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Canadian Photographer Wins TPOTY 2005

Canadian Photographer Wins TPOTY 2005 - Photographers from Holland, India, New Zealand and the UK win individual category prizes.

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Photo by Lorne Resnick
Canadian Photographer Wins TPOTY 2005
Lorne Resnick, a Canadian photographer who now lives in Los Angeles, has won the 2005 international Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) competition. His glorious images of Africa and Cuba which included a stunning black and white portfolio demonstrated exceptional talent, creativity and diversity.

Over 10,000 images were received from amateur and professional photographers in 42 countries. The competition is open to photographers of all ages, and a 12 year old English schoolboy, Edward Mole, scooped the 2005 Young Travel Photographer of the Year competition, with an outstanding portfolio of images taken at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Individual category prizes in the adult competition were won by photographers from Holland, India, New Zealand and the UK, demonstrating the international spread achieved by TPOTY in just three years.

This years judging panel included photographers Nick Meers, Chris Weston and Chris Coe, digital imaging expert Michael ONeill, photographic magazine editors Simon Bainbridge, Melissa De Witt and Keith Wilson and 2004 Young Travel Photographer of the Year Anna Scott.

All the winning images will be on display at the TPOTY exhibition at the Daily Telegraph Adventure Travel & Sports Show at Olympia, London, from January 13th-15th, 2006.

Lorne Resnick Travel Photographer of the Year, 2005
Lorne Resnick began his career photographing rock musicians in his native Toronto, before his love of travel took him and his camera across the world. Commenting on his success he said, Im really thrilled to win TPOTY. I look at any contests importance by the level of the competition and previous winners. I was very impressed by the images of the previous winners and felt the quality was at an extremely high level. Travel and photography, for me, are so inexorably linked and have been for so long, that this recognition means a great deal to me.

As the overall winner, he will receive a superb line-up of prizes. He will be able to take a companion on the photographic trip of a lifetime with a pair of round the world air tickets from the Star Alliance network, the global network that brings together 16 of the worlds finest airlines. Added to this is a superb Hewlett Packard Designjet 130 printer, complete with network kit, roll feed kit, stand and bin, Gretag Macbeth Eye One Display plus a generous supply of A1, A2 and A3 paper and fade-resistant HP dye-based inks, so that he can produce stunning, long-lasting prints. He also wins Adobe Photoshop CS and Video Collections so that he can optimize the images he takes on his travels, and a beautiful leather portfolio book from Plastic Sandwich made in his own choice of size and format and personalised with his name, allowing him to present his images in the most impressive and professional way.

Edward Mole, Young Travel Photographer of the Year, 2005
Edward Mole started taking photographs when just six years old, with a basic film camera. However it was the gift of a digital camera (won in an Extreme Marmiting competition!) that really sparked his interest. Now aged 12, the schoolboy from Haywards Heath in Sussex already possesses a photographic eye and technical competence that many professional photographers would envy. Three of his four winning images are in black and white, something he has only recently started experimenting with. He was inspired by an art project at school, which he based on the work of legendary French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson. We have the book Journey One from the last TPOTY competition at home and I really enjoyed looking at the different photos from around the world, so it is fantastic to have won a prize in the competition this year, he said.

Edwards talent and hard work have been rewarded with a top of the range Hewlett Packard Media Center Photosmart PC, a top-spec HP Photosmart digital camera, photo centric scanner and photo printer. He also wins a photography masterclass in the Lake District with Light & Land and Adobe Creative Suite Premium software.

This years portfolio category themes were: Human Spirit, Travellers Tales, Go Beyond and Natural World. Each category winner receives a superb prize package, while those who finish second in these four portfolio categories win a Wacom Intuos3 graphics tablet and a personalised Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book. Aimed at digital media professionals, the Intuos3 range combines style with the highest efficiency and features Wacoms patented Penabled technology.

Highly Commended entrants receive either a Billingham Packington camera bag or a Peli 1510 travel case, courtesy of Johnsons Photopia, plus Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet paper. Commended entrants win a hardback copy of Travel Photographer of the Year - Journey Two - plus Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet Paper.

