Winners 20/21

Winners Gallery

MIPA Travel Award 2020/21

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With thousands of submissions from all over the world, we are proud to finally announce the winners for our MIPA Travel Award 2020/21, with the first ever MIPA Travel Photographer of the Year.

WINNER

Morocco

MINKO MIHAYLOV

The Sahara Desert, Morocco, right after sunrise.

2ND PLACE

Healing
GANJAR MUSTIKA

The Mee tribe is one of the tribes in Papua who live in the central mountains of West Papua, Indonesia. They have a lot of local wisdom that makes them live in community harmony. One of the local wisdoms is magical wisdom. People live together in a natural environment. They believe that something has hidden strengths and weaknesses. The life of the Mee tribe is among the large tribes in the Central Mountains region, Nabire, Papua, Indonesia. To fulfill their livelihood, they hunt animals in the forest, including bats, plant sweet potatoes, taro, raise pigs and look for lake fish. Disease sometimes arises from prey such as bats to cause death.

3RD PLACE

Harvesting Water Lily KHANH PHAN

In the high water season in southern Vietnam, special Kien Tuong, Moc Hoa, Long An province, water lilies thrive. Waterlily is a flower growing in many rivers and lakes, both beautiful for this land, as well as a favorite food of indigenous people and tourists. During the high water season, women use a boat to collect water lilies, a job that has been practiced for a long time in southern Vietnam. They were taught boating from a young age. They pick the flowers, wash them, take them to the market or make family food. There are many tourists who come to Southern Vietnam to experience the feeling of boating along the rivers...and they can see these images.

TOP 5

Zen at Sea
EDDY VERLOES

The series “Losing Our Minds” was taken at the beginning of the corona crisis 2020. Man loses his mind because a stormy situation presents itself that is new and challenging him. These are photos of ultra-Orthodox Jews who can enjoy their freedom in an unorthodox way in the storm (of their) lives and escape the lockdown.

TOP 5

Praying
RUDY OEI

Photograph taken on Mt. Bromo, East Java, Indonesia.

TOP 15

Bamboo Basket Seller

HOANG LONG LY

The most well known of Tat Vien village, a country side not so far from Hanoi, was the bamboo basket for fishing. That traditional craft has been handed from generation to generation, when the baskets were completely done, the villager loaded on the bycles and moved around to sell.

TOP 15

The Color of Floating Market

GUNARTO SONG

Lok Baintan Floating Market is one of the traditional floating markets in South Kalimantan (Indonesia) that is still active until today and is one of the tourist destinations.

TOP 15

Traditional Polish 'Redyk'

BARTLOMIEJ JURECKI

The picture was taken in Maniowy, Southern Poland. Redyk is a traditional annual march of shepherds with a flock of sheep. Every summer sheep are taken for few months high up to the mountains for grazing. In October sheep are taken down back to the villages to survive the winter in the farms. The big coming back is much celebrated. Shepards lead the herd through the villages and locals welcomes them with music and cheers.

TOP 15

I Love India

JAVIER ARCENILLAS

The image of the untouchables sleeping through the cities of Kolkata every night is startling and frightening. A third of the population of this Indian city lives on the streets and every day a human mantle fills the corners and the asphalt of entire families that spend the night in the cold and wet ground with rats, crows and garbage.

TOP 15

The Last Frontier

AMIT ESHEL

I visited Katmai National park in Alaska in early October this year and was overwhelmed by the diversity and beauty of remote living environment. For over a decade, the threat of a huge, open-pit copper and gold mine has loomed over the heart of pristine salmon spawning territory in Bristol Bay, Alaska. On Nov. 25, 2020, the Army Corps denied a key permit for Pebble Mine, essentially finding that the mine would cause significant degradation to the surrounding environment. I believe that by showing people the sheer beauty of what we may loose can motivate to act for conservation before causing an irreversible disaster.

