Competition, National Geographic Traveller, Photography in Paris

National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition 2013

A few months ago I entered into National Geographic Traveller’s 2013 photography competition.

The competition is split into a number of categories, including specific themes such as colour, action, faces, rural and urban. I selected the shot below and entered it into the urban category. I was recently informed by the editorial staff at the magazine that the photograph had won its category. I’m delighted to see the shot in print, and grateful to National Geographic Traveller’s judges for choosing it. I’m also very grateful to Isabelle – who kindly let me take her portrait, despite knowing nothing about me.

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Photography in France, Portraits, Sports Photography

Cannelle Bulard, or, ‘A Portrait of a Surfer’

I met Cannelle Bulard in the French town of Anglet at a restaurant on the beach, eating moules-frites and drinking ice-cold Coca Cola. She approached the table with her board before introducing herself. I then asked her a few questions and teased her about whether she was any good. She shyly informed her audience that she had travelled most of the world on tours and recently become champion of Europe. Needless to say, the teasing stopped.

This shot was taken just after she came out of the water later that day. She had been surfing for a few hours.

Portrait of a Surfer, Anglet, France, 2012

I have since licensed the shot to Rip Curl, who sponsor Cannelle, for use on their site here.

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controversial photographs, Photography in France, Photography in Paris, Saint-Michel, Street Photography

Street Photography II, or, ‘In the Metro’

This, the second post in a street photography series, focuses on the Parisian metro, and the characters found in it.

These are two of the more controversial photographs I’ve taken.

Man speaking to himself, Paris, France, 2011

Man urinating in metro, Paris, France, 2011

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