Martin Hartley winner, Human Spirit
London photographer Martin Hartley is a former TPOTY category winner he took the honours in Spirit of Adventure in TPOTY 2005. Martin is normally found photographing Arctic expeditions, but his diversity has been rewarded with victory in the Human Spirit category, with a beautiful portfolio of images taken in Zangskar, India. His prize is the new Fujifilm S3 Pro plus lens - the very top of Fujifilm's outstanding range of digital cameras - and two Fujifilm 4GB memory cards. In addition he wins a Cultural Odyssey to Nepal, especially designed for photographers, with The Independent Traveller, plus Adobe Creative Suite Standard.

Linsy Loose from Belgium came second, while Felix Hug (Australia) was Highly Commended and Jonathan Clay (UK) Commended.

Glen Howey winner, Travellers Tales
Documentary and travel photography are intertwined, so the winner of this category needed to tell a story in four images. New Zealander Glen succeeded perfectly, with a memorable portfolio that documents the work of the Cambodia Trust, a charity that works with landmine victims in Cambodia. "I hope my images have given a human face to a country that has known such tragedy and bloodshed, but yet holds such beauty. Photography is a dramatic and dynamic medium that I feel can be used to effectively communicate the work being done to return a quality of life to those amputees, polio and cerebral palsy sufferers who have lost so much along with their limbs.

Glens prize is a superb Hasselblad H1 Kit and a two-week trip to Mali on a Journey to Timbuctoo with Guerba, plus Adobe Creative Suite Standard software.

Neil Weekes (UK) came second, Barry Mayes (UK) was Highly Commended and Marcus McAdam (UK) was Commended.

Mani Puthuran - winner, Go Beyond
In this category photographers were challenged to produce four images taken off the beaten track. The Indian-born doctor and amateur photographer, who lives in the UK, rose to the challenge with a portfolio of images depicting a tent in a series of extraordinary locations very much off the beaten track.
Now Mani has the opportunity to take some more remarkable images as the winner of the Go Beyond category he will take part in an expedition with Land Rovers global conservation partner Biosphere Expeditions to monitor the Arabian leopard in the mountains of Oman. He can also now share his work with the world, via his prize of a custom-built website from TPOTY web builders and design experts Iridius, and his prize also includes Adobes excellent Creative Suite Standard software.

Second place in this category was taken by Pete Adams (UK). Martin Brent from Birmingham was Highly Commended, and Marcus McAdam was Commended in this category as well as in Travellers Tales.

Nicola Jenner, winner, Natural World
British semi-professional photographer Nicola Jenner has spent the last 3 years as a zoologist, commuting between London and Namibia conducting research on the social and spatial organisation of a black backed jackal population on Namibia's Skeleton Coast. Her stunning black and white portfolio of images from Namibia is a very worthy winner of the Natural World category.

She wins a Mamiya 711 medium format rangefinder camera with 80mm lens, and a Sekonic L-558 light meter, plus an Amazon Heartland expedition for two aboard G.A.P Adventures legendary Expedition ship The Explorer, and Adobe Creative Suite Standard.

Maggie Gowan from the UK came second, with Gaylon Wampler (USA) Highly Commended and Franco Banfi (Switzerland) Commended.

Gerard Kingma winner, Single Image category A Moment of Freedom
This years Single Image category winner is an image that shouts Freedom. Dutch photographer, Gerard Kingma, immediately caught the judges eye with his whimsical image of a leaping lamb in a definitive moment of freedom.

His prize is a trip to the highly photogenic Islands of the Bahamas, and Adobe Creative Suite Standard. The seven night holiday for two will be based on Nassau/Paradise Island and include a one day exploration to one of the Out Islands and the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

Second-placed photographer Curtis Welsh (UK) receives a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book, while Highly Commended entrant Gavin Fernandes (UK) wins copies of Journey One and Two (hardback editions) and Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet Paper, and Commended entrant Nicole Da Silva (Canada) wins a hardback copy of Journey Two plus Fujifilm Multijet Inkjet Paper.

A chance to give something back. TPOTY entrants had the option to make a charitable donation with their entry fee, and this year they raised 400 in aid of Sight Savers International and The Tribes Foundation.
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IanO 14 195 Scotland
Second-placed Single Image category photographer Curtis Welsh is actually an epz member. Well done Curtis. I'm sure you will be delighted with your "Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book" - whatever that is.

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