Before we turn to the serious business of judging this year’s Travel Photographer of the Year entries (and a quick glance has told us that the standard is higher than ever this year), here are some images from the first-ever Travel Photographer of the Year Festival at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
The Festival closed with People & Cultures Day on October 16th and, in the midst of all the technology, with presentations being passed around on memory sticks and last-minute ticket purchases being managed from our mobile office (an iPad2) it was heartening to see Eamonn McCabe arrive for his talk, bearing nothing more sophisticated than a small blue suitcase, circa 1965, full of slides. And what slides they were!
Feedback from those who came along to the events has been hugely positive, with one visitor commenting “If tickets for the 2012 Festival were on sale now, I’d buy them today,” and many praising the relaxed, informal atmosphere and saying how much they appreciated the chance to hear from, and meet, so many great photographers and leading image experts.
If you were there – thank you, and we hope very much to see you there again in 2012. And if you weren’t, we hope that these images give you a small hint of what you missed, and that you’re inspired to join us next year.