Over the weekend I learned that I’d been included in a list of the top 100 travel photographers in the world. While it certainly is an honor to be included alongside the likes of some very talented photographers, it got me thinking. How do you actually classify something like that? There are probably thousands of exceptionally talented photographers working in the travel arena, both as professionals and hobbyists. Is it really possible to choose 100 and say they are better than others? Isn’t creativity too subjective for this kind of exercise? Looking through the list and one thing stands out. Names such as Steve McCurry, Michael Freeman, Michael Yamashita, David du Chemin, Mitchell Kaneshkovich and Gavin Gough (to name a few) don’t appear. How is it possible to have a top travel photographers list without Steve McCurry?
I guess as humans we like things nicely ordered and neatly ranked. It tries to fit our linear world but for everyone that lands on the list, someone equally deserving misses out. Perhaps, instead of calling it “The Top 100 Travel Photographers in the World for 2013″ it would be better called “100 of the Top Travel Photographers in the World for 2013″. A little less definitive but probably a little more accurate.