< The Big Picture Photography Competition: Best of 2012 by Telegraph

The Big Picture Photography Competition: Best of 2012 by Telegraph

 

Almost five years ago Telegraph launched the Big Picture competition, inviting readers of the Daily Telegraph to send them photographs depicting all that is weird and wonderful in the world of travel. Since then they have received tens of thousands of responses.

As they approach the competition’s 250th round in early 2013, the standard of entries continues to delight and impress them. Currently the competition is only open to those aged 18 years of age and over but next year will also see an opportunity for younger readers to get involved in the competition for the first time. See telegraph.co.uk/travel in the spring for more details.

 


Eleanor Scriven of Wingerworth, Derbyshire, won round 210 of the competition with this image of an elephant seal letting off steam at Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands.

Eleanor Scriven of Wingerworth, Derbyshire, won round 210 of the competition with this image of an elephant seal letting off steam at Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands.

This ethereal image of a street peformer in Yalta, Ukraine saw Joe Harrold of Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, win round 212

This ethereal image of a street peformer in Yalta, Ukraine saw Joe Harrold of Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, win round 212

Ben Stevens of Claypath, County Durham, won round 231 with this mesmerising image of the bloodshot stare of a man living on the streets in Sri Lanka.

Ben Stevens of Claypath, County Durham, won round 231 with this mesmerising image of the bloodshot stare of a man living on the streets in Sri Lanka.

An American bald eagle attempting to take to the skies in Florida saw Brian Birkenhead of London win round 194

An American bald eagle attempting to take to the skies in Florida saw Brian Birkenhead of London win round 194

Colin Cameron of Stornoway won round 198 with this image of a torch to rival the Northern Lights, Isle of Lewis

Colin Cameron of Stornoway won round 198 with this image of a torch to rival the Northern Lights, Isle of Lewis

Round 229 was won by Ian Lewry of Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire, for this image of a stag greeting the dawn in Richmond Park, London

Round 229 was won by Ian Lewry of Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire, for this image of a stag greeting the dawn in Richmond Park, London

Jack Halliday of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, won the 200th round of the competition with this image of a street scene in India. Commenting on the winning entry at the time, Joe Plimmer, picture editor of Ultratravel, the Daily Telegraph's luxury travel magazine, said: "Mr Halliday’s photograph stood out for its many hidden depths - some alarming. At first glance his photograph resembles an impressionist painting, on second, a torture scene from a war zone, but eventually your mind accepts it for what it is: a sun-kissed street scene in Kerala.”

Jack Halliday of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, won the 200th round of the competition with this image of a street scene in India. Commenting on the winning entry at the time, Joe Plimmer, picture editor of Ultratravel, the Daily Telegraph’s luxury travel magazine, said: “Mr Halliday’s photograph stood out for its many hidden depths – some alarming. At first glance his photograph resembles an impressionist painting, on second, a torture scene from a war zone, but eventually your mind accepts it for what it is: a sun-kissed street scene in Kerala.”

This atmospheric image of a priest awaiting visitors at Gandzasar Monastery, Armenia, was captured by Joe Bullock of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire and saw him win round 223

This atmospheric image of a priest awaiting visitors at Gandzasar Monastery, Armenia, was captured by Joe Bullock of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire and saw him win round 223

John Taylor won round 186 with this image of men plying their wares on the Nile, Egypt

John Taylor won round 186 with this image of men plying their wares on the Nile, Egypt

Junaid Uddin Ahmed captured this carpet of prayer on the streets of Tongi, Bangladesh, to be named a runner-up in round 188

Junaid Uddin Ahmed captured this carpet of prayer on the streets of Tongi, Bangladesh, to be named a runner-up in round 188

An optical illusion created by the marble tiles of Florence's Duomo cathedral saw Karlmarx Rajangam of Oxford win round 191

An optical illusion created by the marble tiles of Florence’s Duomo cathedral saw Karlmarx Rajangam of Oxford win round 191

Kristian Bell of St Helier, Jersey, won round 227 with this image of a bird on the run in Sarasota, Florida

Kristian Bell of St Helier, Jersey, won round 227 with this image of a bird on the run in Sarasota, Florida

This hippo encounter at a watering hole in Zambia was captured by Martin Taylor of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, who won round 214

This hippo encounter at a watering hole in Zambia was captured by Martin Taylor of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, who won round 214

Naomi James of London won round 220 with this image of two women admiring the view in the Black Mountains of Wales

Naomi James of London won round 220 with this image of two women admiring the view in the Black Mountains of Wales

Round 193 was won by Stephen Walford of London for this image of a camel caravan at Erg Chebbi, Morocco

Round 193 was won by Stephen Walford of London for this image of a camel caravan at Erg Chebbi, Morocco

Thom Davies of Birmingham, West Midlands, for this beautifully-observed image of a boy at a Second World War memorial in Kiev, Ukraine

Thom Davies of Birmingham, West Midlands, for this beautifully-observed image of a boy at a Second World War memorial in Kiev, Ukraine

An image of a woman applying a tilaka spot to the forehead of a worshipper at the Manakamana temple in Gandaki, Nepal, saw Tom Allison of Southampton win round 206

An image of a woman applying a tilaka spot to the forehead of a worshipper at the Manakamana temple in Gandaki, Nepal, saw Tom Allison of Southampton win round 206

William Dobson of Knottingley, Yorkshire, won round 202 with this brightly-coloured image of a serried rank of beach huts at Scarborough, North Yorkshire

William Dobson of Knottingley, Yorkshire, won round 202 with this brightly-coloured image of a serried rank of beach huts at Scarborough, North Yorkshire

This beautifully-lit image of a horse at Porth Cwyfan, Anglesey, was captured by Karen Ann Jones of Llandudno, Wales, who won round 226
Picture: @Karen Ann Jones

This beautifully-lit image of a horse at Porth Cwyfan, Anglesey, was captured by Karen Ann Jones of Llandudno, Wales, who won round 226
Picture: @Karen Ann Jones

Round 224 was won by Lynn Cadger of Aberdeen for this image of stormy seas off the city's South Breakwater lighthouse

Round 224 was won by Lynn Cadger of Aberdeen for this image of stormy seas off the city’s South Breakwater lighthouse


 

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