Carnivals & Festivals – Böögg and Fritschi

Sechseläuten festival, Zürich, Switzerland. Böögg the snowman is burnt on a huge bonfire on the main square, at six o'clock sharp, and his head blown off with fireworks. The precise length of time taken to reach that point determines how good or bad a summer the city is in for. On 17 April 2023 it took over 50 minutes. © Rudolf Abraham

Rudolf Abraham tells us why he loves photographing carnivals and traditional festivals, focusing on two he has covered in Switzerland over the past year.

Two Feet, One Lens – Hiking the Juliana Trail

Julian Alps, Slovenia © Rudolf Abraham

In the second instalment of Two Feet, One Lens, Rudolf Abraham describes his experience on the Juliana Trail in Slovenia – a 330km circuit of the country’s highest mountain, Triglav.

Photographing birds – a wing and a prayer?

Photographing birds isn’t as easy as it looks but you don’t have to do it on a wing and a prayer. Here we take a look at different approaches, how to get started, the equipment you need and some useful techniques to help get the shots.

Dinner or deadly – foraging for fungi

Nature’s larder is abundant with fruits, plants and fungi. In the woods you’ll find lots to eat, lots to avoid and many things with medicinal properties so it’s time to go framing for fungi. With a bushcraft expert, an adventure in autumn woodland proved to be a fascinating experience.

Two Feet, One Lens – Switzerland

Travelling with camera gear can be challenging but never more so when you have to carry everything yourself every step of the way. In Two feet, one lens, photographer Rudolf Abraham does just that and in this first adventure he takes us on the Tour des Combins in the Swiss Alps.

Road to more fun…

For our second festival, Monty takes us to the Cotswolds and an adventure on the silver screen for a weekend of fascinating films and inspiring people. The Adventure Travel Film Festival brings together films of the most amazing journeys and adventures, talks and masterclasses in a wonderful and all-inclusive setting.

Festival of fun

Wherever you are in the world there is bound to be a festival going on. In the UK, summer is the festival season, and many smaller and independent ones can be little gems worthy of our attention and great to experience, especially those with an arts and cultural theme.

Grizzly bear necessities in wild Alaska

Katmai; Alaska

Alaska is a wild and not easily accessible place. One of the rewards for getting to its more remote places is the opportunity to encounter wildlife in its own unspoilt natural habitat. My adventure was to meet and photograph the grizzly bears of Katmai.

Over-photographed: Chefchaouen, Morocco

Once a ‘hidden gem’, the blue city of Chefchaouen in northern Morocco, has become an Instagram sensation. Lured by the enduring appeal of its transcendental blue walls, the huge influx of visitors means the city is now at risk from overtourism.

In my mind’s eye

Monty and Chris are on the road again, this time it’s a journey of rediscovery to reignite a passion. After 20 years of running Travel Photographer of the Year, Chris is now looking to return to a life with much more time for photography. On this trip the objective was to try to realise images which had been in my head for some time.

Imminent death in paradise

Big Island, Hawaii

Hawaii is synonymous with palm fringed beaches against a volcanic backdrop. It’s a holiday destination but also a wild place. However, this wild side is under threat.

Making waves

Problems sorted, it’s now time to do the first proper photographic shoot from Big Blue. It’s been a long wait but David heads fo Spurn Point, camera in hand

Ready, steady… errr go!

Big Blue Is finished, or at least finished enough for a test drive, so it’s time to get her on the road and start making the dream become a reality.

The big why?

Early morning jogger, Pohara beach at sunrise

Photographer David Newton decided in to change his life and live on the road with his partner, Jess, young daughter Isla and Otis the dog. With the conversion of Big Blue almost complete David reflects on the dream ahead.

More land, sea, Skye

Monty and Chris are on the road again, this time for our long awaited adventure to the Scotland wester isles. Follow our journey – Part Two

Land, Sea, Skye

Monty and Chris are on the road again, this time for our long awaited adventure to the Scotland wester isles. Follow our journey – Part One

Over-photographed: the Eiffel Tower

© Craig Easton

In part four of our on-going series exploring how to think differently and create something unique in popular photography spots, it’s the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Over-photographed: Havana, Cuba

In part three of our on-going series exploring how to think differently and create something unique in popular photography spots, we take you to Havana in Cuba.

Over-photographed: Taj Mahal

ÔDhobisÕ wash clothes in the River Jamuna as the first rays of the sun strike the marble dome of the Taj Mahal. Agra, India. - TPOTY runner up - People & Places

Part two in our ongoing series exploring how to think differently and create something unique in popular photography spots.