TTIM 116 – Winners of the January 2018 Photo Contest

January 2018 Photo Contest Winners

As you might know, we are doing a bi-monthly photo contest on our Facebook group, The Traveling Image Makers’ Corner. We invite the group members to submit one of their best photographs and, at the end of the period, we pick two winners and invite them to come on the show and tell us about their winning images and their photography.

The winners for the month of January 2018, Fabian Pfitzinger and Kevin Wenning, submitted photos taken in Wadi Rum, Jordan and Tinmel, Morocco, respectively. We thought those two stood above the rest, but it was a tough choice, since we got so many amazing submissions.

Would you like to be one of the next guests on the podcast? Head over to our Facebook group, ask to join (if you’re not already a member) and look for the post pinned to the top for instructions. The contest for the month of March 2018 is already open and we intend to do a new contest every two months. Let’s see your best travel images!

Duration 44m 00s.


TTIM 115 – Danielle Da Silva and Photographers Without Borders

Danielle Da SilvaDanielle Da Silva is a director, photographer, public speaker, activist and writer who specialises in sustainable development and psychology. Her main focus is communicating the extraordinary efforts of people around the world working to solve the most challenging problems. Her deepest passions are conserving parklands, fostering equality, and empowering ordinary people to find their power. Danielle is the Founder and CEO of Photographers Without Borders (PWB) and a Co-Founder of the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary.

Danielle is comfortable in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, some Swahili and Indonesian, and can read and write Arabic. She is hoping to familiarise herself with Hindi and ASL as well. Danielle has earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Conservation Biology, Psychology and Global Studies with Honours from the University of Western Ontario, as well as an MSc. in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.

Duration 35m 48s.


TTIM 114 – How To Take Great Travel Photos


TTIM 114 – How To Take Great Travel Photos

We often get emails and messages from listeners who ask us advice on how to take great travel photos, so this week we wanted to record a special episode. We don’t have the usual interview with a guest this time but decide instead to spend some time giving you our best tips to help you get better photos every time you take a trip.

Some examples of the topics we covered include:

  1. The importance of a shot list
  2. Telling stories
  3. The power of one
  4. Having a theme in mind
  5. Watching your backgrounds
  6. Timing and anticipation
  7. Don’t be shy
  8. Point and shoot

This is an episode packed with useful, practical information, but if you love interviews don’t worry. We’ll be back next week with another awesome guest.

If you found this useful and would love more detail, don’t miss Ralph’s next free webinar (Tuesday, February 20 at 8 pm CT) where he will be going much more in depth about his favorite tips for taking great travel photographs.

Duration 45m 41s.


TTIM 113 – Jen Loong and Wandersnap

Jen LoongJen Loong (龙晓灵) is the snap-happy founder for a new type of travel tech startup that marries photography with social impact. Jen’s vision is to start an empathy movement, where vanity can create social good with real income opportunities in developing communities.

Living truly as a global citizen tracing her upbringing in HK, Vancouver and Shanghai, Jen has since travelled to 42+ countries photographing underprivileged communities, and speaking five languages in total. Her stories from the road can be seen in the Huffington Post, VICE, Globe and Mail, just to name a few. You can view more of her experiences in running the inaugural North Korea Pyongyang Marathon, farming in a Nepali women’s co-op, and dancing in the matriarchal Mosuo tribe in Yunnan on Instagram @loongstoryshort.

To marry her passions for deeper social impact and story-telling, Jen is launching her own venture, Wandersnap – a travel photographer for-hire platform as a means to offer job opportunities around developing worlds. Creativity should not be a first-world privilege. Jen’s venture has been accepted as one of 24 from around the world as part of UPenn Wharton’s Global Social Impact House cohort for 2016, through which the venture will come into full fruition.

At 28, Jen leads by example in how millennials can make a difference in communities around the world. CampaignAsia most recently nodded her as one of the “Top 20 Women to Watch in Asia,” crediting Jen for both her career and personal pursuits. In her spare time, she teaches indoor spinning in Shanghai, and is currently the Asia brand ambassador for Kfit (Asia’s ClassPass-like platform), encouraging more Asians to partake in sweaty adventures. Beyond fitness, she had also previously served as a Child Rights Ambassador for HK to the United Nations in Geneva. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in Finance and Economics.

Duration 40m25s.