TOP 15

Go for Fight

PANOS LASKARAKIS

In East Africa, every summer takes part the most impressive phenomenon in Nature! The Great Wildebeest Migration shuffles violently every grain of the African continent, blowing the mind of the thousands of nature's enthusiasts! The zebra is ready to cross the Masai Mara river in the chaos!

TOP 15

The Boy from the Mountain

VLADIMIR KARAMAZOV

In the small villages in the Rhodope Mountains there are many children who are happy and live in nature. This life teaches them to protect nature and feed on it. These are the few places where man is in harmony with nature.

TOP 15

At the Beginning of the Day

MUHAMMAD AMDAD HOSSAIN

At the end of the night, at the beginning of the day, in the winter morning, the people of the village are rushing to their workplaces. Traditional cow cart, bicycle or someone walking to work. 90% of the people here are involved in agriculture. Picture taken from a village in Rangpur city of Bangladesh.

TOP 15

Northern Lights

FRANTISEK TOTH

Lofoten Islands

TOP 15

The Ardah

NILLES LAURENT

Traditional horse race show in Oman.

Flamingos

During the rainy season the beautiful flamingos adorn the Rift Valley with their long-legs, long-neck, black beak, and pink feathery coats. It is indeed feasting to our eyes we will feel like we are at a beauty pageant. Unfortunately, recent climate changes aren’t favorable for these delicate beauties, and their numbers are gradually decreasing.
Something different about these birds is their feeding style, they feed with their head upside down. The lower beak is fixed, and the top one is able to move which is the opposite of most birds, but perfectly adapted for upside-down eating the way that flamingos do. The beak has a filtration system that allows them to strain the food from the sand, under the water.
I was fortunate enough to spend a good time clicking as many pictures as I could because everything out there was a unique frame for me as you can see in the picture.

Etosha Pan

Etosha, meaning ‘Great White Place’ is made of a large mineral pan. The pan is believed to have developed through tectonic plate activity over about ten million years and around 16,000 years ago, when ice sheets were melting across the landmasses of the Northern Hemisphere, a wet climate phase in southern Africa filled Etosha Lake. Today however the Etosha Pan is mostly dry clay mud split into hexagonal shapes, but still, we can see a thin sheet of water is covering it. In this image, you can see the reflection of Giraffe`s standing on the opposite side of this water collection and in this frame, you can also witness the beautiful magical evening light that added additional scenic beauty.

La Guala

Portrait of “Guala”, transsexual and protagonist of the documentary photobook “Paracetamol and Ibuprofen” in the town where she lives.
“Guala” not only has to fight against discrimination because of her sexual condition, but also because of her own companions, since she is known for being the “ugly” of the place. Women and even families also live in the place, but being a place which has practically no electricity, drinking water and where drug use occurs at any time, it makes community life very difficult to cope with, especially because of The diseases.

In the image, a portrait of Guala, after smoking crack, in one of the common spaces of the city …

Rancagua, Chile

Display Of Joy

It was my dream to get such a click in this background. I had literally visited the same spot for 5 consecutive days to get this frame. My brother had accompanied me for this trip and we were out in the location looking for the Humpback whale breach. I was very particular if it occurs it has to be in a place with good background so we were mainly focusing on this area as it had a very good scenic beauty. Our room and rented car was available only for 4 days, at the end of 4 th day I told my brother I am staying back until I get the desired frame. My main challenge was there was no rooms available and we had to return the car as well on that day, so my only option was sit in front of the information centre which had a public toilet which they don’t close it. I went ahead and checked with them if it was okay to sit there, they said it`s okay. My brother who is also a doctor by profession couldn’t extend his leave and had to return the same day. So I was all alone in the location but towards late evening somehow I managed to book a room in a nearby hotel which I got due to a last minute cancellation. The next day I got out to the
bay and I saw this beauty breaching couple of times exactly way I wanted and I got this frame. Patience and hard work is definitely needed to achieve your desired frame.

