Exemplary photography we published this year, from MatadorU students, to iPhone photographers, to the pros.
Photo for baksheesh
A group of young boys and girls approached me asking me to take their photos in exchange for 'baksheesh.' Often I ignore this as when you give one child 'baksheesh' about three more pop out of nowhere and won't leave you alone until you give them some money or biscuits, but I found that this girl just looked so interesting with her big messy hair and beautiful jewelry that I had to take a photograph. Photo: MatadorU student, Naomi Healing
A group of first-graders wait for their teacher to arrive at the Kent College Nepal School, situated in the remote and mountainous community of Lahachowk in western Nepal. Sat at the back of the classroom this shot drew me in as the expressions of the children summed up the universal experience of what it means to be five years old and day-dreaming! Photo: MatadorU student, Laura Cook
Baños, Ecuador is named for the thermal hot springs nearby, but I was more interested in the rumor of a treehouse situated somewhere up the slope of still-breathing Volcán Tungurahua, and I battled rain, slippery inclines, and a hefty elevation gain (which began at 6,000 feet) on my way up. Photo: MatadorU student, Zak Erving
The Longji Rice Terraces, also known as the "Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces" are a man-made wonder and well-known in China. The rice terraces were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago but construction actually already began in the Yuan Dynasty over 700 years ago. Photo: MatadorU student, Nisa Maier
Jeff is an adventure photographer and writer with a penchant for masochistic outdoor pursuits. He is now based in Jasper National Park. More of his work can be seen on his website and blog. You can also find him, periodically, on Twitter.