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WINNER OF THE TRAVEL/SCENIC CATEGORY

Photographer Trevor Cole gives us a bit of background as to how he took this shot in Dallol, Ethiopia

The image was shot as the sun was going down to enhance its warmth and provide a few contrasts. I chose a wide angle lens and a small aperture to ensure a good depth of field and appropriate sharpness. The shot was also taken from a low angle to enhance the foreground features.

   The Dallol sulphur fields are very remote and the area is politically sensitive, as Eritrea is a short distance away. We were accompanied by the military and they very kindly allowed us to stay until the sun was low in the sky. The sulphur fields lie on top of the Dallol Volcano, and the intense colouration is due to the hydrothermal activity close to the surface and the subsequent mineralisation. This is the hottest place on Earth.