TTIM 112 – Taylor Roades and A Protest Against Forgetting

Taylor RoadesWe recently found this article at the Matador Network website: 17 female travel photographers who slayed 2017 and it got us thinking that we should have more women on the show. I know we always strive to be as inclusive as possible, but sometimes it’s hard to think of female photographers in an industry that is very much male-dominated, so we were more than happy to have so many names to pick potential guests from. By the way, the list was compiled by our good friend and past guest, Kate Siobhan Mulligan, so thank you Kate!

Anyway, we found some names on that list that we hadn’t heard of previously and discovered some great work and fascinating insights into the world of travel photography by looking at their websites, so we started sending out invites to some of them and this is how we got to know our guest of this week, Taylor Roades.

Taylor is a self taught travel photographer based in Vancouver British Columbia; originally from Toronto, ON. Photography has taken her across Asia, and South America. She says she’s lugged too much gear through the Rocky Mountains, Patagonia, and the SubArctic.

Travel is what is what sparked her interest in photography, but it is telling stories of conservation, people, adventure, and culture that keeps her interested.

She works on a variety of editorial, commercial and reportage style assignments with companies and organizations that share a vision for sustainability and an appreciation for story.

Duration 37m 59s.


TTIM 111 – Ollie Dale and the Lost Clipper

Ollie DaleOur guest for this week’s episode is Ollie Dale.

Ollie started his photographic career aboard a cruise ship in 2001. When he returned to New Zealand in 2003 he set himself up as a freelance photographer, and in 2005 started his company, PhotoNZ Ltd.

In 2008 he joined the NZ Institute of Professional Photography, was the Chairman of the Auckland region from 2009-10, and a part of the Honours Council from 2010-15.

In that time he achieved the level of Fellow of the NZIPP, and has judged at the Professional Photography Awards in NZ (Iris) and Australia (APPA).

His Clients over the years have included many household names, the largest of which are Mazda, Microsoft, Vodafone, Flight Centre and the Auckland Airport.

Ollie now works 2 days a week at the Auckland Airport, creating photo and video content for their social channels and for all sorts of corporate communications.

The original “Virtually Famous” was a title for a small documentary he created in 2012, all about how social media was changing the landscape for photographers, and everyone. He interviewed a number of people who influenced him and asked them about how they used Social Media to grow their brands, interact with followers and become virtually famous.

Recently Ollie has been hired to be the official photographer and videographer of the Lost Clipper expedition to the island of Chuuk, where they will try to find evidence about what could have been the first hijacking in the history of aviation, so we wanted to know all about this fascinating search for a plane that vanished in 1938.

We also asked Ollie for insights into pursuing aerial photography with a drone and what it means to be the official photographer aboard a cruise ship. This is an episode that is packed full with information on a variety of topics that will certainly keep you entertained and engaged.

Duration 44m 12s.


TTIM 110 – Scott Bourne and Bird Photography

Scott BourneScott Bourne is President of US Operations at Skylum Software (Formerly Macphun,) an Olympus Visionary and a professional wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He was one of the founders of This Week In Photo, Founded and is co-founder of the Photo Podcast Network.

Scott is a regular contributor to several photography related blogs and podcasts and his photography has appeared in more than 200 books and magazines. He is a trainer at both ThinkTapLearn and, and is the author of 11 photography books.

Duration 44m 12s.


TTIM 109 – Karl Grobl in Cambodia

Karl GroblTraveling to the far corners of the world to tell compelling picture stories, award-winning humanitarian photojournalist Karl Grobl reveals the human side of issues faced by people across the globe. His images highlight those basic human elements that comprise the fabric binding all cultures together in our rapidly homogenizing, yet sometimes divided, global community.

Peering well beyond the surface of unfolding stories, Karl’s photographs reveal the heart, and sometimes, heart-wrenching truth. His images offer viewers intimate glimpses into the lives of ordinary people worldwide, and provide us with the opportunity to reflect and understand their personal struggles and triumphs.

With a keen awareness and reverence for human dignity, Karl creates photographs that not only educate and motivate but also stir the viewers’ deep emotion.

Grobl specializes in humanitarian photojournalism, documenting relief efforts and development work of NGOs worldwide. His clients include World Vision, World Relief, World Emergency Relief, Freedom from Hunger, Catholic Relief Services, Family Health International, Pan American Development Foundation and many more.

