Big Picture competition 2015: Winner and finalists announced

The winning picture for the Big Picture competition 2015. Photo: Sally HintonSelecting from the best of travel images submitted, Fairfax photographic editors Mags King, Leigh Henningham and Fairfax photographer Steven Siewert have chosen a winner in the latest round of Traveller’s The Big Picture competition in association with Fairfax Media’s Clique Photographers Association.
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The shortlisted images for this round of judging in The Big Picture competition were nothing short of refreshing, according to the judges.

“There is a sense of the natural without being contrived and indicative of people being more comfortable with photography and in a world with temptations such as Instagram and filters there was very little trickery in terms of manipulation of the images.”

Thanks to all of our readers for the hundreds of entries, some of the best of which are shown here.

Congratulations to Sally Hinton, who will travel with a partner or friend to Japan, courtesy of Singapore Airlines (economy class), staying three nights at the Conrad Tokyo and two nights at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto with all breakfasts and a seven-day JR Rail Pass (ordinary class), courtesy of Singapore Airlines Holidays.

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Jane Reddy, deputy national editor, travel.THE WINNERDATELINE BOTSWANA, AFRICA

These impala bucks were frisky one winter’s morning, entertaining a baboon as they leapt about the water hole in the Mashatu Game Reserve. Sally HintonJUDGES’ COMMENT

Titled A Leap of Faith by its author, this image is playful and dynamic. It’s not unexpected to see a dramatic wildlife scene of a stampede, for example, entered into a photographic competition so it is quite refreshing to see a wildlife image that is clearly of a moment, an impala in flight with a single baboon as a spectator. The image creates a light-hearted scene that is balanced in composition – as though it was contrived, yet we know it could not have been. The frame is panoramic in shape which, if cropped, could have accentuated the moment but we feel that the space on the right balances the jaunty leap. The photographer has captured a great moment of travel. THE SHORTLISTED FINALISTSDATELINE: HIMBA VILLAGE, NORTHERN NAMIBIA, AFRICA

Photo: Jenny Fowler

“A fascinating image and interesting play on perspective with the hairdo and the wall.” DATELINE: ARNARSTAPI, ICELAND

Photo: Gordon Shaw

“So bleak and beautiful. The solitude and the placement of the house is a good composition and a nice change of pace in travel photography when there is often a bombardment of activity.” DATELINE: UOLEVA ISLAND, TONGA

Photo: Seb Maupas

“Physically and technically this can be a very difficult image to capture and the photographer has done very well. There’s emotion in the eyes of the calf. The serenity and beauty of the whale up close has been captured.” DATELINE: VARANASI, INDIA

Photo: Jane Sheers

“An intimate moment captured. Compared to the,usual rich colours of Varanasi it’s a beautifully sparse image.” DATELINE: SKAGAFOSS, ICELAND

Photo: James Stone

“Beautiful use of the shutter speed with a sense of scale and perspective.” DATELINE: ANTELOPE CANYON, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES

Photo: Todd Kennedy

“It’s a good use of colour at the right time and would’ve been helped to have a person or object to give a sense of size and scale.” DATELINE: LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA

Photo: Kathryn Soddy

“A playful and different wildlife pic showing another side of a wild animal’s life. The image is to the point with nothing to detract from it, with just the animal, grass and horizon.”

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