Ricardo Mesquita became the owner of an Olympus TG-3 Tough Camera, through our Faces of the Globe
competition, for his beautiful photo taken of Theravada Buddhist monk at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Mesquita’s winning photo features a young, Cambodian monk in Angkor, kneeling in the distinctive orange robes associated with the attire of the traditional Theravada Buddhist monks. The photo is simple and elegant with striking colours that contrast with the dark, old exterior of the doorway in which the monk gazes out, directly into the camera. It’s a breathtaking shot that gives insight into a world that continues to enthral and mystify travellers.
The history of Angkor and its many temples is a rich and long one with a unique living heritage that locals seek to preserve through continual practice of ancient traditions. Angkor, a city that dates back to the 9th
century, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its archaeological, artistic, and architectural significance.
Still, popular as it is, Angkor Wat achieves a serene beauty not found quite often in this world. If you find yourself as captivated by Mesquita’s amazing shot as we were then take a look at our Handpicked Cambodia
Winner 2 –Geert Sterk, Northern Tanzania
This week, our second winner, for the Faces of the Globe competition, is Geert Sterk who became the owner of an Olympus TG-3 Tough Camera. The submission is equal parts astonishing and hypnotizing, featuring the faces of two young Northern Tanzanian boys.
Shot in black and white, his photo immediately draws your eyes to the vibrant white paint that adorns their faces, their garb, and the matching, serious looks on their faces as they glare at you through the lens.
Tanzania, a country found in East Africa and home to the highest mountain on the continent, is a republic chock-full of diversity, fascinating culture, and tumultuous history. There exists over 120 different ethnic groups and more than 260 tribes in Tanzania with varying languages, cultures, and sizes.
The image taken by Sterk is alluring and invokes many questions about the two boys, their lives, and their culture. If you’re interested in the culture and heritage of Tanzania or you’re are just eager for a different, new adventure then take a look at one of our trips.
Winner 3 – Vedran Vidak, Ethiopia
This week, our third winner, is Vedran Vidak whose stunning photo of an Ethiopian person made him the owner of an Olympus TG-3 Tough Camera. His submission to our Faces of the Globe competition was an instant hit for us due to its striking nature. Featuring a gaze so intense that you’re almost afraid to look away, wonderful composition, and powerful colours and it’s no surprise why we chose Vidak’s great photo.
Once you tear your eyes from the gaze of the woman in the photo, you begin to acquaint yourself with the other details of her image. Her carefully braided hair is iconic of the Hamar people of Ethopia as are the garments around her neck. Still, even noticing all of this you can’t resist looking back up to her eyes.
The Hamar Tribe of Ethiopia is one of the few remaining ancient African tribes. The majority of the population of 20,000 can be found living in the Omo River Valley in South-West Ethiopia. They’re a fascinating people with traditions and rituals for all sorts of occasions ranging from rites of passage to symbols of being married or engaged. The men and women proudly wear scars, more commonly referred to as beauty marks, given to them in ‘coming of age’ ceremonies.
Vidak’s photo of this Hamar woman is arresting and compelling without a doubt. It brings to mind the cultural differences that aren’t always brought to mind. If you’re interested in learning more about the culture and heritage of Ethiopia or you’re ready for your next adventure, check out our Ethiopia trips
Winner 4 – Abelardo Banini, Central Park, NYC
This week, our fourth winner, for the Faces of the Globe competition, is Abelardo Banini who became the owner of an Olympus TG-3 Tough Camera. Banini’s photo of a man in NYC’s Central Park is beautiful in its calmness.
In Central Park, you never know what you’re going to find. At any given time on any given day you can come across all kinds of people doing a number of things. For Banini, he just so happened to cross paths with a well-dressed man with a ready and warm smile. It’s the eyes and the smile in this image that bring it full circle. The man in the photo is carrying his own camera and you have to stop and wonder what he likes to photograph.
Central Park is visited by residents and tourists about 40million times a year and as natural as it seems it’s completely landscaped and manmade. Inside the park, you can find a number of recreation fields, a zoo, a carousel, a playground, a skating rink, and even a performance stage.
Banini’s photo of this New York man is somehow soothing and yet sparks the curious mind. It reminds you of all the many facets of New York City. If you’re interested in what New York City has to offer or maybe you’ve been thinking about taking a trip there, take a look at our North Eastern Explorer
Winner 5 – Kim Golledge, Varanasi, India
This week, our fifth winner, for the Faces of the Globe competition, is Kim Golledge who became the owner of an Olympus TG-3 Tough Camera for her photo of a smiling woman and child was certainly endearing and the shot was simply eye-catching.
At first glance, you might consider that there is nothing spectacular about this photo. Take another look. The smiles are so genuine and lend insight into a different kind of life than the one you may lead that it makes you wonder who you are and why they are so happy. Their beautiful smiles are just one facet of what you’ll find from faces of the globe.
Varanasi, known by other names such as Benares, Banaras, or Kashi, is a city that has been a cultural mecca of North India for thousands of years and is also known as the religious capital. It’s not surprising then to learn that it has been home to some of the most prominent philosophers, poets, writers, artists, and musicians since its earliest time.
Life is often centred around the Ganges as Varanasi is located right upon the river’s banks with sacred ghats that lead up from the water. Within the astounding city, there are more than an estimated 20,000 temples with the most popular being Kashi Vishwanath Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva). The city is teeming in a history rich with Hindu influence and culture that persists today.
This wonderful photo is inspiring and begs question of how many smiling faces we miss out on everyday. If Varanasi interests you or there’s something that catches your eye about India, then have a look at our Handpicked North India
Grand Prize Winner – Rod Gotfried, Hanoi, Vietnam
Congratulations to the grand prize winner of our Faces of the Globe Competition, Rod Gotfried, winning a OM-D E-M1 Weatherproof Camera Kit from Olympus AU. The submission is crafted beautifully in its composition and black & white colouring showing a Vietnamese man serenely smiling.
Our grand prize winner submitted us this stunning portrait and while there was tough competition, in the end we chose this photo because there was just no way we could not. There’s easily a hundred stories within this photo and we could speculate endlessly about the man, his life, and how he came to be photographed. It awakens the curious soul within us all.
Hanoi is the heart and soul of Vietnam with all of its colourful, fascinating beauty. An eclectic city with a rapidly growing population, traveling the busy and lively streets one can find French-styled architecture from the time of its French occupation. If you’re not taking in the sights then you can easily get caught up exploring the numerous museums, temples, and other contemporary sites.
If you find that this image stirs up your imagination or you’ve always wondered about taking a trip to Vietnam, take a look at our Handpicked Vietnam