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Moscow Kremlin in Winter

December 4th, 2016

Moscow Kremlin in Winter

Outside the Russian Kremlin in Moscow. It is a sunny day in late winter. There is no longer snow on the ground but it is still very cold and spring feels a long way off.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Moscow Kremlin in Winter.

Moscow


The lack of foliage on the trees allows us to see through to the golden onions of the Russian Kremlin Churches - the Assumption and Annunciation Cathedrals (left) and Archangel's Cathedral (centre).

The Ivan the Great Bell Tower - said to mark the exact centre of Moscow - is the tall golden dome on the right.

In Russia, the word Kremlin implies a medieval, inner-city fortress. In earlier times it would have probably meant a fortified town, or town surrounded by a wall.

There are therefore a number of kremlins in Russia; although when we talk about The Kremlin, we usually mean where the workings of power take place in the Russian capital, Moscow.

As well as being the official working residence of the Russian President, the Moscow Kremlin also houses Russia's main museum.

The outer red brick wall of the Moscow Kremlin was built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries; replacing the earlier fire hazard, made of wood.

The tower on the left is The Secret (Tainitskaya) Tower and to the left of that is The Grand Kremlin Palace.

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Tourists in Budapest

December 4th, 2016

Tourists in Budapest

Technology has changed the way we do things as young tourists to Europe's capital cities no longer admire the sights but flip out an iPad to frame a quick selfie of themselves and share it online almost instantly; most likely with GPS information automatically geotagged to the image.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Tourists in Budapest.

Budapest

These two girls were enjoying themselves up on Budapest's Fisherman's Bastian, but I doubt the Danube made it into the frame.

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Skiing in Aspen, Colorado

December 4th, 2016

Skiing in Aspen, Colorado

Skiing Ruthie's Run in Aspen, Colorado; one of the classic Downhill runs in North America. Aspen Mountain, known locally as Ajax, was founded in 1946; as the first ski area venture of the Aspen Skiing Company. Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Skiing in Aspen, Colorado.

Skiing in Aspen

Ruthie Humphries made the initial $5,000 donation that enabled Aspen to host the first major international alpine ski championship held in North America; the 1950 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships.

In 1987, on a warm, sunny spring day in the mountains of Colorado, Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen (already the overall winner for the Ski World Cup series) made history in Aspen; by winning both the men's downhill and the giant slalom.

He was followed in second and third places by Swiss teammates Daniel Mahrer and Karl Alpiger.

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Travel Photographer of The Year 2016

December 4th, 2016

Travel Photographer of The Year 2016

Win a year's free hosting for your travel images on Fine Art America.

Yes folks, that's the prize up for grabs at the end of 2016 in our Travel Photographer of the Year contest; and it's free to enter!



We've talked about this before in our Top Travel Pics Group discussions; I just needed to work out the fine details and get the timing right.

The suggestion was to create a number of keyword subject contests over the coming year, with competing photographers earning points in each contest as they work towards a final score.

Some of the travel photographers in our group helped refine the keyword suggestions.

An image entered in one our travel photography contests should not be entered in another, so I didn't want too much overlap in the keywords used.

Still subject to change, the proposed keyword gallery contests will be chosen from:

Animals, Architecture, Autumn, Beaches, Boats, Bridges, Castles, Cities, Coastal, Cycling and Cyclists, Doors, Festivals, Food and Drink, Fountains, Historic, Hotels, Lakes and Rivers, Landmarks, Landscapes, Markets, Museums, Mountains, Nightlife, People, Reflections, Religious Buildings, Rural, Seascape, Spring, Sports, Streets, Summer, Sunsets, Towns, Transport, Trees, Up Close, Urban, Village Life, War Graves and Battlefields, Waterfalls, Windows, Winter.

I was thinking about three contests a month (on the 1st, 11th and 21st) but have decided to settle on two a month.

The travel photography contests should start on the 1st and 16th of each month and run for fourteen days, with seven days open to voting.

The Autumn Travel Photography contest will be used to kick off the series.

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Travel Photographer of The Year 2016
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Scoring.

