HUCK MAGAZINE x HOTEL INDIGO : SHARE YOUR DISCOVERY : PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
My photograph above, entitled Jaleo! was the Grand Prize Winning Photograph in Huck Magazine x Hotel Indigo’s : Share Your Discovery : Photography Competition
In September 2012 Hotel Indigo and HUCK Magazine invited people to share their favourite travel discoveries via Instagram inspired by the themes ‘See, Hear and Taste’. The judges were looking for images which captured something unexpected, authentic and inspiring.
DAILY PRIZES & THE GRAND PRIZE!
This competition featured daily prizes (I won a cool acrylic speaker) and also a grand prize package from Hotel Indigo and Lomography (which I also scooped!).
My Grand Prize included:
- a years subscription to HUCK Magazine
- a La Sardina Lomography Camera
- an all-expenses paid weekend for 2 to Berlin Hotel Indigo
- my photograph and the story behind my shot were published in issue #35 of HUCK Magazine
ISSUE #35 OF HUCK MAGAZINE
My prize winning photograph (pictured above) was published in Issue #35 of HUCK Magazine.
THE STORY BEHIND MY WINNING SHOT:
“I shot the image during the traditional jaleo of the Festes de la Mare de Deu de Gracia, which is unique to Menorca. Apparently the word jaleo translates literally as ‘commotion’ or ‘pandemonium’. The magnificent and powerful Menorquina horse (an indigenous breed, almost exclusively jet black) are adorned with brightly coloured ribbons and rosettes, and together with their caixers (horsemen and women) dressed in black tailcoats, white riding breeches and three-pointed hats, they parade through the crowded streets, which are lined with locals who gather around the makeshift bars that blast music into the night and sell pomada – a potent mix of Xoriguer gin and limon.
The first 2 or 3 of over 100 horses galloped into the square to cheers from the crowd, and the caixers encouraged their steeds to rear up, walk on their hind legs, some even danced in time to the jaleo melody! At this moment, infected by a wild madness, we fearless few surged forward to try and touch the horses’ hearts, to win our good luck for the year to come.”