A unique selection of more than 80 winning images from the past five years of the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) go on display in a magnificent location today, Sunday 2 October, when the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition opens in the South Transept of Chester Cathedral and runs until 27 October.
These particular award-winning images from this global contest have never been displayed together before, the unique curation bespoke for this exhibition. The images on display give a beautiful and thought-provoking view of life on this planet, as seen through the lens of hugely talented photographers from around the world. Visitors can vote for their favourite shot – and have the chance to win books and other goodies from TPOTY.
From the drama of a ‘drillbit’ tornado rapidly approaching a small settlement in the USA to a serene view across the water to Scotland’s Rùm island and the eerie beauty of trees in a blizzard in Sardinia, the exhibition features wonderful images of landscapes and climate. Many of the images in the exhibition give fascinating glimpses into the lives and cultures of the people of our planet, from the ‘Sapeurs’ of the Democratic Republic of Congo and a puppeteer entertaining children amidst the destruction of war-torn Syria to a young Geisha in Japan and the Mundari tribespeople of South Sudan. And the exhibition also contains some truly outstanding wildlife images, from enchanting photographs of bears and pumas with their young to conservation efforts to protect orangutans in Malaysia and underwater images taken at night of mysterious creatures that light up the darkness.
The Cathedral and exhibition are open for visitors from 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am to 4pm on Sundays. Founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092, the Cathedral has a rich and varied history. The original church was built in the Romanesque or Norman style, parts of which can still be seen today. This church was subsequently rebuilt from around 1250 onward in the Gothic style, a process which took about 275 years and resulted in the incredible structure seen today. With the most complete set of monastic buildings in the country, a Georgian square and series of streets, the remains of Roman barracks on the Dean’s field and the largest open green spaces within the walls, visitors can experience everything the Cathedral has to offer. The Refectory Café – set in the thirteenth century monks’ dining hall – is the perfect post-tour pick-me-up, and the inspiring Gift Shop offers a range of sustainably sourced unique gifts and souvenirs, locally sourced.
Travel Photographer of the Year is open from Sunday 2 October to Thursday 27 October. Donations towards the administration and maintenance of this magnificent building are welcome.