The Expeditioner’s January Travel Photography Contest Winner

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Our first month of venturing into the world of travel photography is off to a great start, and choosing a winner amongst all the excellent submissions, as Matt put it, “is harder than I thought.”

This month’s winner comes from Jonny Gilbert, titled “Sunset at the Drum Tower.” What do we think? We dug the soft tones, subtle storylines, and the birds contrasting with the stillness of the dusk. “The birds are just so . . . yea . . . I definitely like Sunset at the Drum Tower.” Well said Luke, we all agree.

Here’s what photographer Jonny Gilbert has to say about his shot:

After a week in Tibet, we did a circuit of Chengdu, Xi’an, and, finally, Beijing, China. The photo was taken on top of the Beijing Gulou (Drum Tower) close to the end of our first day there. The birds were flying circles over the old Hutong District called, Dongcheng, just North of the Forbidden City. Gulou and the nearby Zhonglou (Bell Tower) were not a considered a “main” tourist attraction, and we only really went because we were close by, but it turned out to be a worthy trip. We had an impressive view of the Hutong and we also got to see a traditional drum performance in the Drum Tower.

To see more of Jonny’s work, head over to his flickr Page. Many thanks Jonny, we look forward to seeing more of your collection.

Just to remind you, this January TheExpeditioner started a flickr group allowing our readers to share their best travel photographs and a chance to have them considered for our monthly contest (are you a flickr member? Join us here!). Each month, we will be choosing our favorite photo to feature with the photographer’s thoughts behind the shot.

So head over to the group page, join us and submit your pics! If for no other reason, we’d like to see Luke fumble around with more reasons for choosing his favorite.

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