2012 Photo Contest Weekly Gallery #6
Bit by the travel bug: Featured Photography From Steve Mckay
It's hard not to want to grab your passport and go when looking at these shots of locals and landscapes. In these entries from the 2012 Travel Photo Contest, photographer Steve Mckay shares stunning portraits to beautiful landscapes.
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I captured the reflection and concentration of a young girl searching for something in a small pond. Laos is both friendly and beautiful — everywhere I went there seemed to be a sense of serene calmness in both the environment and the people living there.
The blank expression on the face of a local Mayan man belies the message on his shirt as he waits for a bus to leave the Chichicastenango market after a hard day of work. As I looked at him I wondered whether he knew what was written on his shirt or if he saw any humour in it.
I was invited in for tea and fruit at this family's house on the way to the Javira waterfalls, and I caught the attention of this little girl. She came over to see me and her mother let me take a photo of her. One of the best parts about travelling is interacting with the local people in an area.
I talked briefly to this friendly Cuban man as I waited for my bus from Vinales to Havana. He was selling cigars to tourists.
These two Kuna Woman coming to shore at Wichub Wala in a kayuko (a hand-built dugout canoe), are the daughters of Orlando, my boat driver at the Kuna Niskua lodge. Many women throughout the islands can be seen daily wearing this traditional national dress. Kayukos are the most common form of transportation between the 378 islands and cays of San Blas.
Once part of an old military hospital, the ruins of Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de la Popade are a famous landmark overlooking the town of Trinidad. It is also a place with spectacular views of Trinidad and a great place to see the sunset.
Sunset on the Malecon
The Malecón (Avenida de Maceo) is a broad esplanade, roadway and seawall that stretches for eight kilometres along the coast in Havana, Cuba.
A curious and hungry goat comes for a closer look.
Onlookers watch as a Taiwanese boy jumps-dives-flies off a cement waterfall into a pool. The hustle and bustle of Taiwan is intense on most of the island, but the East Coast is much more laid back and less populated. This local waterhole near Hualien is a place where kids come to swim during the hot summer days.