Our first photo competition of 2015 was all about wildlife. Anything with fur, feathers, scales or skin was fair game (you know, in a non-hunting way). Maybe the credit should go to all the attractive animals out there in the world, but this month saw some of the most spectacular shots we’ve ever received.
“Cool camera! Can I see?”
I turned around. Before me, one of the street kids that haunt the markets of Chiang Mai, all knees and elbows and wearing a faded blue singlet with flip-flops. He was pointing at the camera around my neck, an old East German Praktica from the 1980s, silver grey.
Ladakh translates as ‘Land of the high passes’, which, on arrival, feels rather appropriate.
Have you ever landed in a country and thought, ‘shucks, I wish I knew more about how I can get the best photographs while I’m here’? Well we have. And we decided we didn’t want you to suffer the same fate.
Getting up close and mixing it with the locals is one of the best things about travel. And you feel even more fortunate if you’ve been able to capture those precious encounters on camera and commit to the memory card!
The first month of the 2015 Intrepid Photography Competition has kicked off with the theme ‘Local faces’ and tell us if you don’t think these inspiring shots from our finalists have tapped into the real spirit of travel and humanity.
Uzbekistan might not be on the regular tourist trail these days, but there was a time when travellers and traders would come through the country in droves.
Dating back to these days of old, it’s the extraordinary history and remarkable culture that can catch you by surprise when you travel in Central Asia. There’s so much to see and discover and these seven things that you probably don’t know about Uzbekistan are just the beginning…
Yes, it’s that time already. Over the past 12 months, the Intrepid Photography Competition has been bombarded with thousands of incredible images from our travellers.
They’ve come from all corners of the globe, featured all manner of subjects and stirred all kinds of emotions. Seriously, you guys went above and beyond and we can’t thank you enough for your efforts. We were blown away by the talent displayed this year.
Meeting local people is one of the great highlights of any travel experience and most travellers will want to photograph the interesting faces they encounter on the road.
The problem is though, how to do this without annoying and offending the very people you want to remember.
If I was to give you one tip about travelling in Central Asia, it would be expect the unexpected.
Everything about the region is surprising; the extraordinary landscapes, fascinating history, intriguing culture and the warm welcome you’ll receive from friendly locals.
North and Central Asia is weird, wonderful and quirky on steroids, as I think you can see in my photo album of things you can wear on your head…
The Silk Road originally extended over 6,000 km through ancient China, India, Persia, Europe and Arabia, linking the mighty civilisations of the East and the West.
It’s an intrepid traveller’s dream to see the trading town of Kashgar in full swing, venture through the mountainous heartlands of Kyrgyzstan and explore exotic Tashkent. Kira Gerber has captured her memories of this historic route in these inspiring travel photos…