Travel photographer Sam Oakes is no stranger to exploring new and exciting places, and his experience of Laos has left him able to impart some great advice: "Expect the unexpected; recently Laos has become an increasingly popular destination to the foreign traveller as a slice of 'real Asia'. You will find a country steeped in history, with diverse landscapes and fantastic people. Laos will almost certainly spoil you with its abundant photographic opportunities. Enjoy capturing what the land of a million elephants has to offer. and be prepared to haggle for good prices!"
Sam has been taking photographs as a hobby from a young age, which progressed into a full-time career after studying and working in graphic design. Sam says, "My favorite kind of photography comes from what I love to do most - travel. Spending much of my time outdoors lends itself particularly well to landscape and wildlife photography. There is something deeply satisfying when an image tells a story of a far-off place and captures what it's like to be there. Wildlife and wild environments are anything but predictable, which can lead to even more evocative imagery."