Up for grabs is three points for an Editor's Choice award and a bonus point if an image was taken specifically for the contest and posted in the contest's discussion thread in the Top Travel Pics forum.

One (People's Choice) point will also be awarded to an image near the top of the Winners leaderboard (with at least five votes) when public voting is finished.

Photographers may invite people to visit the contest to vote but not specifically ask them to vote on their entries.

The travel photography contest is open to anyone with photos hosted on Fine Art America. If you're not a member, create your own artist website (for free).

A free account allows you to host 25 images; which will cover two entries a month for the next twelve months.

Our travel photography contests are sponsored by the Top Travel Pics group. All contest entrants are encouraged to join our community discussions.

Travel Photography Contest Themes

Queen Elizabeth II Bridges Travel Photography Winter Travel Photography Landmarks Hotels and Accommodation Famous Lakes and Rivers Village Life Colourful Markets Landscapes Clifton Beach - Cape Town, South Africa St Petersburg, Russia Armenian Prayer Beads Brunei Mosque World War One Trench Cycling and Cyclists 2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Contest

2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score.

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Vegan Suede Cushions - Snuggle Up With Free UK Delivery From Wraptious

December 4th, 2016



Wraptious - a Manchester-based, award-winning creative community and shop, supporting artists and illustrators with a small share of the profits - is looking for new artists to showcase.

I chose to submit three images from Around The World: New York, Sydney and Vietnam.

If you live in the UK and would like to snuggle up to these vegan suede cushions while you dream of distant shores, then you can profit from free shipping.

New York



New York

Liberty Island is a federally owned island in Upper New York Bay, best known as the location of the Statue of Liberty.

The copper statue was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and built by Gustave Eiffel.

A gift to the United States from the people of France, the colossal neoclassical sculpture was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

The statue is of a robed female figure bearing a torch and a a tablet evoking the law upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence; July 4, 1776.

Sydney



Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House (UNESCO World Heritage site) at dusk, taken from an interesting perspective on Olympic Drive.

This photo was used on the cover of Nomadic Gatherings: Travels in Asia and Australia.

Vietnam



Vietnam

Two Vietnamese women wearing the traditional conical hat (Non La) to protect themselves from the sun while working knee-deep in paddy fields outside Hue, along the central coast of Vietnam.

The word 'paddy' is derived from the Malay word padi, rice plant.

Free International Shipping

If you buy all three cushions, bringing your basket size to £50 or more, Wraptious will even ship to anywhere in the world - for free.

But get in quick; the cushions entered in competition are available to purchase for a limited time only.

Competition Voting: New York - Sydney - Vietnam

Eight artists will be shortlisted based on points, gained from either Facebook likes (1 point) or cushion sales (50 points).

Points will count through to November 13th, so even if you don't have the money to buy you can still visit your favourites and give them a Facebook Like.

A further five short-listed entries will be chosen by Wraptious.

These entries will then be shared with a panel of over 30 expert judges from trade and retail across the United Kingdom.

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People Travel Photography

December 4th, 2016

People Travel Photography

People photos may be of celebrities or complete strangers, paparazzi pics or a form of documentary photography; where a street photographer tries to capture a visual moment and convey something of a person's story like a photojournalist.

Many photographers seem to think of travel photography as focusing on landscapes and buildings; maybe even playing around with a tripod to get everything looking just right.

But some of the best travel photography is of the people in the places we travel to; candid photos of the locals doing things, often in the street or place of work.

Good candid photography attempts to capture people acting naturally; blind to the camera, unaware of the photographer, and probably not looking directly in the lens.

Best of People Travel Photography

Pluie a Chartres Buddhist Nun Sifting Rice Tibetan refugee Maasai Dancers Baby in Peru Street Artist Fun at the Opera Street Singer in Milan Bombay Smile Jump for Joy Reefer Lady Manolito Long Necked Karen San Blas Native Nepalese Potter Alone

The People Travel Photography Contest is a part of the 2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Competition.

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Daily Travel Photos - January 2016

December 4th, 2016

Daily Travel Photos - January 2016

With 2016 being a Leap Year uploading a daily travel photo would become something of a Project 366.

