Katarina Trnikova, J Barter Travel Group, Cork, was declared the winner of the ITTN+EMIRATES Travel Photographer of the Year Award at Friday night’s Gala Dinner event. Katarina, whose winning photo, Last Drink Before The Storm, was taken on La Digue Island, Seychelles, was presented with tickets for two to any destination on the Emirates worldwide network by Enda Corneille, Country Manager, Emirates, the competition’s sponsor.
The competition was held over five months, from June to October. Each month’s entries were judged by Anita Thomas, Sales Manager Ireland, Emirates; Neil Steedman, News & Features Editor, ITTN; and Michael Flood, Editor, ITTN. Each monthly winner received a trophy, a voucher for €200 and an invitation to the Gala Dinner from Emirates.
In addition, a wild card finalist was chosen from all 290 entries by a separate panel of judges comprising Enda Corneille, Country Manager Ireland, Emirates; Paul Sherwood, professional photographer; and Michael Flood, Editor, ITTN. This winner also received a trophy, a €200 voucher and an invitation to the Awards event from Emirates.
June Winner: LAST DRINK BEFORE THE STORM by KATARINA TRNIKOVA, J Barter Travel Group, taken in May 2016 on La Digue Island in the Seychelles with a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
July Winner: EARLY MORNING, KILFARRASY BEACH, WATERFORD by TIM CAREY, The Travel Boutique, taken in June 2016 at Kilfarrasy Beach, Waterford, with a Sony A58.
August Winner: CAN YOU SEE ME? by ENDA LARKIN, Sunway, taken in June 2016 in Pumba Private Game Reserve, South Africa, with a Canon Powershot SX500IS.
September Winner: THE EVENING ARRIVES IN PORTO by BETTINA HALTMAYER, ClickandGo.com, taken in August 2016 in Porto, Portugal, with a Samsung MV800.
October Winner: SUNSET GLOW by NIAMH QUINLAN, Travel Counsellors, taken in October 2016 at Rossbeigh Beach, Co Kerry, with a Panasonic Lumix TZ70.
Wild Card Winner: BUSINESS CLASS CUBAN STYLE by PAUL FITZPATRICK, Trailfinders Cork, taken in March 2016 in Cuba with a Canon G7X.
Photographer Paul Sherwood said of Katarina Trnikova’s winning photo: “Last Drink Before The Storm is a great picture, and the title sums it up well. I really like the composition and lighting, the dramatic clouds, the light on the tree, and the feeling of the impending weather front coming in – even the water splashing on the rock, just above the drink, adds to the drama! An excellent photo, well done, one to be proud of.”