Heritage Photo Competition – Winner and Runners-Up

In our inaugural photo competition, sponsored by Menzies Hotels, we were seeking amateur travel photographers to send us an original photograph that captured the atmosphere of a location relating to the competition theme: Heritage. The term Heritage could be interpreted widely, including architectural, cultural, historical and natural heritage.

We were delighted with the response. However, judging the 465 photographs received was difficult with many being of a very high standard. Nevertheless, the two judges were clear about the winning photograph. Picking just 20 runners-up was more difficult, so in the end 24 were selected, all outstanding pictures illustrating the heritage theme.

The Winner

The winning picture in our Heritage Photo Competition was taken by Phil Tomlinson in a small village just outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia, and shows a local food vendor.

Heritage Photo Competition - Local food vendor in village in Cambodia

The photographer is a trainee architect who took the picture whilst undertaking cultural studies in SE Asia. He told me that he that he stumbled across this beautiful little fishing village just outside of Siam Reap in Cambodia – the place and people were amazing. The way of life captured in the photograph is rapidly being lost.


The 25 runners-up are presented in random order – all are excellent pictures and all would have made worthy winners. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Poulnabrone, The Burren, County Clare, Ireland David Taylor – Poulnabrone, County Clare, Ireland

A photograph of the stunning dolmen portal tomb at Poulnabrone – The Hole of Sorrows – in the Burren region of County Clare.

Tuscany, Val d'OrciaFrancesco Riccardo Iacomino – Tuscany, Val d’Orcia, Italy

A beautiful sunrise over the beautiful Tuscan land, shot from a remote cultivated hill near Pienza.

Suwon, South Korea
Suwon, South Korea

Matt Seaver – Suwon, South Korea

This image was taken at Bongnyeongsa Temple in Suwon, South Korea. The temple is overseen by a group of Buddhist nuns, including the one seen meditating here.

St Paul's Cathedral

Teddy Duran – St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Here is St Paul’s Cathedral with the iconic Red Bus and trails.

Ollantaytambo, PeruLacie Williamson – Ollantaytambo, Peru

A group of Peruvian women demonstrate the art of dying their traditional textile: alpaca wool with natural dies made from local fruits, flowers and plants.

Ardington Oxfordshire

Danny Joyce – Ardington, Oxfordshire, England

A vintage Mansion in a local village. Such a peaceful place and a magnificent example of heritage.

Bagan, MyanmarZay Yar Lin – Bagan, Myanmar

The Bagan kingdom’s height was between the 11th and 13th centuries. Over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.

Blue Mountains, AustraliaPhilip Nundy – Blue Mountains, Australia

A cable-car crossing in the Blue Mountains.

Havana, CubaBill Boswell – Havana, Cuba

I enjoyed exploring the narrow streets of old Havana on a recent trip. For this photo I was fortunate to have some of the classic old American cars parked in one of the more scenic areas of the city.

EthiopiaMarie Agergaard – Ethiopia

This photo features two men sharing their lunches under a tree in the plains of Ethiopia.

Dubrovnik, CroatiaChris Hunt – Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is Onofrio’s fountain built in 1438 and a famous landmark in the stunning, walled city of Dubrovnik. I like the way the shape of the dome is reflected in the shape of the umbrellas of the visitors. The rain did not detract from the amazing architecture of the building. I think it enhanced it.

Bogota, ColombiaJose L Batista – Bogata, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia is known for its altitude. It’s situated at about 3000 meters. Here we see El Cerro de Monserrate, which is about 3200 meters high. This is an iconic monument which doubles as a pilgrimage for many Colombians.

Karbala, IraqFaisal Husain – Karbala, Iraq

A funeral takes place in the central Shrine of Imam Hussain, in Karbala. By the various clothes of the people walking towards the sign, Muslims from multiple countries are represented.

Kolkata , West Bengal , IndiaAnjan Ghosh – Kolkata, India

These are Chatt Puja celebrations taking place in the Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata, in which people offer obeisance to the Sun God.

Lake of Ioannina, GreeceEugenia Mastora – Lake of Ionnina, Greece

A long time ago, a beautiful lady from Ioannina, named Kira-Frosini was drowned by the Turkish Ali-Pasa in the Lake of Ioannina. It is said that fishermen in old times used to throw sugar in the water, in order to make her soul feel more sweet and calm…The Lake of Ioannina is the lake of myths and glories…

Machu Picchu, PeruJoe Cunnane – Machu Picchu, Peru

Some places just embody heritage in every sense, and Machu Picchu is one such. This was taken early in the morning and I love the swirling mists, low sun and group of onlookers to give scale.

222B Ha Giang province - VietnamNguyen Huu Thong – Ha Giang, Vietnam

Dong Van old quarter – 100 years old – located in Ha Giang. With the ancient architecture, it still keeps intact contour. The old quarter is the pride of people here. The lifestyle and daily life of ethnic people, such as: Kinh, Tay, H’Mong, Hoa, is very impressive.

Paro,BhutanSujan Sarkar –  Paro, Bhutan

Tsechu (literally “day ten”) are annual religious Bhutanese festivals of Buddhism .This Mask Dance celebration of the festival is in front of the vast crowd sitting in the lap of the beautiful valley of Bhutan. They believe that these masked dances remove the fear of hell from their heart.

Tamil NaduHarish Venkatraman – Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Jallikattu, is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu (India) as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day. Annually, Jallikattu is held from January to July, played first in world-famous Palamedu, near Madurai on January 15 followed by “Alanganallur-jallikattu” in Alanganallur, near Madurai on 16 January.

Dubrovnik (Croatia)Daniel Pavlinovic – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Its total population is 42,615. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. This photo is taken during a severe thunderstorm.

PalestineRamez Habboub – Palestine

Palestinian children celebrating the Day Palestinian heritage.‏

Angkor Wat, CambodiaAndrew Sole – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Taken at Banteay Srey Temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia in the late afternoon.

River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Anthony Morris – The River Clyde, Glasgow Scotland

The Finnieston Crane is a disused giant cantilever crane in the centre of Glasgow. It is retained as a symbol of the city’s engineering heritage as is the newly built Clyde Arc “squinty’ Bridge.

Parelheiros, BrazilAna Caroline de Lima – Parelheiros, Brazil

There are about 900 Guarani indians living at a tribe in Parelheiros, extreme south of Sao Paulo, Brazil. These indians are forced to live in dangerous conditions. Some of them live in small villages like this one, with no electric power at all. Others live on road-sides, or in overcrowded reserves and all of them face malnutrition, poor health and alcoholism.