The results are in: Intrepid’s 2015 photo competition winner

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Well the Intrepid photo competition is done and dusted for another year. Once again it’s been 12 months of uninterrupted photographic genius, an inspired mix of optical wanderlust…plus a few unexpected cat photos that were a little off brief.

Each of our monthly winners was exceptional, and they had to be. We had over 7000 submissions from 3000 photographers based all over the world; from mud-splattered water buffalo in Chonburi and shafts of light in Marrakech to Swiss mountains worthy of a screensaver and The Taj like we’d never seen it before.

Picking an overall winner wasn’t easy. It’s like arguing why your favourite colour should dominate the rainbow. So we devised a complex and very democratic points system to determine the champion (it involved stickers and a lot of office bickering).

And the winner is…

If we could do a digital drumroll right now, we would. This year’s grand winner of Intrepid’s annual photo competition, and the proud new owner of AUD$3,000 worth of travel is… Sujan Sarkar! Congratulations, Sujan. Your scene reigns supreme! No matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t go past the subtle whimsy and moody colours of this riverside shot in Cooch Behar, India.

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Our glorious finalists

Praise be to our other photocomp finalists, whose noble defeat should not overshadow the magnitude of their achievements. These were some killer shots. Seriously. Many of them are now staff desktop backgrounds. We’d like to wish each and every finalist a very hearty congratulations. You deserve it, guys.

Bachalpsee Lake, Switzerland, by Genevieve Schneider

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Child monks in the morning, Bagan, by Scott Laird

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The Taj Mahal, Agra, by Matt Sims

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Cold little monkey, Japan, by Michael Haikal

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Temple through hot air balloon, Bagan, by Xiuzhi Pham

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Prayers in the mosque, Abu Dhabi, by Alister Munro

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Land diving, Vanuatu, by Sam Creek

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Fruit seller under sun beams, Marrakech, by Dominic Burdon

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Bull racing, Padang, by Chee Keong Lim

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Barred door, Angkor, by Richard Misquitta

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Cow herd at sunrise, Bagan, by Pradeep Raja

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Brazilian woman, Lima, by Ana Caroline de Lima

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The Intrepid photo competition will be taking a short break over the next few months. But don’t worry, it’ll be back bigger and better than ever on the 1 October 2015. We’re planning new themes and (best of all) new prizes. Watch this space. 

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Intrepid Admin - We've been running small group adventures for over 25 years, so we've got a fair few travel tales to share. Likes: exploring, getting lost, eating, drinking, hiking, driving, flying, sailing, dancing, meeting new people, getting outside of our comfort zone. Dislikes: staying still for too long.

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Thanks for Best Photos.

gwarrellow@btinternet.com'

The perspective and timing of the land diving in Vanuatu is first class, the light and action of the bull racing in Padang is stunning, the beautiful light in the sunrise over Bagan and the eye contact and composition of the portrait in Lima make these my favourites. Overall, a remarkable level of photography from the Intrepid travellers. Thanks for posting.!

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