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Honorable Mention BIFA 2020 Nature / Seasons

Friendship Highway

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Nature / Seasons
  • Photographer
    Lee Fulmer

Taken on a plateau between peaks in the Himalaya mountains in January on the way to Mt Everest, this photo was taken at 4,500m on the Friendship Highway. The Friendship Highway is the highest road in the world crest 5,000m thee times along its 806 kilometre stretch between Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and the Nepalese border.

I have been capturing images for over 40 years having started with a 110 instamatic in the 1970s and graduating to 35mm in the 1980s. I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively and have always taken pictures as I went using everything from instant film to 35mm to 120mm to digital. In a society where camera phones are ubiquitous and the internet bombards us with images, I do my best to capture the spaces in between what everyone else sees. I still make extensive use of my film cameras, alongside digital cameras, focusing on using the best equipment to capture a specific moment.