Rashindo Chondo Das, Habiganj, Bangladesh. 'I came across a Sadhu (Hindu holy man),' says Rue Ahmed. As he walked closer to me I gingerly approached him, politely asked him his name in the local language and if he wouldn't mind posing for me. At this point a small crowd gathered around me out of curiosity thinking I was the media, jeering him, exclaiming that he'll be famous around the world after I'd taken his photo! With that I hurriedly snapped three photos of Mr Rashindo Chondo Das as the crowd around me was getting larger by the second, while a couple of hecklers were lending vocal instructions to him on how to pose, which was amusing to say the least! We then parted ways and almost a year to the day I ventured out again to search for him and present him with a copy of the photo; that is another tale & photo moment in itself!' Photo:
Rue Ahmed / Rue Photography
Wicklow Head lighthouse, Co. Wicklow. 'I took this photo in June 2017 on an extremely rare sunny weekend off work,' says Keith Walsh. 'Not only was it sunny at the weekend but the majestic Sea Pink flowers were in full bloom too, How lucky was I!! I won't mention the 4:30Am start to get this shot because there are too many positives to outweigh that one negative!' Photo: Keith Walsh (Topflight/Canon)
'Whilst on holiday in Munich this week myself and my family were walking down a street when we seen a crowd looking across a bridge,' says John Sheridan. 'I could not believe my eyes when I looked across and seen people surfing on a town river. The bridge is on the edge of the English Gardens.' Photo: John Sheridan (Topflight/Canon)
'The wonderful barn built by Lady Connolly for famine relief at Leixlip. It's a grain store,' says Sharon Devine.
Bull Island, Dublin. 'This is a photo of the bridge looking back towards Clontarf that I took late on a summers evening while enjoying a walk with my kids,' says Paul Brady. 'Such a beautiful place to go for a stroll.' Photo: Paul Brady (Topflight/Canon)
'This is a Sadhu or Hindu holy man who was attending a religious festival ( Kumbh Mela) in Ujain, India in June 2016.' Photo: Brendan Lawlor
"Impact" by Seán Haughton. 'With thousands of miles of ocean for storms to gather and brew, one of them is bound to unleash its full force upon our coastline. I had been planning a shot like this for some time and in the middle of Storms Doris & Ewan this year, it all came together. The swell was the highest I had ever seen along the Doolin Coastline, with waves breaching the cliffs which are at some places 50ft high.' Photo: Seán Haughton
Minori, Amalfi coast, Italy. Photo: Philippe Gosseau
'The Milky Way curves over Half Dome, Yosemite Valley. This photo was taken from Glacier Point overlook above Yosemite Valley in June 2017. You can also see Nevada Falls to the right of Half Dome, lit up by the moon.' Photo: Adrian Megahey
MBK Shopping Mall, Bangkok. Photo: Brendan Cullen
Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo: David Humphries
'This photograph was taken at Vakil Mosque in Iran last October,' says Mary Nolan. 'I travelled there with a small group tour.'
'Catch of the Day' by Ger Power. A teenage boy poses for me as he guts a fish on the beach at Ras Katani, Tanzania
The Natural History Museum, London. 'This is my favourite museum,' says Colm Keating. 'And not just because it's a beautiful building to photograph. Ever since I was a kid I have been obsessed with dinosaurs. And this museum has an amazing collection of them.'
'This was taken in one if my favourite places, Cinque Terre in Italy,' says Dave Massey. 'Cinque Terre means 'Five lands'. There are five small towns that make up this area and one of them is Vernazza, pictured above.'
'This is a photo of Lough Gur in Co. Limerick,' says Robert Wade. 'It was taken last Summer just after a thunderstorm had passed through and the evening sun lit up the sky.'
Terry Conroy's photo was taken in Sapa in the North Vietnamese mountains. The men study the birds to see which ones are good song birds before making a purchase.
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland. 'It was the highlight of my trip,' says Colm Keating. 'On one of the last stops of a two-week drive around the country, all the elements came together perfectly. I had planned this exact shot before I left for Iceland, but knowing the Icelandic weather, I knew I would be lucky to pull it off. And lucky I was.'
Keldur Church in Iceland. 'It is in a remote setting in south west Iceland with the central highlands in the distance,' says Robert Wade.
The Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia. 'This is still one of my favourites even though it's been over 10 years and cameras have changed so much,' says Neil Arthurs. 'Right place, right time still trumps technology!'
Man drinking coffee on the corner of Oxford St in Kensington market, Toronto, Canada. Photo: Ella Murphy
The iconic Guinness gate, Dublin. Photo: Eoin O'Shaughnessy
The Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. 'Located by the old Harbour, the design was influenced by Iceland's exceptional and dramatic nature.' says Iain Hulley. 'Situated on the boundary between land and sea, the building is a gleaming sculpture reflecting both sky and harbor, as well as the vibrant life of the city. The glass facade, which covers the entire building, was designed by renowned visual artist Olafur Eliasson.'
Topflight has teamed up with Canon Ireland in a search for their Travel Photographer of the Year 2017... and here's the stunning gallery of finalists.
Rue Ahmed from Co. Kilkenny won top prize, with his photo of a Hindu Holy man taken in North East Bangladesh of Sadhu (above).
Rue’s prize includes a Luxury Escorted Tour Holiday for two to Madeira with Topflight, a Canon EOS M6 M15-45 Camera and a Canon training course.
Second place went to Adrian Megahey from Co. Galway for his capture of the Milky Way above Yosemite Valley, while Paul Brady from Co. Kildare took third prize with a photograph of Dublin's Bull Island bridge looking back towards Clontarf.
In choosing their winners, Topflight and Canon's judges handpicked a selection of 24 finalists, which then went to a public vote to firm up a Top 10.
The judges then picked 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.
"These photographs brought to life the many magical and inspirational aspects of travel from breathtaking landscapes, the people we meet along the journey, unforgettable moments, fascinating cultures and the little bursts of happiness and excitement experienced," they say.
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