Photo: Matt Horspool
Location: Lake Buyan, Bali
Photography, Berlin Travel Night, Outdoors
The Traveler and The Great Outdoors
The first Berlin Photo Week launches with a series of events, workshops, photo walks, tours, and awards.
Berlin Travel Festival
From October 10–14, the first Berlin Photo Week launches. It’s packed full of events, including talks, photowalks with pros, museum tours, the EyeEm Awards magazine launch, studio visits, a day-long conference, all culminating in the award ceremony of the best photography in ten categories.
Not to be missed is the PACK exhibition, featuring photography by Sven Marquardt (yes, Sven of Berghain fame) at Galerie Deschler, the Fototage Fair hosted by Berlin’s favorite photo store, Foto Meyer, and the Berlin Photo Week Conference on Saturday, featuring speakers such as photographer and artist Michael Najjar who will talk about his work; Rebecca Swift from Getty Images with a talk on visual trends; and a tech talk on the intersection of photography and VR.
Naturally, we were curious about our two favorite categories, “The Traveler” and “The Great Outdoors.” The winners will be presented at Berlin Travel Night #02 on Tuesday, October 16 at The Reed. Here are a few of the images up for the awards, with the stories behind them by the photographers.
“It took over two years of planning and preparing: The Land Rover Experience Tour is an ambitious expedition series through some of the most remote places on earth. To access the almost inaccessible corners of Australia’s Outback, we not only needed a logistical miracle but also the permission of Australia’s traditional landowners. Each tribe’s chief granted us the honor to cross the Outback through their sacred land – reopening ancient trails that have not been used for decades and are normally closed for both locals and tourists. This image was taken during our encounter with the indigenous Yolngu people in north-eastern Arnhem Land. Arnhem Land is a vast area of Aboriginal-owned land, where the indigenous groups have managed to establish a traditional cultural lifestyle governed by ancient ceremonial laws. The Yolngu men held a welcome ceremony for us – followed by long night around the campfire.” – Henning Lüke
“A train ride can be one of the most comfortable and enjoyable journeys that a person can experience over a long distance … bliss compared to a bus ride. … People commuting via train is very common in Bangladesh, especially when it’s a long trip. The majority of these people are beggars, hawkers, labor, and very low earning people whom are coming to Dhaka to earn a living and provide a meal for their families. They can’t afford the train ride, so they end up climbing the roof of the train while the station master is unaware. I even spoke with a few people who travel on the roof of the train because they simply enjoy it, since there is an adrenaline rush. Sometimes these people fall off and get injured severely, losing their limbs and sometimes their lives, but that does not stop them from traveling this way. This has also become a great place for the hawkers to make a profit for themselves by selling tea, biscuits, and cigarettes to these train passengers who are traveling atop, risking their own lives in the process.” – Jakir Hossain Rana
“Dusty ride of herds which shepherds take to foothills of Mount Nemrut to graze in Turkey’s Bitlis province. The crater of Nemrut Volcano is one of the largest caldera of the world while its lake is world’s second largest one the area is generally covered by snow and the temperature is approximately -20, which is why shepherds have only one chance to graze their herds in the short two months of summer.
During that time, all family members have to put forth their efforts to overcome this tough journey. While men take the responsibility of all animals, women take care of household chores, and their loyal shepherd’s dogs keep the herds safe.
I had just three days to capture this unique moment under these circumstances. I had more than one thousand shots and this fascinating moment was captured.” – Veysel Erbin
Photo: Vitali Kozhar
Location: Jaisalmer, India
“It was afternoon. We were 50km away from the city moving toward the desert. These people were coming to the city, most were local farmers. People looked so different there, like they are from our past. They looked as if they were traveling via time machine.” – Vitali Kozhar
“We all are small and not as important as we might think we are.” – Dirk Hoffmann