Holiday photos... Winter 18-19 finalists

| February 8, 2019

We love to see our client’s photos once they have returned from a Cox & Kings holiday and have received some amazing images from our very talented and well-travelled clients. Here are some of our favourites:

Winner: Paul Rathbone – The late evening sunlight in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

At the end of a wonderful 4x4 tour around the moonscape-like ancient valleys and towering sandstone hills of Wadi Rum, our Bedouin guide stopped for us to watch the setting sun. To enhance the sense of tranquillity, I walked a hundred or so metres from our vehicle. As I turned to look back, the dome shaped hill behind me glowed with an orange hue, and every small topographic feature of the desert was enhanced in the fading sunlight. I found myself taking photos in the opposite direction of the very scene we had been brought to witness!

Commended: Chris Chandler – Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, India

I’d always wanted to see a tiger in the wild. 60 years later, here I was in Ranthambore National Park – my last chance to fulfil the dream. As the Jeep rounded a bend in the forest track, treepies and langurs screamed in the canopy above. The vehicle stopped. “Tiger” whispered our guide. The hairs on my neck stood up. I peered into the forest and there it was, laying low, half buried in fallen leaves. Stretching, it stood up and walked towards us. It passed within a whisker and then it was gone, back into the forest.

Commended: Fiona Williams – Green iguana in Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Taken on a beautiful sunny December morning boat cruise from Mawamba Lodge in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. The green iguana was sunning itself on a branch overhanging the water. During the breeding season, the heads and bodies of the males can turn an orange colour and I think this photo captures it effectively against the bright blue sky. Out of shot is a female located lower down on the same branch so I think he is hoping we will move on quickly. I like the watchful expression in his eye!

Commended: Christopher Davies – Would-be traders at Esna Locks, Egypt

It was the day that I was hit by a flying kaftan. We had settled down to breakfast in our Nile-level dining room aboard the Oberoi Zahra as we cruised towards the locks at Esna. Small boats appeared on either side of the ship and threw ropes to be towed along beside us. They stayed for an hour or so, alarmingly making a tight squeeze inside the locks. Traders would aim plastic bags packed with their goods at the sun deck in the hope of a sale. Kaftans, bedspreads, tablecloths: all shifted well both by trajectory and sales.

Commended: Malcolm MacBain – Grey heron on An India Wildlife Odyssey

We were on an early morning boat safari to Satpura National Park. The sun had just come up and many of the birds were out and about looking for food. Being in the boat provided the opportunity to see and photograph some of the water birds, such as this grey heron from a low viewpoint. While we were in the boat, we had a pair of pied kingfishers diving from a great height into the water, very close to our boat.

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