Some Things For Your Eyes

National Geographic is coming our way and they're bringing photos

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What's the job offer you've secretly pre-written your resignation for? Food critic or travel photographer? As we spend an inordinate amount of time restaurant sampling, we're going to have to go with the latter. And when it comes to the competition, this weekend you can join us in seeing precisely what you'd be up against, with the National Geographic Traveller Winner's Photography Exhibition. Snappy name, no? Here's but a cruel teaser of what to expect.

Fisherman on Inle Lake, Burma - Jeremy Flint (Grand-prize winner)

A leg rowing fisherman (yep, that's a thing) demonstrates his technique whilst balancing on the waters of South East Asia. Seen through a cone-shaped fishing net, the image shows the strength, balance and paddling skill required to navigate the lake, mastered by fishermen from childhood. The conical nets are submerged in the water to catch and spear fish (through the hole at the top), which are later sold at market to the local Intha people. You've forgotten all this already, haven't you?

The Harsh Life of the Arctic - Agnes Proud

After some debate in the gold-plated offices of I Choose Birmingham, we decided that whilst kind of on The Revenant side of the gore-dar, this chillingly calm shot of a polar bear guarding his kill, was at its core an awe-filled look at survival and deserving of a spot. Sealing the fate of a bearded seal, the young male fell asleep after this scene was captured, in the pack-ice north of Spitsbergen, the only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway.

Sunrise & Stupas - Gail Henshaw

If you think you're winning at phone photography, you're yet to meet Gail Henshaw. Snapped from her mobile, she took a tuk-tuk at 5am, to capture some sunrise shots of the sacred city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. Other than spying a local fisherman checking up on his nets, the UNESCO World Heritage Site was completely quiet. The sacred Buddhist dome (stupa) of Ruwanwelisaya is far right and the broken stupa of Jetavanaramaya towards the centre of the image. But then, you knew that.

Looking over to Urquhart Bay Harbour - Margaret Soraya
Part of a series of four images taken at Borlum Bay in Loch Ness, Margaret Soraya wanted to show the atmosphere and serenity of the Loch through her Nikon D800. To achieve images that go beyond a mere recording of place and capture the essence and spirit of the location. Soraya waited for low mist on an early October morning with minimal wind, to allow the mist to linger.
Catch the National Geographic Traveller - Winner's Photography Exhibition in partnership with CEWE Photobook and Capture Birmingham at Hotel du Vin's Krug Suite on Saturday March 19 between 11am and 4pm. Free entry

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(Top image: David Godfrey)



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