Aline Bastin Photography Contest:
Held on an annual basis, the contest seeks to find the 12 best pictures highlighting the modern, environmentally-friendly and human dimensions of railways. Winners each receive a 200 euros prize.
Taking place since 2013, the European Railway Photography Contest was renamed in 2016 in memory of our tragically departed colleague and friend Aline Bastin.
Kristian is a student from Estonia studying gene and biotechnologies. This photo was taken as he was travelling through Europe by train thanks to the DiscoverEU Programme. He visited ten countries, including Switzerland between St. Moritz to Tirano near Alp Grüm where this photo was taken.
Marcos is a 19 year-old student from Barcelona and railway enthusiast. He started taking photos when his parents gave him his first mobile phone and eventually switched to the camera. On traveling by train he says “Through bridges, tunnels, and extraordinary landscapes, one discovers new places and meets people and doesn’t even notice the passing of time which becomes irrelevant because the journey is what matters.”
Pierre-Antoine is from Metz, France and is a management controller for a public transport company. He has been doing photography for fifteen years. He finds railways as the most beautiful mode of transport and says “They have a competitive advantage and are comfortable everywhere: in the heart of cities, in the plains, along rivers and in the mountains, almost whatever the weather."
Tetiana is from Kyiv, Ukraine and a photographer for Ukrainian Railways. The photo is of one of the trains evacuating women and children from Kyiv to Poland and in the photo the father is saying goodbye to his wife and daughter. She sees trains as a place to meet people, and watch beautiful landscapes go by. But following the Russian invasion, they have also been a way to safety for millions of Ukrainians.