Cities Around The World Travel Photography

Over eighty travel photographers entered our Cities Around The World Travel Photography contest on Fine Art America.

St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia – by Michel (Travel Pics)

As picture editor, I selected the following images as best of the bunch.

I felt all images filled the frame with interest and perfectly illustrated the general theme of Cities Around The World.

Parliament House, Canberra The Flatiron Building Tokyo Panorama Boston Skyline Rio de Janeiro Chicago River View Honolulu and Waikiki
Parliament House, Canberra by Steven Ralser.
The Flatiron Building by Alexandre Martins.
Panorama of Tokyo by Jill Mitchell.
Boston Skyline by Elvira Pinkhas.
Rio de Janeiro by Carlos Amaro.
Room With a River View, Chicago by Donna Spadola.
Honolulu and Waikiki by Mary Deal.

Pay them a visit to see what else they have in their portfolios.

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2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Competition.
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Armenian Prayer Beads

Travel Up Close is the theme for Round Fifteen.

2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Contest Themes

Queen Elizabeth II Bridges Travel Photography Winter Travel Photography Landmarks Hotels and Accommodation Famous Lakes and RiversVillage LifeColourful MarketsLandscapesClifton Beach - Cape Town, South AfricaSt Petersburg, RussiaArmenian Prayer Beads

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Beaches Around The World

Clifton Beach - Cape Town, South Africa

The 2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Competition moves toward the summer with a look at Beaches Around The World.

Not any old beach shot. Please think creatively and only submit your best photography with a beach as its theme.

No sunsets, sunrises nor seascapes will be considered. We’ll have these contests later.

I better say it right from the start, a lighthouse is not a beach.

Most of the submission guidelines are standard for our Travel Photography contests but they still get ignored from time to time.

* 1. Colour Travel Photography Only.

No Digital Art nor Paintings. No black and white, sepia nor digitally manipulated images.

We’re looking for Travel Photographers not masters of photo-editing software; although the crop tool can be your your best friend.

* 2. Fine Art America watermarks should not overpower the image.

No other text nor copyright notices should appear on the photograph either. If you’re worried about theft of images, don’t put them online.

* 3. Photos need good descriptions because not all of them are really worth a thousand words; on their own.

✈ We can’t go far wrong if we ask these questions to ourselves: Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How?

► Sponsored by the Top Travel Pics group, entries that do not follow our submission guidelines will be deleted.

Images that are considered weak will also be removed from competition.

Previous Contests:
An image entered in one of our travel photography contests should not be entered in another.

We’re looking for travel photographers who know what makes a good travel photograph and can display a variety of high-quality, travel images.

Although voting is open to the general public (for fun only), only pictures earning an Editor’s Choice Award may be featured on and earn points in our Travel Photographer of The Year competition.

It’s the picture editor you have to impress with your talent, vision and interpretation of the travel photography themes, not your family and friends on Facebook

2016 Travel Photography Contest – Keeping Score:
These are the real winners in the year-long challenge to be considered the best Travel Photographer on Fine Art America.

Beaches Around The World – Submissions Thread.

We’ll also feature some of the best Beaches Around The World pics uploaded to the Top Travel Pics Group during the fourteen days of competition; if the quality is high and the photographer posts in the relevant discussion thread.

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2016 Travel Photographer Scores Update

The 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year scores have been updated to include the Hotels and Accommodation (Editor’s Choice awards).

Community voting is underway and any bonus points will be updated when the results are in.

Travel Photography Contest Themes

Queen Elizabeth II Bridges Travel Photography Winter Travel Photography Landmarks Hotels and Accommodation Famous Lakes and Rivers

Autumn Travel Photography:
1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Priscilla Burgers and Stacey Brooks.

People Travel Photography:
1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Peteris Vaivars and Karen Wiles.

Travel and Transportation Photography:
1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to RicardMN Photography and Iryna Burkova.

Christmas Abroad Photography Contest:
No Bonus Points awarded.

Bridges Travel Photography:
1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Jane Linders and Iryna Burkova.

Winter Travel Photography:
1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Irina Hays and Inge Riis McDonald.

Landmarks Travel Photography:
1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Inge Johnsson and Ivan Slosar.

Hotels and Accommodation:
Voting in Progress.

Famous Lakes and Rivers:
Accepting Submissions.

► These Travel Photography Contests are sponsored by the Top Travel Pics Group on Fine Art America.

