Flickr challenge: ‘Horizon’ theme results
Every week we invite photographers to participate in our Flickr photo challenge, submitting their best travel images to suit a stated theme.
The most recent challenge theme was ‘Horizon’. Here are some of the best shots as voted by our community.
This week's winner
Although the subject matter isn’t inherently beautiful, we love the colour transition in gornabanja’s photo, with the gradual merging of the flecked brown water into the reflected blue of the sky. As our eyes travel slowly from bottom to top, the dark smear of industry on the horizon almost seems to float in mid-air, making for a thought-provoking and unusual shot.
This week's runners-up
Piotr_PopUp has perfectly captured the unadulterated beauty of the world’s largest salt flats, with nothing more than the rising sun framed centrally on the horizon. We particularly like how the sun’s rays accent the edges of the salt patterns, making the whole scene appear to glitter slightly.
This shot from De Wet Moolman, taken in Etosha National Park, really impresses us with its clean composition. The single tree helps us understand the scale of this incredible national park with its sparse vegetation, and we think the careful balance of land and sky in the photo works well to complete the effect.
We love the ghostly, mysterious feeling captured by hsadura in this evocative image of a Thai sunset. The band of smoky orange clouds at the top of the photo are perfectly mirrored by the band of sea below, and the sun seems to float weightlessly between the two.
Another stunning photo from Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, this time from v-_-v. We really appreciate how well-defined the natural hexagonal salt structures are from this angle, giving lots of small details for a viewer to enjoy before their eyes are eventually led up to the horizon and the tantalising hilltops in the far distance.
Cranamanor13 has done a wonderful job capturing this iconic shot of Uluru (Ayers Rock). The sheer scale can be seen from the difference in colour between the two sides of the image, as the last rays of daylight light the sky with orange and pink hues on the right while twilight creeps up from the horizon on the left.
This week's staff pick
Of all the sunset photos from this challenge, this one from thissleepyday stood out for us. The fiery colours give the image an otherworldly feel, and we love the simultaneous sense of movement and stillness created by the swell of the waves and the darker clouds brooding overhead. We doubt the South Pacific looks like this all the time, but this shot really makes us want to travel there and see it for ourselves.
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