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The Traveler

The Traveler

Stories that will challenge preconceptions and break the concept of distance, The Traveler highlights the discovery of untouched destinations and new angles of much-loved locations. Celebrating natural wonders, awe-inspiring global events or your local neighborhood we are calling pioneers to find the unique travel stories, communities and paths shaping our world.

Björn Müller

Gear: Canon EOS 600D
Location: Kandy, Sri Lanka

I spent a few weeks traveling trough Sri Lanka and was particularly excited about the train ride from Kandy to Ella with it‘s stunning views on the many tea plantations. As I was waiting for the train to move, I noticed some kids and two men smiling and waving at me. They got even more excited when I took this picture and showed it to them. It will always remind me of the hospitality and friendliness of the people in Sri Lanka and still remains one of my favorites from the whole trip.

Bruno Guerreiro

Gear: Sony a7Riii + Sony FE 24-105mm f/4I
Location: Everest Base Camp trail between the villages of Dingboche (4410m) and Lobuche (4910m) in Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayas, Nepal

Porter, also called “Sherpa” in the Himalayas, on the Everest Base Camp trail, carrying a heavy load of supplies, supported by a simple head strap called namlo.

This image is part of a photo series called "Guardian angels of the Himalayas," portraying the courage, dedication and hardship of men, women and animals who dedicate their lives to make the dreams of foreign travelers a reality. Taking care of their needs, carrying their gear, trip and expedition supplies, preparing the route ahead as well as rescuing and transporting them down the mountain in the case of accident or illness.

This image was taken on 25 April 2019 on the Everest Base Camp trail between the villages of Dingboche (4410m) and Lobuche (4910m) in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal, during a two week expedition to Everest Base Camp (5364m) through the Gokyo Lakes (4700–5000m) and via Cho La Pass (5420m).

Dimpy Bhalotia

Gear: iPhone
Location: Pushkar, India

The title of this image is ‘Shoulder Birds’. This was a spontaneous shot.   This was shot in Pushkar, Rajasthan during the last day of the Camel Fair. I was walking towards the desert route where all the camel masters were heading back to their villages. I probably walked for a good 30 minutes and aftet a while, I saw a bunch of camels with their masters sitting by the roadside resting. They were all smoking and having a laugh. I had a split second to take this shot.  This was shot on an iPhone.

Himanshu Roy

Gear: iPhone X
Location: Lajpur Surat, Gujarat, India

This women works at a brick factory. She's balancing the bricks on her head then loading them on trucks. It’s her work, so she does it sincerely, and with a smile that gives us an example of determination.

Philip Am Guay

Gear: Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
Location: Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, Philippines

It was my last day of vacation and we usually spend it in a nearby beach with my family. From afar, I saw this group of kids enjoying the high tide by backflipping into the sea. So I decided to sit behind them and take couple of shots when a moment came that they decided to do it all together.

Sandra Morante

Gear: Canon 1000D with a Tamron AF 18-270m
Location: Larung Gar, Garzê, China

The main reason I went to China was to know more about the Buddhist settlement of Larung Gar and its ritual, Sky Burial.

One of the mornings it was snowing and many Buddhist students were gathered in the main temple, reading and chanting near the stairs. I observed the group for a while, from the distance, taking a couple of shots without interfering in their tasks.

Suddenly, this little novice looked at me. The magic of the alignment, where the set up was perfect, happened just in front of my eyes. I just immortalized it for the collective memory.

Tanya Walton

Gear: FUJIFIM X-T1 The Lens 16-55 f2.8
Location: between Tinghir and Fez in Morocco

This image was taken during a long car journey between Tinghir and Fez in Morocco during a ten day photography trip. We were in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by empty landscapes when we drove past this man on a donkey. The opportunity was too good to miss as I had been trying to capture ordinary people going about their daily lives. So we stopped the car a little further along the road and waited for the man to approach. I took a few shots and chose this one to submit.

Ueli Frischknecht

Gear: Sony A7II with Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART
Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Showing a fresh view on things is what I really love. I captured this moment on an early morning exploration of the local food market in Ubud, Bali. Markets have something that fascinate me. They are raw and the people are real. There's only one question left to ask: How much is the fish?

Yentl Slik

Gear: Nikon D3200
Location: Mary Mother of God Center in Lamadi, Tanzania

This image was taken at the Mary Mother of God Centre in Lamadi, Tanzania. This is an orphanage for children with albinism that can't live with their own family anymore because of the danger they are facing. In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring you good luck. People with albinism live in constant fear and because of the killings, many children with albinism now live in camps. Rejected by and cut-off from their families, they live separate from society in order to keep them safe.
In Sister Helena's Mary Mother of God centre, the children are loved and well taken care of. On the photo you see one of the ''mama's'' giving one of the children a wash at the end of the day.

Pradeep Kumar

Gear: Canon T4I
Location: Desert near Dubai

I was in a city called Jaisalmer, which is a desert city in the state of Rajasthan in India. I was going to explore the sand dunes and the only way to go there is by using the cars provided by Safari agencies. The driver told us that this village is a gypsy village and warned us to be careful. Me and a fellow traveler I met in the hostel went into the village hoping to hear the stories of the people living there. But no one was interested in seeing us. Then a little girl came to us and she started asking for money or food. I tried to take out my wallet and give her some coins. The other kids saw this and they ran and surrounded us in no time.

They started grabbing the handbag of the fellow traveller and they swarmed around her. She ran away, breaking out from the group, hurting her foot from the thorns in the ground. There was already a group swarming me, so I held my wallet tight and tried to break away from the group as well. The kids tried to snatch my camera as well, but I managed to get out of that village. We then reached our car and this group of kids gathered and started throwing stones at us, cursed us and demanded us to get out of their village, which I captured in another similar photo. This particular photo was taken when they started throwing stones at us and I tried to save myself by going the other side of the car. Then the driver chased those kids away. That's the exact moment this photo has been captured. I can never forget that experience.

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