The Big Picture reader photo competition winner announced, September 3, 2016

Selecting from the best of more than 2200 images received over the past six months, The Age photo editor Leigh Henningham, editorial producer Kylie McLaughlin and Sydney Morning Herald photographer Nick Moir and Clique Photo Club community manager Louisa Kirby have chosen a winner.

Congratulations to Callie Chee, of Cronulla,  for her winning image from Nepal. Chee and a partner or friend will travel to Indochina for a 13-day APT Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights cruise and tour.

The judges' agreed that the image of the Nepalese man on the bridge  not only captured the beauty of the mountain landscape but also gives a real sense of adventure and the vulnerability of the bridge walker shown perfectly with such a dramatic backdrop.

"The winning shot offers everything a good travel photo should: set in a destination of great adventure, it had a sense of place, together with some fortuitous timing which paid off with dividends," said one judge.

Chee says Nepal was a last-minute itinerary change from her planned destination of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.

"It was forecast to be stormy and rainy so at the airport in Delhi, I diverted to Kathmandu instead as the goal of my trip was to photograph the mountains and for that I'd needed clear weather," Chee says.

"Kathmandu was perfect. One day I saw a Nepalese artist's painting of a suspension bridge against a snow capped mountain and intrigued I asked for the location.

"With a local friend I spent the entire day dirt biking north-west of Kathmandu exploring the rivers and bridges. There were no maps or roads and this was one of my favourite bridges that we'd found. Suspension bridges are highly effective structure in Nepal's mountainous terrain and they can cut multi-days journeys into hours for local villagers."

Thank you to all of the readers who entered, and our sponsor, APT.

Traveller's sixth The Big Picture competition for amateur photographers, in association with Fairfax Media's photo club, Clique, run by the photographic departments of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, aims to inspire people of all skill levels to take better photos.


The overall winner and a partner or friend will travel on a luxury, eight-day APT Spirit of India river cruise for two in a twin Signature suite, valued at up to $14,390, and economy return airfares to Kolkata from the winner's nearest Australian capital city, valued at up to $1500 a person.

Trip highlights include a city tour of Kolkata exploring its colonial heritage, including the bustling Dalhousie Square and St John's Church, before heading to the nearby Mullik Ghat Flower Market.

The cruise along the lower Ganges includes stops at Kalna, known as the City of Temples, and a guided cycle-rickshaw tour, an excursion to the brass-working village of Matiari and a visit to the former French colony of Chandannagar. For the full itinerary, see

The competition runs from September 9 - February 10.

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