Erika Owen
December 06, 2016

Follow along as we introduce the finalists of the 2016 T+L Photo Contest. These nine photographers come from all over the United States—but their photos span the entire world. For Round 2 of the contest, we asked each finalist to subject a few more of their photographs showcasing their talent and a video outlining why they should be named the winner. Don't forget to vote for your favorite photographer before the voting ends on December 13th.

Bill Taylor—a travel photographer based in Charlotte, North Carolina—is always on the lookout for something that grabs his attention. His submission, a stunning shot of Capri (pictured above), caught our judges eyes for a couple of reasons. Scott Hall, Travel + Leisure's Photo Director, said Taylor's winning shot even peeks past photography into the category of art: “It’s a good example of taking a view of boats on a  body of water and using photography to elevate it to art," says Hall. I would say of many of the photos we’ve seen, this would fall into an art photography category. It’s evocative of Olivo Barbieri.”

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Alex Arnold, a Travel + Leisure Photo Editor and also a judge for this competition shares his favorite element: "I think this photo recalls a scene people usually experience from the water—something that goes on for forever instead of a flat, finite rectangle.”

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

In his finalist video, Taylor shares that he always has a shoot plan when he's considering a new subject. "I love old historic monuments and buildings—it's really awe-inspiring to shoot them," he says. "Stonehenge is the perfect example—I knew I wanted to do it in black and white, and I knew I wanted to show an aura or glow around it. I got low angle and I waited for the sun to beam through the middle of Stonehenge."

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

"I solicit a lot of feedback from friends and family—I ask them what they like and what they're looking for, and what they think of my work," Taylor says. "When they say things like, Wow, that's amazing—I want to go there' or 'I've been there, but I don't remember it looking like that,' then I know I've done something that moves people to travel."

Get to know more about Taylor in his finalist video. Check it out—and don't forget to vote!

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