Temple Reliefs - Colours Indonesia

The Temples of Indonesia

The Temples of Indonesia
  • Prambanan - Colours Indonesia
    Constructed in the 10th century, the Prambanan Temple is a structure showcasing the glory of Hinduism in Java. Located near the centre of Yogyakarta, the temple is best photographed just before sunset. To capture the beauty of the reddish light illuminating the temple, I snapped some images from outside using the surrounding trees as a natural frame. Since it was very busy, I had to roam around the temple complex to get different angles.

Barry Kusuma

Barry Kusuma is a travel photographer and videographer based in Jakarta. His photographs focus on overlooked themes of nature and culture. Barry was recognised by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism as a Creative Tourism Ambassador for the creative ways in which he shares his photos and videos through social media, and he is a photo and video contributor for Getty Images.

Kelotok Sunset on the Sekonyer River - Colours Indonesia

Tanjung Puting in Pictures

Tanjung Puting in Pictures
  • Portrait of a Mother and Baby Orangutan - Colours Indonesia
    Portrait of a Mother and Baby Orangutan
    For many visitors to Camp Leakey, the first glimpse of one of the resident orangutans is Tutu, the eldest matriarch. As she is one of the most photographed of all the orangutans of Tanjung Puting, I was looking for a moment that would capture the quiet dignity of this incredible animal.


Tommy Schultz

Tommy Schultz is a travel and adventure photographer who has been based in Asia since 2004. His photography and writing have been published by National Geographic, Patagonia, The Surfer’s Journal, The North Face, The World  Wildlife Fund, Delta Airlines, Korean Airlines and Garuda Indonesia, and he recently made his television debut as  a judge on the History Channel’s Photo Face Off show. Based in Bali for much of the year, Tommy is inspired by the  beauty and diversity of the archipelago, exploring the world’s best surf spots and dive destinations with his camera.

Kalimantan - Colours Indonesia

Indonesian Cultural Dance

Indonesian Cultural Dance
  • Kecak Dance, Bali - Colours Indonesia
    Kecak Dance, Bali
    The Kecak, or fire dance, is always an amazing spectacle, but it’s a challenge to photograph, with a combination of low light, explosions of fire and fast action. I was very happy with this photo, as I was able to catch all of this, and especially the drama of the moment and the look of intensity on the man’s face. The boys in the background are not in focus as this could distract from the main subject, but they still remain visible. For this result, positioning was very important (not too close to the fire!), as well as taking many images with a fast shutter speed.


David Metcalf

David Metcalf is a resident of Bali and has been travelling, writing and photographing throughout Indonesia for the past decade. David has held several exhibitions in Jakarta and Bali since 2002. He opened Taksu Photo Gallery in Ubud, Bali, in 2015 and uses the power of photography to educate and encourage positive social change. David leads photography tours to Bali and Java, the USA, Myanmar, India and other destinations. He is involved in many projects in Kalimantan supporting Dayak culture and the environment.

Callanish Shadows, Isle of Lewis, by Wojciech Kruczynski - Colours Indonesia

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Landscape Photographer of the Year
  • Binnein Beag through Steall, Scottish Highlands, by Scott Robertson - Colours Indonesia
    Binnein Beag through Steall, Scottish Highlands, by Scott Robertson (Judge’s Choice – Charlie Waite)
    The feeling here is not of threat but of a benign, docile, almost ‘living being’. The superb juxtaposition of triangles and diagonals all interlocking with one another brings great aesthetic pleasure. The small splash of light illuminating the gorge below is critical as the role of the foreground is as to support and to cradle the mountain beyond. Had this foreground been black and featureless, the image would not have worked so well.


Charlie Waite

Highly acclaimed landscape photographic artist Charlie Waite has contributed considerably to bringing landscape photography to a wider and more appreciative audience. For the last 25 years, Waite has lectured extensively throughout the UK and Europe, held numerous exhibitions around the world, which include a one-man show on Broadway in New York in April 2001, and published more than 30 books on the topic, including the best-selling The Making of Landscape Photographs.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016
  • Swarming Under the Stars by Imre - Colours Indonesia
    Swarming Under the Stars by Imre Potyó
    Imre was captivated by the chaotic swarming of mayflies on Hungary’s River Rába and dreamt of photographing the spectacle beneath a starlit sky. For a few days each year (at the end of July or beginning of August), vast numbers of the adult insects emerge from the Danube tributary, where they developed as larvae. On this occasion, the insects emerged just after sunset.

Founded in 1965, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) is an annual international competition, showcasing nature’s most extraordinary sights.
This year was the most competitive to date – attracting almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.
The entries have been curated into a finalists’ collection of 100 exceptional images forming the world-renowned exhibition currently on display at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the annual competition. The exhibition reveals the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and highlights our crucial role in protecting it.

Here are our favourite finalists from the collection.