A special thanks to friend and professional photographer Alex Benetel for her collaboration as a guest judge. Alex Benetel is a twenty one year old student and photographer from Sydney, Australia.

"Before I announce the winners, I just want to mention that all of the photographs entered in this particular competition were incredible. They’ve all inspired me to travel a lot more in the future and experiment with travel photography. It was very difficult to choose an overall winner."

Being fortunate enough to have travelled to many places since quite a young age, she has become very familiar with the importance of documenting a memory or special occasion with the use of a camera. At the age of 16, she enrolled in a Visual Design course which sparked her passion for photography. In 2014, she was named as one of the 20 best artists on Flickr and was flown to New York to exhibit her work. The Flickr20under20 exhibition was curated by Ivan Shaw, Director of Photography for Vogue.

Grand Jury Winner

"I particularly love the contrast between the cool tones of the water and sky against the warm tones of the lit up village. This photograph is raw and very honest. It immediately transports the viewer to Manarola. There’s also a  cinematic quality to it, which was partly why I was drawn to the photograph in the first place. It stood out from the rest and is an extraordinary capture." - Alex Benetel

Runner Up

"This photograph fulfills the brief really well. The high angle at which this was shot has allowed the audience to have an intimate view of the village. We can see little details into people’s homes such as their boats and cars. I could stare at this photograph all day, creating stories of the lives that live in this interesting village." - Alex Benetel

Runner Up

"I love the darkness to this photograph. There’s an incredible mood, enticing the viewer to find out more about the town’s story. This photographer has created mystery, which is something I look for in a photograph. They have hence successfully engaged the audience whilst also fulfilling the brief." - Alex Benetel

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