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Stunning travel photograph is pure gold

2020 Better Photography
Photo of the Year winners are announced
(Image credit: Azim Khan Ronnie/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)

A stunning image of a Hindhu festival has won the top prize in this year's 2020 Better Photography 
Photo of the Year competition. The image has won Bangladeshi photographer Azim Khan Ronnie a total of AUS$2750 in the annual contest, scooping the overall prize as well as winning the Exotic Travel category, after gaining a Gold Award from all three of the competition judges.

“Every year, thousands of Hindu devotees gather for a religious festival in front of Shri Shri Lokenath Brahmachari Ashram temple", explains Azim Khan Ronnie. "The faithful sit in prayer surrounded by candles, named locally as Prodip. Lokenath Brahmachari,  was an 18th Century Hindu saint and philosopher in Bengal. The Hindu worshippers fast and pray in earnest to the gods for their favors during a traditional ritual, called Kartik Brati or Rakher Upobash". 

The winning image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (opens in new tab) with Canon 16-35mm lens.

Other 2020 category winners were Zay Lar Yin in the Emotive Portrait category; Grant Galbraith
 in the Classic Landscape category, and Charles Jones in the Revealing Nature category.

The Emotive Portrait category winner, shot in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia with a Nikon Z7 (opens in new tab) and with a Nikkor Z 14-30mm (opens in new tab) (Image credit: Zay Yar Lin/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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Classic Landscape Category Winner, shot at Twin Falls in Moreton National Park, NSW, Australia with a Sony A7R II and a recently acquired 24-105mm Sony G series lens

Classic Landscape Category Winner, shot at Twin Falls in Moreton National Park, NSW, Australia with a Sony A7R II (opens in new tab) and a recently acquired 24-105mm Sony G series lens (Image credit: Grant Galbraith/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)

Revealing Nature category winner shot from a boat on the River Yacuma in Bolivia, using Phase One XF IQ3 100MP medium format camera (opens in new tab) and a 75-150mm lens (Image credit: Charles Jones/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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Other commended images

The full list of prize winners can be seen on the competition website (opens in new tab), but here are some of our favorite runners up:

(Image credit: Zay Yar Lin/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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(Image credit: Azim Khan Ronnie/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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(Image credit: Suzanne Nelson/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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(Image credit: Kay Cypher/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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(Image credit: Kath Salier/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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(Image credit: Krzysztof Browko/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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(Image credit: Cerrina Smith/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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(Image credit: Clarence Shelton/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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(Image credit: Alok Avinash/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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(Image credit: Chandra Bong/Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year 2020)
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Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.


He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.