Travel Photographer Leaderboard

15 Points
Nikolyn McDonald: Omaha, NE.
Autumn (3), People (3), Bridges (3), Landmarks (3), Hotels (3).

Field Of Gold Pluie a Chartres Glen Canyon Dam Bridge The Nubble Old Taos Guesthouse

14 Points
Iryna Burkova: Alexandria, Virginia.
Transport (3+1), Christmas (3), Bridges (3+1), Winter (3).

Foggy Voyage Twas The Night Before Christmas Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in New Orleans Winter landscape in mountains with a deer

7 Points
Inge Johnsson: Frisco, TX.
Bridges (3), Landmarks (3+1).

Westminster Bridge at Night Taj Mahal In The Mist

Inge Riis McDonald: Nanaimo, Canada.
Transport (3), Winter (3+1).

Transportation in Victoria Frozen Peblinge Lake

6 Points
Ian Gledhill: Khon Kaen, Thailand.
People (3), Landmarks (3).

Juli Scalzi: Denver, CO.
Christmas (3), Hotels (3).

Landon Spady: Portland, OR.
Christmas (3), Winter (3).

Loree Johnson: On The Road, USA.
Autumn (3), Bridges (3).

Steve Harrington: Bolton, Canada.
People (3), Transport (3).

Tony Murtagh: Bicester, United Kingdom.
People (3), Transport (3).

2016 Travel Photography Contest Scoreboard.

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

Commissioned by Peter the Great, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is located inside the Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Peter and Paul Cathedral
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Peter and Paul Cathedral

Built on Zayachy Island, between 1712 and 1733, the cathedral’s bell tower is the world’s tallest Orthodox bell tower. It also acts as a lightning rod protecting the cathedral.

The cathedral houses the remains of most of the Russian emperors and empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II; including Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia for 34 years.

© Michel ☛ Travel Notes Photography ►


Boy Buddhist In Bodh Gaya

Young novice monk in maroon robe meditates beside candles in the afternoon sun at Mahabodhi Temple, India.

Boy Buddhist In Bodh Gaya
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Boy Buddhist in Bodh Gaya

A religious site and place of pilgrimage, Bodh Gaya (in Bihar State) is where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment; after meditating under the Bodhi tree, for 49 days.

For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha; something akin to Mecca for Muslims.

© Michel ☛ Travel Notes Photography ►


Champagne Sunset in Darwin

Romantic couple enjoying a glass of champagne under a Darwin palm tree, during sunset at the Top End of Australia.

Champagne Sunset in Darwin
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Champagne Sunset in Darwin

What better way to enjoy nature’s lightshow than clinking a glass of sparkly with the one you love.

The bubbles rise as the sun sets and the colour of romance reflects in the loving couple’s eyes.

Sunsets in Darwin are big business; from sunset cruises to the food and craft Sunset Market at Mindil Beach.

© Michel ☛ Travel Notes Photography ►


New Zealand Mt Cook

Located in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island, Mount Cook (Aoraki) is New Zealand’s highest peak.

New Zealand Mt Cook
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New Zealand Mt Cook

For many, an image of New Zealand might include the snow-capped mountain of Mt Cook, or sheep.

And they wouldn’t be far wrong.

One might have to be really lucky to be presented with a picture of both in the same frame though.

© Michel ☛ Travel Notes Photography ►


Bangkok Floating Market

Once a traditional way of life on the numerous waterways in and around Bangkok, the floating market is now popular with leisure seekers at weekends; something of a cultural spectacle for Thai tourists and foreigners alike.

Bangkok Floating Market
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Bangkok Floating Market

There are so many floating markets that travel bloggers devote pages to listing their favourites and a number of reasons why you should visit them.

When I was in Thailand’s capital, we didn’t have smart phones and Google Maps, so I asked a ‘tourist policeman’ where the nearest floating market was.

He stopped a young man on a moped, told him where to take me and gestured that I was not to pay him.

© Michel ☛ Travel Notes Photography ►


Guatemala – Mayans and Markets

Guatemala is a country of volcanoes, Mayans and colourful markets.

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This picture of two Mayan women strolling through an Indian market, with volcan San Pedro in the background, is a good representation of many a traveller’s favourite destination in Central America.

Framed by three volcanoes, Aldous Huxley described Lake Atitlan as ‘the most beautiful lake in the world’.

The tourist village of Panajachel is situated on the northern coast of the lake.

© Michel ☛ Travel Notes Photography ►


Brunei Mosque

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei.

Brunei Mosque
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Brunei Mosque

Built in 1958, the mosque is named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei. If you can’t remember his name though, most people will know what you mean if you say the ‘Brunei Mosque’.

Surrounded by an artificial lagoon the mosque’s most distinguishable feature is its golden dome; which reflects nicely in the pool of water.

© Michel ☛ Travel Notes Photography ►


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