Awards 2012 - Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year
Natasha Martin - Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the YearThis category was judged on the entrantís entire portfolio of work entered into the awards across all categories.
The Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year receives two return economy class tickets to Rome travelling with Cathay Pacific plus $500 towards travel expenses and, and a 10 or 11 day Mediterranean cruise (depending on date chosen), provided by Celebrity Cruises on Celebrity Equinox, departing from Rome and sailing to destinations in Italy, the Greek Islands and Turkey.
Published in the Timaru Herald in July 2011 all of these images were taken by Natasha in India ©.
Natasha travelled to India in January 2011 as part of a Rotary Group Study Exchange. She was one of five young professionals aged between 25 and 40, who represented Rotary District 9980 during a month-long stay in Gujarat, India, the first New Zealand Rotary group to travel to India.
Taken at "Shri K L Institute for the Deaf" in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. The children, who are all hearing impaired, loved having their picture taken then viewing it on the playback screen on the back of my camera.
|Taken in Porbander, Gujarat. A free-roaming cow takes a rest in the old streets of Porbander. This image achieved a runner-up certificate in the Best Travel Image taken Outside New Zealand category.|
|Natasha Martin also gained a runner-up certificate for this image in the AA Directions Magazine Best Travel image with People Award. Taken in a slum housing area, Rajkot, Gujarat, India. The people living in these illegal housing slums are very proud and their houses are kept extremely clean. This hard working lady proudly stands outside her small home.|
|Taken inside "Bibi ka Maqbara" locally known as the 'mini Taj' located in Aurangabad, Maharastra, India. This image was entered in the AA Directions Magazine award for the Best Travel Image with People.|
|This entry won the Air Vanuatu and Mangoes Resort Award for the Best Series of Travel Images.|
A small glimpse of some of the living environments of India's people.
Top left: "Living on the Road" Narmada Bridge, completed in 1881, Bharuch, Gujarat. Holy people on a journey share the roads with motorists.
Top right: "Slum House Living" Rajkot, Gujarat. A woman stands proudly outside her house in the slums of Rajkot.
Bottom left: "Material Walls" outskirts of the little rann of Kutch, Gujarat. A farmer's daughter signals she is hungry by emerging from their home via the material drop in place of a wall.
Bottom right: "Living and begging in sacred sites" at the ancient Shivalaya Teerth, Ellora, Aurangabad, Maharashira. A beggar living at the bottom of the holy steps gestures for help.
Amos Chapple - Runner Up Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the YearThis image won the Auckland Airport Award for the Best Travel Image taken in New Zealand. Published in Te Araroa, A Walking guide. A hiker looks down the length of 90 mile beach at the head of the Te Araroa trail which stretches from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
|Amos Chapple also gained a Runner Up certificate in the Auckland Airport Award for the Best Travel Image taken in New Zealand. Published in North & South magazine in August 2011. Hunters in from the bush after a successful hunt near Te Hapua, in the Far North.|
|Amos entered this image in the Best Travel Image Taken In New Zealand. Published in Te Araroa, A Walking guide. Te Hapua, New Zealand's northern most town in early morning mist.|
|Entered in the inaugural NZ Maori Tourism Award for the Best Travel Image capturing the Essence of Maori. Published in North & South magazine in August 2011; players Hongi after an intense 'intertribal' rugby match in New Zealand's far north.|
|Entered in the Best Travel Image taken Outside New Zealand (and won the award) this image was published in the Guardian UK in September 2009. This double-decker living tree root bridge is in the village of Nongriat, in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya State in north eastern India.|
|Entered in the Best Travel Image taken Outside New Zealand. The Town of Ushguli in Georgia's upper Svaneti Region|
|This image was entered in the AA Directions Magazine Award for the Best Travel Image with People. Geghard Monastery, Armenia, a young Persian girl cups a shaft of sunlight cutting through the candle smoke inside the monastery. |
|This image was entered in the AA Directions Magazine Award for the Best Travel Image with People. Mtskheta, Georgia, Women gather around the sacred well inside Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.|
|This entry was a runner up in the Air Vanuatu and Mangoes Resort Award for the Best Series of Travel Images. Living tree root bridges of Meghalaya State, north eastern India. |
|This entry was entered in the Air Vanuatu and Mangoes Resort Award for the Best Series of Travel Images. Scenes from the Kukeri Festival in the town of Pernik, Bulgaria. |
|The Epson Award for the Best Unpublished Travel Image. Kurdish Shepherds walk their flocks out into the fields near Palangan Village in Iran's mountainous north west region.|
|The Epson Award for the Best Unpublished Travel Image. Palangan Village, in Iran's mountainous north western Kurdish region.|
|The Epson Award for the Best Unpublished Travel Image. A Persian woman walks under the arch of the Azadi (freedom) tower in Tehran.|
|Thank you to Cathay Pacific for your ongoing support of the awards and Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises for the fabulous prize.|