Lumix holiday photo competition: And the winner is….

Our photo competition with Lumix has ended and the winner has been announced. Check out the winning photo along with the 10 runner-ups.

A HUGE congratulations to Gillian McDonald from Tyne & Wear, who has been selected as the winner of our holiday photo competition to win a Panasonic LUMIX TZ95 compact camera worth £400.

The winning photo: The Western Building, part of the Taj Mahal complex (c) Gillian McDonald

We had more than 500 photo submissions. Here’s why Lumix loved Gillian’s photo:

“What we loved about Gillian’s image is that is has the mythical feeling to it; you get a sense of the grandeur and importance of the structure to the surrounding area. The mist in front of the building creates an amazing separation between the foreground. The sky has an amazing tone and the backlight creates further depth to the image. So much of photography is being in the right place at the right time and when you have light like that available to you it makes such a difference.”

Other photos we loved:

1Bagan, Burma: Charlotte Reeve

Bagan in Burma (c) Charlotte Reeve

Why we love this photo: we were taken by the juxtaposition between new and old. The hot air balloon hovers above the sun-dappled ancient city of Bagan, creating a really beautiful shot. 

2Falkirk, Scotland: Chris Stading

The Kelpies in Falkirk, Scotland (c) Chris Stading

Why we love this photo: The thunderous clouds provide a dramatic backdrop to the 30m kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world. 

3Central Park, New York: Lynn Savage

Central Park in New York (c) Lynn Savage

Why we love this photo: this picture shows a different side to the Big Apple, and we were really taken with the smily, joyful figure in the foreground. 

4Zagora Desert, Morocco: Mhairi Wyles-Lang

Zagora Desert in Morocco (c) Mhairi Wyles-Lang

Why we love this photo: Mhairi has taken a wonderful shot of these majestic camels as they navigate the vast, barren desert as the sun sets.

5Le Miroir d’eau, Bordeaux: David Fargher

Le Miroir d’eau, Bordeaux (c) David Fargher

Why we love this photo: David’s picture has a magical quality to it, making us think of Alice in Wonderland. 

6Taraw Peak, El Nido, Philippines: Nooraini Binti Yahaya

Taraw Peak, El Nido, Philippines (c) nooraini binti yahaya

Why we love this photo: the colours in this photo are fabulous, and you can imagine the awe and appreciation of the figure sitting on the rock in the foreground. 

7Gasadalur, Vagar, Faroe Islands: Pawel Zygmunt

Gasadalur, Vagar, Faroe Islands (c) Pawel Zygmunt

Why we love this photo: Pawel has expertly utilised the long-duration shutter speed of his camera to create this this stunning photo. Who doesn’t love a waterfall?

8Reykjavik, Iceland: Theresa Wakeley

Reykjavik, Iceland (c) Theresa Wakeley

Why we love this photo: the playful joy in this photo really struck a cord with us, and we love the cheeky personas of the Icelandic horses.

9Nong Pakwan, Thailand: Tony Sansom

Nong Pakwan, Thailand (c) Tony Sansom

Why we love this photo: Tony captured this moment during the Thai new year water festival in the village of Nong Pakwan. He has managed to photograph the water in extraordinary clarity, and we love the expression of the chap in the background!

10Tokyo, Japan: Trevor Price

Tokyo, Japan (c) Trevor Price

Why we love this photo: Trevor took this photo with his iPhone through the window of a moving coach. We were very impressed he managed to capture such a beautiful shot while on the move. 


Please comment below and let us know what you think of the photos.