2014 Travel Photographer of the Year!

Posted: November 2, 2013    Categories: Photo Essay

Several days ago I came out of the Namib Desert to find out that I had been named the 2014 SATW Travel Photographer of the Year! This is a huge honor and something that I was rather surprised to have won.

The list of people who have won in the past 32 years is a who’s who of some of the best travel photographers in the world. These are normally men and women who photograph for the likes of National Geographic. I am conspicuously different from every other previous winner of the award in several ways:

  • I am the first full time blogger to win the award.
  • My work has never appeared in print. I have never had it featured in any magazine or newspaper.
  • I have never even so much as been approached by any print publication to have my work displayed.
  • I am completely self taught. I’ve never taken a course, read a book or had a mentor in the subject of photography.
  • All of my images are available for the public to view for free.

This isn’t just a triumph for me, but for everyone in the world of new media. I might have been the first such person to have won, but I will not be the last.

I also won my second Lowell Thomas Award for my photo essay of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

To celebrate, I’ve decided to publish a special photo essay of the images which got me the win. The following 20 images were taken around the world over the last 2 years and compromised the portfolio I submitted. I don’t necessarily think they are my best 20 photos, but they do represent a diversity of scenes and places.

As always, I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did taking them!

Snow covered trees on the Top of the World Highway outside of Dawson City, Yukon

Victoria Street at sunset. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Colony of King Penguins on the Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island

Totem poles in the abandoned Haida village of SGang Gwaay, British Columbia

Diving gentoo penguin in Paradise Bay, Antarctica

Cigar rolling on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands

Sunbeam in Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Woman in front of the Trafalgar Waterfall on the island of Dominica

Musher and his sled dog at the start of the 2013 Yukon Quest

Musher and his sled dog at the start of the 2013 Yukon Quest

The landscape of Lord Howe Island, Australia

Photographing penguins near Moltke Harbor, South Georgia Island

Sled dogs in the 2013 Yukon Quest

Winter waterfalls in Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Desert tree at sunset in Feynan, Jordan

The Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River near Page, Arizona

Fur seal pup on on tusset grass in South Georgia Island

Iceberg in Paradise Bay, Antarctica

Marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands

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