2010 World in Focus Contest Winner Picture is from Kathmandu.

Larry Louie photographed the Tripureshwar Mahadev Mandir Temple in the slums of Nepal’s capital city, steps away from where people lived under bridges

If you haven’t decided where to go on your next travel this picture will convince you…

We love the picture but are not surprised by it’s beauty. You find these sceneries everywhere – and almost just outside our door. The Temple above is just 30 minutes walk (or 10 minutes by bus/taxi) south from Tings.

“Most foreign tourists are warned away from Kathmandu, told this is a chaotic city falling apart,” Larry Louie says. “This photo shows there’s still old beauty here, even in the slums.” He was drawn to the scene by the flying birds, backlit by the sunrise burning through the fog. “The scene was such a contrast to its surroundings.” (Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera, 24-105mm lens at 24mm, exposure at 1/125 second, f/11, ISO 400)

For the fifth year, Traveler paired its photo contest with that of Photo District News, an award-winning magazine for professional photographers. More than 3,700 avid amateur photographers entered nearly 11,000 images in the 2010 World in Focus competition—our 22nd annual contest. The pictures captured an assortment of the places, wildlife, and people that make our travels memorable, evoking a sense of delight or discovery—or both.

Check out more pictures on National Geographic


Thanks to our close and beautiful friend Stine Trier Norden for keeping us updated from the world of beautiful photographies…

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