Luang Prabang, Laos

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Title: Sunset over the Mekong

Photographer: Dirty Roy Diaz

Date taken: January 2008

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos

Behind the scenes: This moment summed up the feeling of a month spent travelling in Laos, January 2008. The warm, earthy colours of sun slowly setting from wide open sky; mountainous peaks and the mighty Mekong River; a reflection of a slower, traditional pace of life within the heart of South East Asia.

Camera used: Nikon D80 with 50mm lens

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Kerala, India

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Title: Early Morning Fisherman — Kerala Backwaters Southern India

Photographer: Barb Gannon

Date taken: January 2011

Location: Alleppey, Kerala, India

Behind the scenes: I spent 14 days in January 2011 cycling Southern India with a group of cyclists mainly from the UK. We rode dirty, busy roads, dodged buses and traffic, cycled through tea plantations, struggled up a category 1 mountain climb only to glide down the other side in two hours without pedalling, witnessed religious festivals featuring the "prettiest" elephant contest, safari'd in nature parks, ate food from street vendors (with no repercussions), body surfed in the Arabian sea (wowing the locals as women just don't do that sort of thing) and the ultimate was spending a day and night on a boat idling the Kerala backwaters. The backwaters support fishing and team with life from people to birds; it's a photographer's paradise from sunrise to sunset. I'll never forget this cruise; it was a welcome change from the bike seat.

Camera used: Canon EOS 7D

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Langkawi, Malaysia

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Title: Paradise

Photographer: Yusuf Millington-Hussain

Date taken: April 2010

Location: Langkawi, Malaysia

Behind the scenes: This photo was taken at sunset from our resort at Tanjung Rhu. It was just amazing to see such spectacular colours in the sky and how the water changed from crystal blue to this gorgeous blue-green. The islands you see in the distance is the coast of Thailand.

Camera used: Nikon D80

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Vorarlberg, Austria

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Title: Austrian Christmas Trees

Photographer: Diane Bennett

Date taken: December 2010

Location: Mittelberg, Vorarlberg, Austria

Behind the scenes: Taken from a gondola coming down from the summit of the Walmendinger Horn in Mittelberg on Christmas Day last year. A superb white Christmas.

Camera used: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

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California, United States

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Title: Gateway to happiness

Photographer: Corinne Reichert

Date taken: December 2009

Location: Disneyland, Anaheim, California, United States

Behind the scenes: My favourite place in the world at my favourite time of the year! Everything was decorated beautifully for Christmas, including this Mickey Mouse garden out the front. So much thought and detail goes into it all! For me, the photo captures the exact feel of Christmastime; the colours, the excited atmosphere and the white, wintery northern hemisphere.

Camera used: Samsung SL105

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Northern Territory, Australia

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Title: Dripstone Cliffs

Photographer: Keegan Smith

Date taken: July 2011

Location: Dripstone Park, Darwin, Northern Territory

Behind the scenes: I was in Darwin for business and was doing some driving up the beautiful coastline (the weather this time of year is fantastic). I saw the Dripstone Cliffs in Casuarina and immediately stopped the car to take some photos of them.

Since it was low tide, I was able to go to the bottom of the cliffs and get a photo from the beach side. I wanted to get a photo that would show the cliffs and the weather on the day.

Camera used: Nikon D5000

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Sabah, Malaysia

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Title: Grounded

Photographer: Darren Assey

Date taken: September 2009

Location: Sabah, Malaysia

Behind the scenes: A Tropical Storm had just blown over, the air was damp, but fresh. Walking along the beach, there were shells everywhere. I got this picture, as my wife was studying one in the distance.

Camera used: Canon PowerShot A710 IS

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New York, United States

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Title: Coney Island, New York

Photographer: Laura Parker

Date taken: March 2010

Location: Coney Island, New York

Behind the scenes: This was taken on the day that Coney Island officially re-opened for the summer. It was one of the coldest days of the year. The place was like a ghost town; the Ferris wheel carriages were empty, there was no line for cheesy hot dogs outside Nathan's, and no sound of running feet on the boardwalks. No one around. Except us.

Camera used: Canon EOS 400D

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Minnesota, United States

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Title: Outstanding in his field

Photographer: Pam Carroll

Date taken: June 2010

Location: Wilmont, Minnesota

Behind the scenes: This Midwest farmer's daughter went home to find the corn was more than "knee-high by the 4th of July". This is about as far from an ocean as you can get, but with the wind blowing the stalks, it does resemble a green sea.

Camera used: Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Cape Reinga, New Zealand

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Title: Cape Reinga Lighthouse

Photographer: Annie Chan

Date taken: July 2011

Location: Cape Reinga, Northland, New Zealand

Behind the scenes: The most north-western point on New Zealand's north island. It's six hours drive from Auckland through various terrains (forest, flats, hills, etc) with a full 270-degree panoramic view of undisturbed coastline.

Camera used: Sony Alpha NEX-5 with 18-55mm lens

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