesting shot.

5. Record what your images are about

Make a note each day about the places and people you photographed, being able to add context to your images when you return will make them far more interesting to those who see them.

Take a look at all of our volunteer's photographs from our projects on our blog. Or if you want to get travelling yourself to get the chance to take your own great images then check out our volunteer abroad projects to find the  for you. 

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