Travel photography: the freelance photographer has announced the winners of his 2022 competition (10 photos)

The Independent Photographer has just revealed the winners of its travel photography contest! Many images from over 30 different countries were reviewed and 10 winners and runners-up were selected by our esteemed judge Steve McCurry.

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for over three decades and has created a unique collection of work featuring some of the most famous images of our time. McCurry’s work spans conflict, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture – while always retaining the human element that made her famous image of the Afghan girl so powerful.

With countless exhibitions around the world under his belt, he has been honored with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographer’s Award and four first prizes without precedent of the World Press Photo.

McCurry has published over a dozen books, including The Iconic Photographs (2011), Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs (2013), Afghanistan (2017), and A Life in Pictures (2018).

This summer, we wanted to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its glory and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary: We wanted to share your journey, visually and intellectually!

We are delighted to present the images of 10 artists whose work shows an incredible level of talent. All full captions can be found on The Independent Photographer’s website.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

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Robi Chakraborty – 1st place. Price – $1,000

“Safina” – Haji Pir, India

“Portrait of a young girl called Safina, with her aunt, in her hut at Haji Pir.”

“This image contains most of the elements I look for in a successful photograph. For me, a successful portrait is one that captures what someone else’s life is like and says something about the human condition. I’m always drawn to a portrait that shows a natural situation and doesn’t feel too posed. The color palette is interesting and the light is indirect and soft. –Steve McCurry

David Keith Brown- 2nd place. Price – $600

“Eyelash Blasters” – Bangkok, Thailand, 2020

“Three women using hair dryers to cement their newly acquired eyelashes in Bangkok, Thailand.”

“For me, good photography is about telling stories, whether it’s portraits, human behavior or how we live on this planet. This image is a great example of an interesting study of human behavior. There is a bit of humor, mixed with a slice of real life. Unguarded moments like these always make for a compelling story. –Steve McCurry

Nicolas Castermans – 3rd place. Price – $400

“The Last Andean Cowboys” – Colombia

“Few people know that there are mountains and volcanoes rising to more than 5000 meters above sea level in several mountain ranges in Colombia. For centuries, the Colombians of these lands lived isolated, relatively far from civilisation. But with the development of the big cities further down the valleys, and the promise of a ‘better’ and more comfortable life, the way of life of these ‘Vaqueros’ – cowboys – is slowly disappearing. little by little.

“Nicolas Castermans’ depiction of a Colombian ‘Vaquero’ is a wonderful image that conveys the isolation and dignity of his rapidly fading culture. Beautifully framed, our subject is depicted in front of her grazing steed as if offering protection, while behind them the cloud-glazed verdant peaks – which the pair sail daily as one – fade to the horizon . – Publishers of independent photographers

Chiara Felmini – finalist

“Sacha” – Yamal Peninsula, Russia

“Inside the tents of the Nenets (Chum), the man ceases to be the undisputed leader, because this task falls to the woman. But Sacha’s gaze seems to emphasize that he knows all the questions and all the answers, inside and outside the Chum.

F. Dilek Uyar – finalist

“Sheep herds” – Bitlis, Turkey

“The dusty and arduous journey of flocks of sheep in Bitlis, Turkey. Flocks of sheep follow this dusty path to reach the highlands where they graze until mid-July after milking.

The number of sheep herds in Bitlis, Turkey is decreasing day by day. Animal owners who cannot receive state aid are turning to other sources of income by selling their animals. It could be that in 5 years we will no longer be able to take this kind of photos.

Felicia Simion – finalist

“Titicaca” – Peru

“Women playing volleyball on Lake Titicaca in Peru.”

Giulio Montini – finalist

“Untitled” – Java, Indonesia

“In Indonesia, on the island of Java, there is the Kawah Ijen volcano. In the crater of the volcano, these men extract sulphur. Hard and dangerous work. I spent a few hours with them to report.

Joanna Steidle – finalist


“The drone photo was taken just off Southampton, NY. It is of a school of menhaden fish and most likely spinner sharks.

Margo Ryan – finalist

“Return” – Madagascar

“Women come to help fishermen with their canoes as an impending storm approaches. The photo was taken in Madagascar.

Drew Hopper – finalist

“Untitled” – Bangladesh

The winner’s collection celebrates the work of all award-winning photographers capturing life in its most vivid forms. These unique and international artists are the best of the photographic scene and we are delighted to share their work.

Join us on Facebook, instagramand Twitter where we’ll share all of our favorite images from the competition.

This month we celebrate street photography of all styles and are looking for your most compelling examples!⁠ – Candid depictions of everyday life; prismatic hues among the gray of the city; subtle moments of joy, humor or love: we want to see YOUR streets!⁠

The deadline for submission is September 30, 2022.

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