Travel Photographer of the Year

There’s a festival of photography going on at the Royal Geographical Society in London, and part of that festival is the 2013 Travel Photographer of the Year competition.

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The competition is open to everyone, and you can still enter if you’re up for that sort of thing. Or you can just enjoy the shots that others have submitted and let them carry you away on your imagination.

If you can’t make it to London there’s a slideshow of selected entries here, but if you can then I urge you do, because these things are always more impressive in person.

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These exhibitions always have the same effect on me: First I dust off my camera, carry it around with me a bit more than usual, and take a few shots of as much as possible.

Then I start shopping around for a clever compact camera because it’s a pain to carry my teenaged camera around in its squeaky, antiquey case all day. And finally I snap out of my daze and go back to not taking as many photos as I’d like.

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Fortunately there are plenty of talented people with very nice cameras travelling around the world, enough that the rest of us can live vicariously through their viewfinders.

But it’s a distant second best to have to enjoy someone else’s experiences. So hopefully after enough slideshows and exhibitions we’ll cast aside our apathy, gather up our cameras and head out with the adventurous spirit that we never thought we’d lose.

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The Exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society in London runs from 12 July to 18 August. The address is 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR, and admission is free.

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