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By Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi

The winning image will appear in an exhibition dedicated to the shortlist of the competition at London’s theprintspace


LONDON (16 FEBRUARY 2015) — National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi as the winner of its Travel Photography Competition 2015 with her image of New Year traditions taken in Comanesti, Romania. The winning image will appear in an exhibition dedicated to the shortlist of the competition at London’s theprintspace. And for the first time ever, the shortlisted entries are available to buy through a unique collaboration with theprintspace. Order here:

Alecsandra’s image captures the New Year ritual bear dances in Romania. She said: “Participants dress in furs which have been preserved for hundreds of years — they’re not from bears killed as part of the ‘ritual’ nor were they killed especially for it. The bear is a symbol for Romania, and when I discovered this tradition, I was fascinated.”

Chris Hudson, Art Editor, National Geographic Traveller said: “This was one of our favourite images as soon as it was entered. There’s a captivating story being told here, making the viewer want to know more. At National Geographic Traveller, we pride ourselves on documenting the world around us — from the compelling to the controversial — and Alecsandra did just that.”

The winning shots and 18 of the most accomplished images submitted in this year’s competition will be on public display at theprintspace from 20 Feb to 4 Mar 2015, Mon to Fri, 10-7pm.

And for the first time ever, National Geographic Traveller (UK) is pleased to announce the winners and selected works from the 2015 shortlist are now available to buy as high quality prints from theprintspace’s dedicated online art-sales platform thehub. To order the winning images visit:

Pat Riddell, Editor, National Geographic Traveller said: “National Geographic Traveller is proud to be working alongside theprintspace and to give the photographers the recognition and promotion they deserve. The standard this year has been extraordinary and we’re excited at the prospect of our first exhibition and to partner with the UK’s biggest professional photo and art printing service.”

National Geographic Traveller (UK) launched its annual photo competition last September, sponsored by theprintspace, Viking River Cruises, Foto Ruta and Tatra Photography. UK photographers submitted their entries in one of six categories: Action, Animal, People, River, Rural, and Urban.

The six finalists (category winners):
Action: Yanick Targonski and his shot, Train from Ella to Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Animal: Barry Robertson and his image, Bleaker Island, in the Falkland Islands.
People: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi and New Year’s Traditions, taken in Comanesti, Romania
Rural: Chris Miller and Son Doong Cave, shot in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam.
Urban: Philip Braude with his image Urban Trees, London.
River: Claire Carter and Reflections on a Melting River, in Rio de las Vueltas, Argentinian Patagonia.
The winner of the River category has won a place on Viking River Cruises’ eight-day Romantic Danube itinerary.

To view the shortlist, visit:
The winning photos can also be seen in a free photography supplement with the April 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK), on sale 5 March 2015, priced £3.95.

Launched in 2007, theprintspace has quickly grown to become the UK’s biggest professional photo and art printing service. They offer printing, mounting and framing, both online and in-house in Shoreditch, London. A firm favourite with creative artists and photographers, theprintspace’s award winning service offers gallery standard quality at affordable prices, which is why Turner Prize-winning artists and National Portrait Gallery award-winners consistently choose them.
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