Time to show off the longlist for our Travel Story Awards’ Photo Essay category…
We asked you to nominate "A photo post that captures a destination or travel theme in a beautiful, inspiring, challenging, interesting or innovative way," and the creativity and diversity of the entries blew us away.
The list below showcases our top 15, though we wish we could fit many more in.
- Voting for the Photo Essay Award will open on December 11th.
- A shortlist of five bloggers, drawn from the longlist below, will be revealed when voting begins.
- The winning blogger will be announced in January, and will receive a week’s free accommodation from Hostelworld
Photo Essay Longlist: the Top 15 Nominations
Just One Way Ticket
"Tokyo the way it is."
"Seattle knows how to tell a story with her photos."
Time Travel Turtle
"This isn't your usual tourist spot. In fact, you're not even supposed to go in. But who can resist the eeriness of an abandoned Japanese theme park?"
"Amazing photos and a unique and difficult thing to do. Interesting story."
"After a powerful earthquake hit the island of Bohol in the Philippines, a lot of its old heritage structures were destroyed. This slideshow features the heritage churches of the island, presented before and after the earthquake."
"Inspirational, without with need for ultra professional photography or the use of apps. Beautiful shots of a beautiful looking place."
"The people of an unusual destination captured in an intriguing manner, with a great story."
Around the World in Eighty Years
Canvas of Light
"Stunning images of Italy"
"These photos of Cartagena in Colombia will make anyone want to visit this gorgeous, colourful and vibrant Caribbean city!"
Off the Path
"Showcasing beautiful Australia"
The Road to Anywhere
"This post captures the beauty of the scenery along the Great Ocean Road in Australia."
"In addition to gorgeous sea shots, Peter found a great theme for this photo essay in playing on the history of The Great Siege of Malta."
"Many people often overlook Romania, but this selection of Instagrams really showcases the beauty of the country."
The Planet D
"Not too many people think of travel to South Australia when visiting but when they see these photos of its varied landscapes, they'll change their minds."
Congratulations to all nominees!
Stay tuned for the rest of our Travel Story Award category longlists, coming soon:
Photo Essay Award Longlist
Best Travel Video Award Longlist
Positive Impact Story Award Longlist
Food Story Award Longlist
Funny Story Award Longlist
Debate Award Longlist
Original Story Award Longlist
Adventure Story Award Longlist
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