Breathtaking scenes of life, colorful shades, striking contrasts … Morocco never ceases to fascinate photographers of all horizons. The winner of People category was none other than photographer Justin Cliffe who took a picture in Marrakech showing a man dyeing wool in the souk.
Describing his photograph, the author explains that one of the owners of a fabric shop in the red city showed him this “almost apocalyptic” scene of a worker dyeing wool. “It was dirty, hot and a pungent smell filled the air,” he told National Geographic UK.
One of the reasons this photograph caught the attention of the jury is that it shows “life in the middle of the heat and the grime, a daily workplace for someone,” said Ben Rowe, a member of the jury of the National Geographic contest. The halo around the solitary silhouette of the worker is like “a ray of light in the middle of the dirt,” he added.
Launched in 2011, the National Geographic Traveler’s annual contest aims to recognize the best British travel photography talent in five categories: Cities, Nature, People, Food and Portfolio.