Flickr challenge: ‘Forever’ theme results

Every week we challenge travel photographers to enter their best image for a specific theme. Our community on Flickr then has a week to vote for their favourite images.

The ‘Forever’ challenge has just finished. Let’s take a look at the results.

This week’s winner

Great Wall, Mutianyu section - Square Lamb

China’s Great Wall straddles the frosty countryside

This is a beautiful winning shot from Square Lamb, depicting the Mùtiányù section of the Great Wall with a light dusting of February snow on the ground. We love the way the photo has been framed, with the Wall itself leading our eyes from the bottom corner back and forth across the image… in fact, if you look closely, you can just make out where it continues along the hillside to the top right.

This week’s runners-up

Back to the portal - R*Pacoma

A peek at the impressive underside of the Scripps Pier, California

R*Pacoma has achieved a fantastic balance with this photo from the California coast outside San Diego, great for diving and snorkeling. The simple subject matter and composition are put to great use, ensuring our focus is on the amazing sense of perspective and infinite distance. The impossibly still water at the base of the shot completes the eerie, yet relaxing effect!

Forever - TravelPixelz

Breathtaking night skies in the Oberuckersee area, Germany

We love this capture of the Milky Way taken by TravelPixelz in the Brandenburg region. Most of the image is devoted to the incredible swathe of stars, but we appreciate the extra interest provided by the reflections in the water below. The blue colour palette also sets this photo apart, as what could be the light of dawn creeps in from the left.

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The imposing colossi of the Great Temple at Abu Simbel ©

What an impressive shot from! The oblique angle accentuates the scale and majesty of the three statues of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel, and the choice of black and white highlights the amazing texture of the stonework. We also like the use of darkness around the edges of the frame – it really makes the monument stand out.

Train Graveyard (Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia) - rabbit.Hole

Trains suffering permanent delays on the Bolivian salt flats

The Cementerio de Trenes often provides inspiration for photographers visiting Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, and we can see why! In rabbit.Hole’s shot, the juxtaposition between rusting metal and desert landscape is further emphasised by the idyllic blue sky. We also like the way our gaze is led along the train and off into the distance.

This week’s staff picks

Love forever locks and Teekontor Krogmann in Hamburg - hsadura

An enchanting vista along the Hamburg canals

Our first pick is this charming photo from hsadura in Hamburg, Germany. The love locks along the top are a subtle nod to the challenge theme, and they serve to frame the rest of the image nicely. We especially like the contrast between the texture of the water and the crisp shaft of light reaching across the canal, seemingly inviting us in!

Here to stay (at least for a very long time). - gornabanja

Enduring plastic remnants of modern convenience in India

Although this second pick isn’t necessarily one we’d hang on the wall, we were nonetheless impressed by gornabanja’s shot from Kerala. We appreciate the different perspective on the week’s theme, and there’s a strange beauty about the way the different bottles catch the light. It’s a good reminder of the importance of responsible tourism, and we hope the detritus won’t really be there forever…

You can check out all the entries on our leaderboard. Next week’s theme is ‘Guide’. Interested in taking part? Visit our Flickr challenge page to find out more!