I can safely say 2017 was the Year of the Portuguese Man o' War for me and I am so honoured to end it as HIGHLY COMMENDED in the TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2017 competition (Primary Colours category).My picture was also shortlisted in the Wildlife, Sealife category.
Here is Travel Photographer of the Year's post about me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bcu1CzCAX6Y/ and below is my image.
Furthermore, 4 of my Mount Pico images were shortlisted in the Earth & Climate Portfolio category.
I created a gallery of all these shots on my website:
All images were taken in the Azores and, specifically, in Pico, where I have now lived for over 10 years.
For those who suspect there must be a fair bit of post-processing behind my Portuguese Man o' War shot, you are most welcome to read my behind the scenes article.
This is for you, my beloved Azores.
P.S: Don't forget to visit the 2017 Winners' Gallery on the Travel Photographer of the Year's website!
GuruShots published an article featuring the most dramatic cloud photographs participating to their Shooting Clouds challenge.
Among the 40 amazing pictures they picked out of the thousands that were submitted, image #5 may look familiar to you.
It most definitely looks familiar to me! ;-)
My best shots of Mount Pico as a tribute to the mountain I have photographed the most in my life.
Located in the mid-Atlantic on Pico Island, Azores, Mount Pico is a stratovolcano that last erupted in 1718. Locally called Montanha do Pico, it is best known for its fumarole and the magnificent cloud hats it sometimes wears, which are technically lenticular clouds.
With its 2351 metres, Pico is also the highest peak of Portugal.
I hope my pictures will do justice to its outstanding beauty.