Travel photography, by its very nature, is rarely static, but it's possible to capture the essence of a destination in a short trip. For the second Young Photographer collaboration between Getty Images and Canon that champions up-and-coming image-makers, two travel photographers showed how they made the most of 24 hours on a whistle-stop tour of southern Italy, harnessing the versatility of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens.
British travel photographer Annapurna Mellor, together with emerging talent Henry Jay Kamara, began their photographic journey at a lively fish market in Bari, a port city in Puglia, filled with bustling Italian life and fresh catches of the day. After photographing men playing cards, fishermen and colourful boats at sea, the pair boarded a train to Matera, to document the rustic city.
Travel is in Anna's blood – her parents named her after the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal, which they visited while cycling around the world, and she grew up in different places around the globe. After university she spent a year travelling, writing and photographing, and was scouted by Getty Images after the agency found her blog. Since then she has shot for travel heavyweights including National Geographic, Lonely Planet and Intrepid Travel and founded ROAM Magazine to encourage new travel narratives.
A global outlook is also core to Jay's work. With a background in shooting commercial work for brands such as Nike and Puma, his photographic renaissance occurred on a spontaneous trip to Sierra Leone to uncover his family history. This inspired a deep dive into identity, heritage and the African diaspora and his work now reflects the personal storytelling he focuses on through his imagery, with a growing interest in travel.