Winner, Travel, Open Competition: My photo “Rain in Ancient Town” was shot in southern China - Phoenix Town - which shows a scene of people traveling in the rain during the rainy season. In the background there are old residential buildings and an old stone bridge.
Winner, Spain, National Award: Young Mohammed Salam - in the foreground - travels regularly on iron ore hoppers through the Mauritanian Sahara, from the open-pit hematite mine center of Zouerat, to the commercial port of Nouadhibou. The journey is precarious and exhausting, but free transportation of goods provide him and his colleagues with a way to make a living. The so called “Sahara Express” was completed in 1963, three years after Mauritania’s independence as a french colony, and it is considered one of the longest trains in the world. Exceeding 2.5 km long, it runs daily almost 700 Km from the deep desert to the Atlantic coast and it takes about 17 hours.