Snowmobiling to the Arctic 'Ship in the Ice'

Frozen into the remote Tempelfjorden in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is probably one of the most unique hotels in the world. The Noorderlicht is a 100 year old wooden Dutch schooner. Known as 'The Ship in the Ice' it is a haven of warmth in this frozen wasteland! You can reach the Ship in The Ice by dog sled, or by snow-mobile: either way you will need an armed guide to protect you from marauding Polar Bears! This gallery was a commission to head to the Ship in The Ice by snow-mobile for the new Virgin website

Steve Davey is a writer and photographer based in London. For over twenty years he has travelled to some of the most remote, exotic and spectacular places on earth, photographing and researching a variety of features. Steve is the author of the Footprint Travel Photography and has launched a range of travel photography tours to show people some of the fantastic places he has travelled to whilst improving their photography


The Island of Socotra off the coast of Yemen

Socotra is an ecological haven in the Arabian Sea. In splendid isolation it has developed its own flora, fauna and a thriving local culture. Known to the Romans, Ancient Greeks and Marco Polo, Socotra is emerging from the clouds of time as more tourists are coming to explore its unspoilt beauty and unique plant-life. An island paradise, even the name is said to derive from the Sanskrit dvipa sukhadhara meaning ‘island of bliss’. This gallery shows some of the amazing landscapes and people on this remote and beautiful island.


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Land-diving in tribal Vanuatu in the South Pacific

Lying a few hours off the coast of Australia in the South Pacific the island nation of Vanuatu has been voted the happiest place in the world to live! Although ravaged by competing missionaries competing to bring their religion to the islands, there are many people who have opted to lead a traditional kastem (custom) was of life, eschewing 21st century Western life and sticking to their traditional ways. This gallery visits some of the outlying islands of this archipelago, and shows the traditional naghol land-diving of Pentecost island.


Cruising for Polar Bears in Arctic Svalbard

The Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, to the North of Norway is a unique ecosystem that is home to one of the largest Polar Bear populations in the world. The best way to see them is on an expedition ice-breaker which can take you to remote regions of pack ice where these fearsome predators roam. This harsh environment is one of the truly unspoilt parts of the world, with countless mountains, glaciers and fjords that hardly see any human visitors at all. This gallery charts a ten-day expedition looking for polar bears.

The essence of travel photography is a celebration of the world: it's places, people, wildlife and culture. This is what has driven Steve to travel so much over the years, and he turned to travel photography as a way to bring the magic and sense of wonder that he feels about the world to other people. Travel photography doesn't have to be a chore though: what greater motivation can there be to get out and see and experience the world.

This is not just a chance to see some of the most spectacular places and events in the world, but to see some of Steve's theories of travel photography such as composition and shooting a photo-story in action. Over the next few months we will add many more galleries to this section including images from Steve's travel photography trips as well as forthcoming and recent commissions that Steve has carried out for a range of publications.

To see pictures from any of these galleries, click on one of the images.

In this section of the Better Travel Photography website, we show images of some of the shoots that Steve Davey has carried out recently. This includes personal projects, commissions and stories he has researched and illustrated. If you would like to see some images from recent photography tours, please click here.

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The Volcanic Island of Montserrat in the Caribbean

You may think that you have never heard of Montserrat: the amazingly traditional island in the Caribbean, but the chances are that you have! Most recently, Montserrat was propelled into the spotlight when the active volcano that forms the largest part of the island erupted, creating a pyroclastic flow that buried the old capital city of Plymouth. This city can still be seen, buried like a modern-day Pompei.To see more images from this gallery click on the image here.


The high altitude region of Ladakh, India

Nestling between the Karakoram and Greater Himalayan mountains, the high altitude region of Ladakh is like nowhere else in India. Ladakh will quite literally take your breath away. The altitude of the main city, Leh, is 3505m (10500 ft). Ladakh is more Tibetan than Indian. It is an entrancing mixture of Tibetan monasteries, palaces and a thriving culture, set in some of the most rugged and spectacular scenery in the world.


Ganga Sagar Mela

On Makar Sankranti, which falls on the 14th January, some half a million Hindu pilgrims will be attracted to bathe in the chilly waters of the Bay of Bengal, where the holy river Ganga is said to meet the sea. The location of this great gathering is Sagar Island in West Bengal. Just after midnight is considered to be the most auspicious time, when taking a Holy Dip is believed to cleanse the faithful of their mortal sins.


The Kalash of Northern Pakistan

The Kalash people survive in three remote valleys in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province of Northern Pakistan. Their vibrant and thriving culture puts them completely at odds with neighbouring Muslim communities.Animists, they have a number of lively festivals a year, where mulberry wine is drunk, and women and men are free to dance together: something which could result in death in neighbouring tribal areas.

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