Although it was already January 2nd in Europe, I managed to upload the first photo before midnight on January 1st, Eastern United States time.

Travel Photography on Demand.

From Russia With Love Cuba Calle in Havana Cuba Saint Petersburg, Russia Suzhou Canals, China Sydney Harbour Bridge Forbidden City, Beijing http://pics.travelnotes.org/featured/soviet-railway-emblem-travel-pics.html Piggy Went To Market Armenian Art in The Park Guilin Limestone Peaks Head Carrying in Mozambique Plaza de Ponchos - Otavalo, Ecuador Samarkand, Uzbekistan Hermitage Staircase Kota Bahru Indoor Market Skiing In Aspen, Colorado Lake Titicaca Reed Boats Stonehenge Tea In Tashkent Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Brunei Mosque Guatemala Markets and Volcanoes Bangkok Floating Market New Zealand Mt Cook Champagne Sunset in Darwin, Australia Boy Buddhist in Bodh Gaya Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

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Selfies Around The World

December 4th, 2016

Selfies Around The World

Red Wine Glass

Reflecting on a glass of red wine beside the River Danube, in Linz (Austria).

I've been submitting a selection of my royalty and travel photography images to EyeEm since Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.

During my first week on the site, I have discovered some very talented photographers; while browsing through the awesome photo collections EyeEm members have collectively assembled.

I've also been impressed by the generous nature of EyeEm photographers toward each other and the hours of hard work the whole EyeEm team put in daily; to highlight Market Trends and provide the Community with regular Features, Missions and Tutorials that can only help us improve our lens craft, gain more exposure and sell image licenses to photo buyers.

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Been There Done That - Around The World in Words and Pictures

December 4th, 2016

Been There Done That - Around The World in Words and Pictures

The trouble with using an interactive web application to generate a map of where we've been is that it tends to fill in colours of the whole country or state that we've travelled to, or through (light brown in this example) even if we haven't really covered that much territory on the planet itself.

Of the 120 countries or so that I've visited, some were really only border regions so the map of my travels does look a lot more impressive than it really is.



A cities visited map gives a much better indication of where we’ve really been to, but it takes so much longer to click on all the place names; so long, that I haven't found the time to complete mine. I guess I never will; there's just too many cities I've visited, in almost half a century of travel.

Then there's the question of how much we can actually remember of the places we've visited and how much has been clouded by the passing of time.

Thankfully I always kept Travel Notes on my voyage of discovery and used a camera to caputre images of the places I visited; although much of the material still has to be digitalised.

Even all the postcards I used to send home, when hitch-hiking around Europe as a teenager, help me remember the good times on the road and bring the places back to life; although my handwriting wasn't always at its best.

Something I've been meaning to do for a long time is to better curate my travels.

People often ask me how I managed to visit so many countries and I've even surprised myself at how much they've all added up over time.

I've always been interested in maps, I guess, and when I travel somewhere I prefer doing as much as possible overland; to better help me appreciate the geography of the place.

I am a frequent traveller, but by no means a frequent flyer. I'm much more comfortable in a train station than an airport; even service stations are more refreshing.

This page will be used as something of an index as I attempt to look back and map out where I've been on my travels, and maybe even inspire you to visit somewhere new.

Feel free to share where you've been or where you'd like to visit in the comments.

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2016 Royal Collection

December 4th, 2016

2016 Royal Collection

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, will be 90 on 21st April, 2016. To celebrate we've put together this special Royal Collection.

At the age of 25, Princess Elizabeth became Queen when her father passed away, while she was staying in a remote part of Kenya; on Wednesday, 6th February 1952.

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in Westminster Abbey on 2nd June, 1953.

Fine Art America might not offer calendars for sale but some of my wall calendar photos are available as museum-quality prints or beautiful throw pillows.

Her Majesty The Queen studies the horses before the race.

Racing Queen

2016 Royal Calendar.

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Princess Anne Queen Tea Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth at The Derby The Mall Polo Prince
HRH Princess Royal Trooping The Colour Cnoc Na Cuille Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh
All photographs copyright Michel Guntern (Travel Pics).

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