With Lonely Planet images, photographer adds depth to our world

With the expansion of our partnership with Lonely Planet, we’ve asked one of their renowned travel photographers, Felix Hug, to talk about some of the images that are closest to his heart.

Hug’s imagery is among the roughly 420,000 contemporary travel photographs from Lonely Planet that will be included in the collection on our site, sourced from about 370 Lonely Planet photographers around the globe.

An acclaimed travel and destination photographer, Hug has won awards such as The Asian Geographic Grand Prize, The International Photography Awards and Travel Photographer of the Year. We’re thrilled to welcome his work onto gettyimages.com and grateful that he’s let us into his world with his insights:

 “Myanmar was the place of my first editorial assignment in 2004, where I was working on a book for a small publisher. I came to love the people and have been back seven times since then. In 2010, we started to run our own Travel Photography Getaways for enthusiasts to the country. On that trip we came across a small monastery close to our chosen hotel. The kids had just checked in for the first couple of days and were flying kites. My wife, who is also the producer at our company Eyes on Asia, took pictures of them and passed the small camera to the kids, so they could see their image in the display. In Myanmar that was still somewhat a novelty and I was lucky enough to capture their expressions with my DSLR camera.”

 “The Maldives was the place of my first commercial assignment in 2003. We have been back to the Islands every year at least once on advertising jobs. On one of those assignments we travelled to the Northern most part in search for a somewhat untouched Maldives. We landed on a small Island. The kids took a bath in the ocean and playfully rubbed sand in their hair as if they would shampoo it. As I traveled with a local photographer as a guide we managed to be allowed to hang around with the camera and take some images while standing in hip deep water. I will always remember this trip, as I know this will be the lost paradise in the years to come.”

You can view the full collection of Lonely Planet images available via Getty Images online

Editor’s note: This interview was first published on the Getty Images Blog.