Emperor Penguin Parenting

The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica. The male and female are similar in plumage and size. These flightless birds breed in the winter. After a courtship of several weeks, a female emperor penguin lays one single egg then leaves! Each penguin egg’s father balances it on his feet and covers it with his brood pouch, a very warm layer of feathered skin designed to keep the egg cozy. There the males stand, for about 65 days, through icy temperatures, cruel winds, and blinding storms. Finally, after about two months, the females return from the sea, bringing food they regurgitate, or bring up, to feed the now hatched chicks. The males eagerly leave for their own fishing session at sea, and the mothers take over care of the chicks for a while. As the young penguins grow, adults leave them in groups of chicks called crèches while they leave to fish. Five years later, if they survive in their ocean, the young penguins will return to become parents themselves. There is a reason for the timing of emperor penguins’ hatching. By December, when the Antarctic weather has warmed somewhat, the ice the penguins occupy begins to break up, bringing open waters closer to the nesting sites.
I was literally lying flat on the floor while I was shooting this image. Why I did this is because when we go lower than their height they feel less scared of being around us. Hence they opted to spend a good amount of time beside me and I was lucky enough to capture some beautiful shots. On this particular trip, I had walked an average of 8 hours per day in search of a perfect frame.

Don of the Jungle

The name orangutan means “man of the forest” in the Malay language. The Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) can weigh up to 200 pounds. Flanged males have prominent cheek pads called flanges and a throat sac used to make loud verbalizations called long calls. They mainly feast on wild fruits like lychees, mangosteens, and figs, and slurp water from holes in trees. The loss of their habitat is a big threat to their existence. They spend nearly their entire lives in trees—swinging in tree tops and building nests for sleep. Rapid deforestation and devastation of their habitat is a major threat to their existence. The Bornean orangutan is listed as Endangered and numbers approximately 41,000.
Borneo is a photographers paradise I really enjoyed shooting them in untouched part of the world. But it was equally challenging as reaching few spots in Borneo as it is a difficult and complicated too.

Fun For All Ages

Shooting the most common is the most challenging thing. Langurs are very common but waiting for a right movement is very challenging and needs lots of patience. It was an afternoon and a group of black-footed grey langurs were sitting on a tree. But this playful infant was enjoying the family time and was playing with his parents by swinging on their tails and falling down and then immediately climbing back and starting all over again. His mother was taking little notice of the activity and other adolescents were tolerating the attention- seeking acrobatics.
Langurs are very social and youngsters play as often as they can. Acrobatic play is probably a way of practising tree-living and eventually helps them to develop strong bones and muscles. Playing also helps them to develop social bond and communication skills.
I could only get this frame in that trip but I am more than happy with this picture – A playful monkey with its family is a special frame for me. Moreover photography to me is not about quantity it is more of a quality and a story telling frame which can put a smile on someone’s heart.

An Emperor Penguin with kids

The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica. The male and female are similar in plumage and size. These flightless birds breed in the winter. After a courtship of several weeks, a female emperor penguin lays one single egg then leaves! Each penguin egg’s father balances it on his feet and covers it with his brood pouch, a very warm layer of feathered skin designed to keep the egg cozy. There the males stand, for about 65 days, through icy temperatures, cruel winds, and blinding storms. Finally, after about two months, the females return from the sea, bringing food they regurgitate, or bring up, to feed the now hatched chicks. The males eagerly leave for their own fishing session at sea, and the mothers take over care of the chicks for a while. As the young penguins grow, adults leave them in groups of chicks called crèches while they leave to fish. Five years later, if they survive in their ocean, the young penguins will return to become parents themselves. There is a reason for the timing of emperor penguins’ hatching. By December, when the Antarctic weather has warmed somewhat, the ice the penguins occupy begins to break up, bringing open waters closer to the nesting sites.
I was literally lying flat on the floor while I was shooting this image. Why I did this is because when we go lower than their height they feel less scared of being around us. Hence they opted to spend a good amount of time beside me and I was lucky enough to capture some beautiful shots. On this particular trip, I had walked an average of 8 hours per day in search of a perfect frame.