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Behind the 'zines: Lonely Planet Traveller's March issue

Designer Mike and Art Director Hayley select the winners of our 100th issue cover competition

The new UK issue of Lonely Planet Traveller magazine is now on sale and it’s jam-packed with travel inspiration – including our pick of the best festivals to enjoy this year, from the Venice Carnival to Thailand’s riotous Songkran celebrations.

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at a few of the photos that didn’t quite make it in this month, from assignments that had our contributors seeking out the best of Arizona, getting a soaking at Songkran and heading into the Atlas mountains for Morocco’s Rose Festival. Plus, discover how to shoot portraits like a pro as photographer Ken Koskela talks us through a shot from the Venice Carnival.

The Grand Canyon is 18 miles across at its widest point © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet The Grand Canyon is 18 miles across at its widest point © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Arizona, USA

Writer Kevin E.G. Perry gazed on the Grand Canyon while researching the ultimate trip to Arizona.

'For me, one of the strangest things about visiting the Grand Canyon is that it gives you no warning as you approach,’ he says. ‘Usually an epic landscape can be seen from a distance, yet you don't see it until you're almost on the precipice. I love this photograph because it conveys how flat and straight the horizon appears, as well as the majesty of the canyon itself in the foreground. It's as if an entire mountain range has been sunk into the ground. In the end, a different view of the canyon made it in instead.’

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Chiang Mai's Wat Suan Dok was built in the 14th century © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Chiang Mai's Wat Suan Dok was built in the 14th century © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Photographer Matt Munro grabbed a moment of quiet at the Wat Suan Dok in between shooting the water fights and festivities of Songkran.

‘I wanted to get some early morning shots at one of the city’s many temples, so visited at about 6am and waited for the sun to come up between the spires. There was something so peaceful and calm about being there when no one else was around, and the light was incredible. The sun glowed against the pagoda and the white spires suddenly turned a wonderful golden colour – but it didn’t last long. I ended up being spoilt for choice by Chiang Mai’s temples, and this shot didn’t make it in.’

The Rose Festival takes place during the rose harvest each May © Lottie Davies / Lonely Planet The Rose Festival takes place during the rose harvest each May © Lottie Davies / Lonely Planet

Kaalat M'Gouna, Morocco

Photographer Lottie Davies headed to the M’Goun Valley in Morocco's Atlas Mountains to celebrate its famed pink flowers at the Rose Festival.

‘These gloriously fuchsia ladies were performing in blinding sunshine in the town’s arena just before the Rose Queen judging took place. There were sword-dancers, musicians from all over the region, and women in multi-layered silk and cotton dresses, jingling with bangles, silver coins and pendants. This group danced arm in arm to the beat of a small drum; some were also singing – including piercing vocal trilling. But with so much pink in the feature, we went for a more multi-hued shot of the festivities.’

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A carnival-goer poses for Ken © Ken Koskela / Lonely Planet

Venice, Italy

This month’s photo story features Ken Koskela’s portraits of the masked models of the Venice Carnival. One image that just missed the cut was this, shot in the courtyard of a former Benedictine monastery.

‘There was a group of models congregated in the area and, consequently, a group of photographers, too. I was fortunate to get a few minutes alone to photograph this person while the clouds were diffusing the afternoon sun. I normally want lines in my image to lead towards, not away from, my subject, because the viewer’s eyes follow leading lines. In this case, though, the columns lead away from the model and compete against her for attention. However, I think the image works well because her costume and the way she is posing are visually impactful and command the viewer’s attention.’

See more of Ken’s work at kenkoskela.com, on Facebook at Ken Koskela Photography and on Instagram at @kenkoskela.

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