To give you ideas for future trips, trigger reminiscences about adventures abroad or simply to help you wonder virtually around some of the most spectacular places in the world during this time of ‘staycation,’ Agora’s most recent Best Photos of Travel competition are inspiring.
From the opening of a tent looking at a breathtaking mountain sunset in the Dolomites, the snapshot above by Spanish photographer @rakia10 gathered the most votes from the apps’s global community to be chosen as the ‘World’s Best Travel Photo’ and to take the online #Travel2020 contest’s $1,000 top prize.
More than 13,600 images were submitted by professional and amateur photographers in answer to the mobile App Agora’s invitation to celebrate the wonder of world travel by illustrating “What does travel mean to you?“ through their camera lens.
The best overall image, along with the next five winners were selected from a shortlist of 50 finalists narrowed down by competition judges before Agora users were asked to vote for their favorite.
Octavi Royo, Agora’s co-founder and CEO, said: “Thanks to these photos, we can travel to some amazing corners of our planet and see them from the point of view of travel photographers.”
Agora is a mobile app for photographers of all levels to participate in photo contests for a chance to win international recognition and cash prizes (from $1,000 to $25,000).
“The app’s global audience plays an important part in the selection of the winning image in each contest,” the organization explains. “All Agora users have the power to vote for the photo that struck them the most during the final voting rounds, making the process democratic where everyone can participate, vote, and win.”
“The Snæfellsnes Peninsula on Iceland’s West Coast is a stunningly diverse landscape home to lava fields, glaciers and black sand beaches,” explains Michael Foote, British photographer of the image above. “Exploring this alien-like environment you discover all sorts of incredible sights along the cliff face as a result of the crashing waves eroding into the land. The most unique of all being Arnarstapi Stone Bridge, a perfectly-formed arch suspended above the ocean below — so perfect in its formation it looks almost man-made. Venturing out across it, you feel a sense of the power flowing beneath you as the waves continue to shape the ever-changing landscape.”
Alberta, Canada, simply shines in the photo above. “While the road is scenic throughout the Rockies, the hiking trails are just on another level of beauty,” says the photographer. I encourage everyone to just do it. Hike the trails. Take one step at a time, it will be tough but it will be worth it.”