Welcome to the 36th edition of our weekly Travel Photography Competition. Every Sunday we post here the three pictures, sent by our contributing photographers, which were the most popular among our readers and received the biggest number of likes on our Facebook page. This week we’ve got a fresh selection of photos published between 5th and 12th March.
This week the most popular theme turned out to be the northern lights and two of our winning photos show this beautiful phenomenon. The jaw-dropping spectacle of light and colour, which can be observed in high latitude regions of the planet, is nothing more than energy charged particles, coming from the solar wind, which collide with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere when pulled towards the Earth by its magnetic field. In southern hemisphere the phenomenon is called aurora australis or the southern lights. It doesn’t surprise me that in medieval Europe people believed it to be a sign from God, it’s truly a divine sight!
The first winning picture in this week competition comes from Siglufjörður, Iceland. This small fishing town, which grew on the herring industry reached its peak in 1950′s when it was populated by over 3000 people. Now, when the herring are gone, the town has only 1200 people prepared to live in its coarse northern climate. Despite the weather, it looks like a beautiful place to live, anyhow!
This stunning photo was sent by Fróði Brinks, who specialises in northern lights shots. To see more of his beautiful pictures, visit his Facebook page Fr brinks photography and his Flickr photostream. More aurora pictures in our galleries you can find here.
The second winning photo was taken near Tromsø, Norway. It’s the second largest city within the Arctic Circle (following Murmansk, Russia). The major part of the city, including its centre, is set on a small island called Tromsøya. It contains the biggest [collection of wooden houses in northern Norway.
This beautiful shot was sent by Eric Alexandre. As he describes himself he is a “freelance photographer, [who] will shoot anything and everything. Born in France and grew up in Belgium, Ecuador and Venezuela before moving to the US for college, travel was ingrained into me from an early age. I picked up my first D-SLR in 2004 to document my travels, and looking to expand my photography I ventured into the world of fashion in 2007. I currently shoot with a Canon 5D Mk II.“
If you like this photo, make sure you follow his Facebook page Eric Alexandre Photography.
And the last winning photo in this week’s competition was taken in Meols, in North West England, UK. It’s a small village located on the northern coast of the Wirral Peninsula whose name derives from the Old Norse for “sand dunes”. It’s mostly a residential town with a small yacht and fishing community on the Irish Sea coast. However, some important archaeological findings suggest that it used to be an important area in the Neolithic period.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s edition of the competition, either by sending or by voting for the pictures! We wish you nice end of the weekend!
What are Travel Photography Contribution Weeks?
Each week we publish the three pictures which got the most “likes” on our Facebook page giving the photographers the credit they deserve.
Visit our Travel Photography page to see all the previous winning photos and find out how you can participate.
If your pictures are among this week’s selection, feel free to link to our website and tell your friends about it.
Keep sending your photos and travel safe!
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