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March 29, 2014 Accolades No Comments Email Email

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts in 2014, a worldwide photography competition showcasing vivid memories and experiences at Banyan Tree has culminated with over 3,000 photos being submitted by past guests.  

ANMVVE ZenThree winners were chosen by an expert judging panel, and these, along with 17 other short-listed photos, will join a global travelling photography exhibition, capturing the essence of Banyan Tree and its milestone anniversary for all to enjoy.

Judging the photography competition was Paul Goldstein, the international, award-winning photographer, writer and presenter; Samuel Nugroho, a renowned photographer in Asia for hotel and resort imagery; and Richard Maclean, Creative Director at publishing firm, Novus Media in Singapore and photo editor of Under The Banyan Tree magazine.

Past and current guests of Banyan Tree and its sister brand, Angsana Hotels & Resorts, were invited to share their memories on film, portraying people and culture, natural landscapes or a spontaneous snapshot taken at one of the properties over the last 20 years.

BTCNLJJudged on creativity, photographic quality and authenticity, the top 20 photos chosen by the judges presented a range of experiences and memories across the portfolio of Banyan Tree and Angsana destinations worldwide.

The three winning photographs were taken by guests who stayed at Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts in China and the Maldives.  Mr Bu En Sa, from Hangzhou in China submitted ‘A Whole Week of Happiness’ from his stay at Banyan Tree Lijiang; Mr Yong Qin from Shanghai presented ‘Late Autumn Ranch’ at Banyan Tree Ringha; and Mr Zen Tam from Australia’s winning image ‘Yoga on the Edge of the Infinity Pool’ was taken at Angsana Velavaru.

BTCNRG (Yong QIn 2) smallEach of these winning photographers have been awarded an amazing holiday to Thailand including flights staying at Banyan Tree’s flagship resort, Banyan Tree Phuket for three nights; whilst the owners of the top 20 photos will each receive a limited edition 20th Anniversary book from Banyan Tree.

The travelling photography exhibition will navigate its way through 20 countries and 31 destinations during 2014, showcased in many of the Groups’ properties as well as key roadshows and conferences in Germany, Russia and the UK as well as Hong Kong, Tokyo and beyond.

The winning and short-listed photographs are now available to view on Facebook and Weibo via #BanyanTreeMemories. and


Celebrating 20 years
In 1994, Banyan Tree’s flagship resort in Phuket opened to great fanfare as the pioneer of the all-pool villa concept and the first tropical garden spa, launching Banyan Tree as a leading resort and spa operator featuring a signature blend of romance, rejuvenation and exotic sensuality.  20 years later this philosophy continues across the Banyan Tree portfolio of more than 30 intimate retreats worldwide.

This year, the Group celebrates and shares its anniversary amongst its many ambassadors, guests, the media, partners and associates inviting them to commemorate the growth of Banyan Tree to the present day whilst creating anticipation for the future as the brand ascends into a global hospitality leader.

Unique experiences and activities specially-created to celebrate the Anniversary throughout 2014 include signature drinks and dishes, as well as bespoke spa treatments.  Banyan Tree will offer exclusive ‘Anniversary packages’ and adventurous journeys across the Banyan Tree portfolio for guests to discover; a 20th Anniversary photobook as well as a special travelling photo exhibition will be showcased during the year, featuring stunning destination images taken by guests, the media and associates, all of which will be captured across Banyan Tree’s social media channels via #BanyanTreeMemories.

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