Karl has worked for more than 85 different NGOs in over 50 countries, including Sudan, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Peru, Bolivia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Senegal, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Sudan. Covering issues including conflict, post-conflict resolution and reconstruction, HIV/AIDS, prostitution, human trafficking, malaria, cholera, environmental degradation as well as micro-finance and education; Karl’s images have helped countless NGO’s illustrate their programs on Annual Reports, websites and in all sorts of communications.

“My goal is always to create high-impact, evocative images which not only inform, but also spark the desire to become involved… images that cause reflection upon and empathy with another human being’s struggle, all the while, respecting the dignity of those who appear in the photos. When successful, my imagery reveals a common humanity, allowing viewers to see a bit of themselves in other human beings, half a world away. Beyond just providing information… the images should motivate viewers to take action”.

Karl’s images have appeared in publications such as Newsweek, CNN, Geo, Town and Country magazine and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, but the largest majority of his photos appear in the annual reports, newsletters and communications materials of his humanitarian organization clients. Karl’s non-NGO work is represented by Zuma Press, the premier international editorial picture agency and wire service. His 2005 Haiti photo-story “City of God” was nominated for a World Press Photo Award.

Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Karl spent more than a month embedded with five different non-governmental organizations documenting tsunami relief efforts in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. One year later he returned to document the reconstruction. He has covered post conflict peacebuilding efforts in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and East Timor, HIV/Aids issues in Africa and Asia as well as Human trafficking in Cambodia and the Philippines.

In addition to his rigorous international travel schedule, Karl teaches photography workshops and leads international photography tours. He is a regular lecturer on photography and photojournalism and a long time member of the National Press Photographers Association. Karl is a member of the Advisory Counsel of Focus For Humanity, a non profit organization, who’s mission is to provide financial support, resources and training for professional and amateur photographers wishing to work with NGOs. He also works as a technical consultant for several photographic and photography-related technology companies and was featured in a world wide advertising campaign for SanDisk memory cards.

Duration 46m 27s.


TTIM 108 – Winners of the October-November 2017 Photo Contest

October-November 2017 Photo Contest Winners

As you might know, we are doing a bi-monthly photo contest on our Facebook group, The Traveling Image Makers’ Corner. We invite the group members to submit one of their best photographs and, at the end of the period, we pick two winners and invite them to come on the show and tell us about their winning images and their photography.

The winners for the months of October-November 2017, Gea Gaetani d’Aragona and Mark Farrington, submitted photos taken in Kinderdijk, Netherlands and Paris, France, respectively. We thought those two stood above the rest, but it was a tough choice, since we got so many amazing submissions.

Would you like to be one of the next guests on the podcast? Head over to our Facebook group, ask to join (if you’re not already a member) and look for the post pinned to the top for instructions.The contest for the month of January 2018 is already open and we intend to do a new contest every two months. Let’s see your best travel images!

Duration 38m 43s.


TTIM 107 – Luka Esenko and SNAPP Guides

Luka Esenko

Luka Esenko has travelled to 50+ countries around the globe and has plenty more on his ‘go to’ list. Initially an enjoyable hobby, photography soon became a way of life for Luka and he has since established himself as one of the leading landscape photographers in Slovenia.

Luka started life as a tour guide and worked his way up in tourism. He attributes his finely honed navigational skills, survival instinct and ability to remain calm in the face of any crisis to his time spent guiding student and budget tours in Morocco, Greece and Turkey followed by a challenging stint in events management! Having established his own photography tour company in 2008 he now enjoys leading small groups of photographers across the Adriatic region, sharing his passion for nature, outdoor life and his love of the mountains – where he is at his happiest.

His latest venture is SNAPP Guides, a photography location finding app which offers a collection of quality destination guides to help photographers discover incredible photography spots and get the best from each shoot.

Luka’s work has led him to collaborate with internationally renowned photographers such as Jonathan Chritchley (UK), Sean Bagshaw (US), Jeremy Woodhouse (UK), Deborah Sandidge (US), Marc Muench (US) and Tom Bol (US) to name just a few. His work has featured in National Geographic, in various photography magazines, travel guides and online media and is regularly sought after by the Slovenian Tourist Board.

Luka lives in Ljubljana with his partner, Neja, and their young son Brin, both of whom have embraced the spirit of a photographer’s life on the go and often accompany Luka on his travels.

Duration 45m 02s.