Celebrating The World In Images

One of the most important things to do in photography is to get out there with your camera and take photographs, for me the next important thing is to get inspiration and new ideas, there is nothing like studying high quality images, studying is perhaps too akin to something like school but for me it’s an absolute pleasure to immerse myself in looking through high quality images that have made it to the top of their class in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition.

World Photo Adventure has the privilege to show a selection of images from this years Travel Photographer of the Year which can only but inspire.

The Qinling golden snub-nosed monkey is listed as Endangered by the IUCN as only some 3,800 individuals still exist. Most people have never seen these creatures. Shaanxi, China.
Marsel Van Oosten, Netherlands. Highly Commended, Natural World.

The winners of the 2018 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards – TPOTY – have been revealed, and they’re a glorious celebration of the beauty of this planet and its human and animal inhabitants.

The top prize and title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 is taken by Stefano Pensotti, a semi-professional photographer from Italy, with eight superb images that showcase life around the globe. He becomes the first Italian to take the top title in the 16 years since the awards first launched in 2003.

Széchenyi Baths, built in 1913, is the most popular the inhabitants of Budapest who come here to relax with friends.

Széchenyi Baths, built in 1913, is the most popular the inhabitants of Budapest who come here to relax with friends. Budapest, Hungary

STEFANO PENSOTTI, ITALY

OVERALL WINNER, TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018

In the last light of day the inhabitants of Timbuktu wash their clothes and take a shower in the port of Kabara.

Timbuktu, Mali

STEFANO PENSOTTI, ITALY

OVERALL WINNER, TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018

 

Amateur and professional photographers from 142 countries submitted over 20,000 images, and photographers from 22 countries feature amongst the winners. The 2018 Winners’ Gallery on www.tpoty.com features over 150 fabulous images in a vibrant, fascinating and evocative collection of world-class contemporary travel photography shot on everything from high-end professional cameras to mobile phones.

Perfect newly picked oranges were everywhere in Chefchaouen, Morocco!

ISABELLA SMITH (AGE 14), USA WINNER, YOUNG TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018

 

Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 is 14-year-old Isabella Smith. The young American won over the international panel of judges with her colourful portfolio of photographs taken in Chefchaouen, Morocco. 12-year-old Daniel Kurian (Australia/India) won Young TPOTY 14 and Under with a clever portfolio depicting a tree being felled, while 16 year old Fardin Oyan from Bangladesh took top honours in the Young TPOTY 15-18 age group with a beautiful collection of images capturing young children playing.

 

Watching these kids playing in the rain, I covered my camera with a polythene bag and rushed out into the rain. We danced, laughed and played in the rain.

Akua, Sadar, Bangladesh

FARDIN OYAN (AGE 16), BANGLADESH WINNER, YOUNG TPOTY 15-18

 

In the portfolio categories, Dutch photographer Marinka Masséus’s portfolio ‘Under the Same Sun’, raising awareness of the circumstances of people with albinism in Tanzania was a very worthy winner of the Faces, People, Cultures category, while Best Single Image in this category went to Danny Yen Sin Wong (Malaysia) for his image of a young Suri boy in Kibish, Ethiopia.

 

In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

MARINKA MASSÉUS, NETHERLANDS WINNER, FACES, PEOPLE, CULTURES PORTFOLIO

 

 

 

A boy stands among the copper bracelets worn by the Suri women.

Kibish, Ethiopia

DANNY YEN SIN WONG, MALAYSIA WINNER, BEST SINGLE IMAGE IN A PORTFOLIO, FACES, PEOPLE, CULTURES

 

Across the various categories photographers have won prizes including cash bursaries, the latest professional cameras and lenses from Fujifilm, Arctic voyages with Hurtigruten, high-end outdoor clothing from Páramo, personalised leather portfolio books or iFolios from Plastic Sandwich, Photo Iconic photo tuition, Genesis Imaging exhibition prints and membership of the Royal Photographic Society.

 

The job of being a parent is a demanding one for this little warbler.

Shouguang county, Weifang, Shandong province, China.

FUYANG ZHOU, CHINA RUNNER-UP, NATURAL WORLD

 

 

 

The job of being a parent is a demanding one for this little warbler.

Shouguang county, Weifang, Shandong province, China.

FUYANG ZHOU, CHINA RUNNER-UP, NATURAL WORLD

 

 

A mother Polar bear and her two young cubs are migrating north, as the sea ice melts quicker than previous years. Svalbard, Norway

ROIE GALITZ, ISRAEL SPECIAL MENTION, NATURAL WORLD

 

This photo of an elephant seal and Gentoo penguin was taking in near-impossible shooting conditions. By the time I had finished I was more or less buried in the snow and absolutely frozen as I can’t work a camera with gloves on so had removed them earlier.

Yankee Harbour, Antarctica.

ANDREW JAMES, UK – JOINT RUNNER-UP, HOT/COLD SINGLE IMAGE CATEGORY

 

Self-portrait in snowstorm during winter snowmobile expedition to photographer Polar bears.

Near Pyramiden, Svalbard.

JOSHUA HOLKO, AUSTRALIA – HIGHLY COMMENDED, HOT/COLD SINGLE IMAGE CATEGORY

 

Slovenian photographer Matjaz Krivic’s diverse portfolio won the special eight-image ‘Travel’ category introduced to celebrate TPOTY’s 15th anniversary, with Philip Lee Harvey (UK) being awarded the prize for Best Single Image in this category with a striking image of a sand diver in Mali.

Onno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe.

Omo Valley, Ethiopia South Ethiopia, Arbore village.

MATJAZ KRIVIC, SLOVENIA – WINNER, TRAVEL PORTFOLIO

 

I walked through the savanna with the Masai, I took this photo when we were surrounded by ten lions stalking through the dry savanna grass.

Masai Mara, Kenya.

MATJAZ KRIVIC, SLOVENIA – WINNER, TRAVEL PORTFOLIO

 

Hi Jian (China) came first in the Hot/Cold single-image category with a beautiful image of Tibetan pilgrims in the snow in Gannan, China, while British photographer Simon Morris’ atmospheric picture of a faded, once-grand bedroom in Havana, Cuba won the Tranquillity single-image category. No overall winner was awarded in Beauty of Light, but photographers from China, the UK and USA were Commended.

I was roaming the back alleys of the tiny village and discovered this charming old lady.

Bai Wu, Yunnan, China.

MAGDALÉNA STRAKOVÁ, CZECH REPUBLIC HIGHLY COMMENDED, TRAVEL PORTFOLIO

Travel Photographer of the Year

To be inspired and to find out more about how you can enter please go to TPOTY

Winning images from this year’s awards will be exhibited in Spring 2019 at a magnificent, free-to-view outdoor exhibition in an iconic British location at London Bridge City, opposite the Tower of London and close to London Bridge, and at TPOTY exhibitions internationally. These include the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah and Dubai, the leading photo festival in the Middle East.

Travel Photographer of the Year was founded in 2003 and rapidly became one of the world’s leading travel photography awards. We accept entries from amateur, semi-pro and professional photographers of all ages and from all countries. We have received entries from photographers in more than 140 countries and, to date, our oldest entrant has been 88 years old, the youngest just five.

All images are used with permission of Travel Photographer of the Year and are copyright of the individual photographers.

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