Postcards from our April 2018 issue

PASTO, COLOMBIA; Viva la fiesta!; I was in Pasto, Colombia, earlier this year for the annual Carnaval de Negros y Blancos. The Black and White Carnival is an awesome festival with native Andean roots and an intricate history.It celebrates Colombia’s immense cultural and ethnic diversity and is UNESCO protected. People from all walks of life daub themselves and each other with dark grease or face paint one day and flour, foam or talc the next, and throw a completely wild street party to celebrate cultural differences. It was fantastic! In the finale on the last day, black and white gave way to lots of colour, singing and dancing. Since I’d already been ambushed a number of times, I was decked out in protective gear whenI managed to get this, my favourite shot of the day. I feel lucky to have captured this brief moment during the five-hour-long parade.
Photographer: Reader Guy Needham

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SKELETON COAST, NAMIBIA: Seal of approval: During a trip to Namibia, my girfriend and I stopped at the Cape Cross Seal Reserve colony because I’d heard about the famed Cape fur seals. When I first opened my car door I wasn’t sure that I’d stay very long – they absolutely stank! Once I got used to it, though, I realised what an incredible place it was. As the sea mist cleared, I climbed onto a wooden walkway, which provided a full view of the colony. While I lined up this shot, the main seal in the frame woke up from an afternoon nap. He started groaning, and then he turned to face me and let out a roar, giving me the opportunity to capture this photo.
Photographer: Reader Dan Rostron
DUBAI, UAE: Rise and shine: Whilst spending some time in Dubai, as part of a work assignment, I decided to rise early and take a ride out to Palm Island, the artificial man-made development off the coast at the southern end of the city. Driving around the outer crescent of Palm Island, one gets a great perspective of the developing beach skyline back on shore. The view is constantly evolving – I was fortunate to be in Dubai more than 15 years ago, when the same view would have been one of a flat, barren and deserted landscape. On this morning I sat watching the sun rise slowly above the buildings, appreciating the calm before the vibrant city wakes up and comes to life.
Photographer: Reader Francis Cox
DEMODARA, SRI LANKA: Bridge the gap: Travelling solo in Sri Lanka, I decided to explore the interiors by train. While at Ella, I wanted to photograph the Nine Arches Bridge. There are only a handful of trains that use this route, so I was up and about at 6 am. The train was almost 90 minutes late, but the roar of the engine against the stunning scenery was worth it.
Photographer: Reader Anand Dureja