Back in those blissful carefree days before the apocalypse, I was informed that my pic from the back of a Saharan freight train won the Sony World Photo Awards (Travel Category). The exhibition at Somerset House in London had to be cancelled, but I’m still able to enjoy seeing my pic in lights on CNN, Guardian, BBC and others.
It was the photo that almost never happened. After the first leg of my journey I decided not to do the return leg because life’s too short to be galavanting across the world on freight trains. But I thought I’d probably regret it if I didn’t see it through. It was at dawn on day 2 of the return leg that this shot was taken. It was during a stretch of the trip where there was no-one else atop any of the 200 carriages, allowing the scene to be stripped right back. A surprisingly rare moment.
Thanks to @worldphotoorg and @sony for investing in this award and supporting photographers across the world. But most of all, thanks to the #mauritanians who supported and looked out for me throughout the journey. For me it was an adventure, for them it’s their life. #swpa #sonyworldphotographyawards #worldphoto #instadaily #photography #sahara #africa #westafrica #african #exploreafrica #documentaryphotography #afrique #photojournalism #travelphotography #leica #travelphoto #travelling #photoftheday #instagram #instadaily #instaphoto #instatravel