26 talented photographers who won “AAP Magazine #20: Travels

All About Photo is delighted to reveal the names of the 26 talented photographers who won “AAP Magazine #20: Travels”. The many mind-blowing entries come from talented photographers who traveled around the world.

Each month All About Photo offers the opportunity to dedicated and passionate artists to showcase their work in our printed edition "AAP Magazine". For this 20th edition we were looking for travel photographs, near and far, to the edge of the earth and to the places perhaps known only to a few. There's a world out there to explore and each winning photographer shows us a glimpse of the diversity of our planet.

From Nomads in Northen Russia or Sahel, to a church in Ethiopia or wild landscapes in Australia, we virtually travel to the four corners of the earth. Kyrgyzstan, Soviet Union, Tibet, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Israel, Armenia, South Sudan, Benin, Bangladesh, Peru, The Arctic circle, Ethiopia, France, India, Greenland, Finland, Japan and the United States are amongst the countries you will be able to discover in the 20th edition of AAP Magazine.

The Winner of AAP Magazine 20 Travels is Yulia Nevskaya (Russian Federation) with her series "People of Tundra" The Second Place Winner is Alain Schroeder (Belgium) with his series "Dead Goat Polo" The Third Place Winner is Paul B Goode (United States) from his series "The Soviet Union"

The top 3 winners will be awarded $1,000.
All winners will have their work showcased on All About Photo Winners Gallery, and published in the printed issue of AAP Magazine #20 Travels.

1st Place Winner: Yulia Nevskaya (Russian Federation)
Title of the image: Nomads
Title of the series: People of tundra

In the far north of Russia, on the Taimyr Peninsula, indigenous peoples continue to live according to the traditional way of life: they wander from place to place with their herds of deer. In the photo there is a Nenets family, Angelina Venga, together with her three children.

The indigenous peoples of the north spend all years in the tundra from birth to ripe old age. Except for the time when children leave to study in boarding schools. It was surprising for me to learn that they are not hostages of the situation, they have a choice. Many families have apartments in settlements, but they do not want to live in them. Of their own free will, they choose to roam the endless expanses of the tundra all their lives. They don't need another life.

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2nd place Winner: Alain Schroeder (Belgium)
Title of the image: Dead Goat Polo 10
Title of the series: Dead Goat Polo

A game of Kok Boru in the village of Taldy-Bulak. A rider throws the goat into the tai kazan (goal). The men share great respect for the sacrificed animal despite the roughness of the action. The origins of this legendary game lie somewhere between nomads hunting or defending their livestock against predatory wolves, to men and horses honing their fighting skills.

Kok Boru is the national sport of Kyrgyzstan. Dead Goat Polo as some refer to it looks more like cavalier rugby with a headless goat as a ball. Two teams of five fearless men on horseback try to score a point by heaving the 20-kilo body into the tai kazan (goal) at either end.

Only stallions are used in this game because they are naturally anti-social and eager to fight off rivals. The players train their horses to muscle out other horses in the pack while they themselves wrestle each other to snatch the goat and gallop toward the goal, slamming into the rubber tires of the meter-high mound.

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3rd Place Winner: Paul B Goode (United States)
Title of the image: Lenin’s Tomb
Title of the series: The Soviet Union

I traveled to the Soviet Union 10 times from 1988-1992. I was there working with the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballets. When not in the theatres I wandered the streets photographing strangers and the people I met. It was a dark but exciting time for that country. Bread lines were long. The store shelves were empty. The winds of change were in the air and there was for the first time the possibility of freedom. You could see both despair and hope in the faces of the people. Most important their emotions were honest. It is that truth I sought to capture.

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The other winners featured in the Merit Award’s Gallery are:

Larry Snider (United States), Nicola Ducati (Italy), France Leclerc (United States), Hoang Long Ly (Vietnam), Jordi Cohen (Spain), Ted and Nune ( United States), Kimmo Sahakangas (United States), Johan Gerrits ( Netherlands), Monica Testa (Italy), Sujon Adhikary (Bangladesh), Animesh Ray (United States), Dede Pickering (United States), Matty Karp (Israel), Julien Coomans (Belgium), Jim Esposito (United States), Barry Guthertz (United States), Robi Chakraborty (India/United States), Antoine Buttafoghi (France), Carole Glauber (Israel), Trevor Messersmith (United States), Melissa Stewart (Australia), Debbie Smyth (United Kingdom) and Don Jacobson (United States)

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