Fearless train passenger helps photographer to travel title

December 17, 2009

Fearless train passenger

Picture credit: GMB Akash

A photograph of a woman perched precariously on the coupling system of a moving train helped a Bangladeshi photographer to victory in the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) competition.

Bangladeshi-born professional photographer GMB Akash scooped the title with images of train travel described as ‘vibrant yet poignant’ by judges.

Included in his entry was a picture of a woman who chose to ride on the locking system of a train carriage rather than pay the train fare. Akash captured the moment in Dhaka.

Akash also entered a portfolio depicting the ship-breaking industry in Pakistan.

He claimed prizes including an Apple Macbook Pro computer.

Entries in this year’s contest ranged from landscape, wildlife and portraiture through to reportage.

‘Yet again we have a different style of winner, and it is heartening to see so many portfolios tell a story through imagery,’ said Chris Coe, TPOTY founder and one of the judges.

The Young TPOTY title went to 15-year-old Courtney Krawec from Australia.

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