Magazine article Geographical

Shooting Success

Magazine article Geographical

Shooting Success

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This month, we are proud to present the winners and runners-up of the Geographical Photographer of the Year competition. The standard--which never ceases to impress--was particularly high this year, and we would like to thank all of our many entrants for their participation. This year's winner was an evocative portrait of a shoe shiner from a village near Santiago in Cuba by Marco Pozzi of Liverpool. "When I travel I try to avoid the tourist spots and head off the beaten track in search of the true spirit of the people," says Marco. When you see his winning image I'm sure you'll agree that on this occasion he certainly succeeded in doing that.

The entries have once again emphasised just how much photography shapes our geographical understanding of the world. The photographic image, described by US novelist Susan Sontag as "something directly stencilled off the real", has now provided ten generations with a perspective on the people, landscapes, flora and fauna of our planet that couldn't have been achieved through other media. And just as photography has aided in our understanding of geography, so geography has played a vital role in the development of photography. …

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