The wild ponies of Assateague and Chincoteague Islands on Virginia’s Eastern Shore were immortalised in the beloved Misty of Chincoteague series of children’s books penned by Marguerite Henry, first published in 1947. When horse enthusiast and Australian travel writer Deborah Dickson-Smith was presented with the opportunity to witness the annual ‘Pony Swim’ in person, she literally galloped at the opportunity. Both islands are now a mecca for horse lovers, with thousands camping on the island each year to see them cross the channel during this now annual event. Many, like Deborah, also travel just for spectacular photography opportunities. She was blessed with some pretty special, golden sunrise lighting on this occasion.
135mm ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/200, Canon EOS 70D
Photography © Deborah Dickson-Smith
Spain is famous for its Camino de Santiago, the incredible pilgrimage to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. But in a way it overshadows all other walking trails; some of Spain’s most storied landscapes come to life on extensive trails throughout the country. Travel writer and photographer James Taylor completed a stretch of the Cami de Ronda along the coast in Catalonia, snaking its way along the beguiling Costa Brava from Barcelona to the French border. Alive with twisting cliffs, hidden coves boasting striking turquoise water, and ancient fishing villages that have retained their charms despite the riches of tourism, this is one of Spain’s most popular coasts for tourism.
The beaches are divine and the seafood fresh, but traversing the Cami de Ronda lets you immerse yourself in the nature of the coast and whisk yourself away from the crowds, exploring the wild stretches of coast that connect the picturesque villages. The path winds along the entire Costa Brava, at times wide and well-paved, at other times disappearing into the thick Mediterranean forests and forgotten, sandy coves. And like the Pyrenees mountains to the north, this too was a haven for smugglers during the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s reign, a time when the local fishermen would use the cover of the coast’s countless hidden coves to land goods in Spain and smuggle them into nearby Barcelona.
53mm ISO 125, f/22, 1/30, Canon EOS 700D
Photography © James Taylor
Alister Birman’s incredibly candid photography of these three men during Pulikali in Kerala, India takes us to a place we want to be: amongst a hive of colour and activity in a foreign country. The translation of Pulikali is ‘The tiger dance’ and it's a form of dancing-cum-folk art where performers are painted like tigers and leopards in bright yellow or red and they shake their bellies to the beat of the Udukku percussion drum.
Congratulations to Alister Birman for winning our Frame Your View competition. Alister has scored an Olympus camera for entering this incredible shot.