Finalist in the Travel Photographer of the Year, 2020 Competition

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Really rather pleased and extremely humbled that this image - taken on Haast Beach on the west Coast of NZ's South Island back in February - is a Finalist in this year's Travel Photographer of the Year - in the 'Solitude' category.

Particularly gratifying given that there were over 25,000 entries from more than 140 countries - and that I'm one of about 30 UK finalists. Announcement of the winners is due to  take place sometime in January, 2021. 

The photograph was taken whilst on a trip around New Zealand’s South Island  in February 2020 – we decided to do an overnight stop at Haast Beach, a little settlement with just a motel, a general store and a garage. The beach itself, which stretches for miles, is strewn with the debris of trees washed up by heavy storms.

Whilst pretty windy, it was a beautiful evening with a stunning sunset which just got better and better. There was one other couple also on the beach – I was able to get this image of them in the distance - backlit by the spray being blown up by the waves and Mount Aspiring National Park in the background – a wonderful place!

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