50 Amazing Photos That Won The 2018 Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards

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2016 and 2017 treated us with quite a few breathtaking travel photography shots, and 2018 is no exception. The jury of the Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have just announced their winners, and they perfectly portray the beautiful diversity of our colorful world. Photographers from 142 countries submitted more than 20,000 entrants to the competition, but only one took home the grand prize. Stefano Pensotti was named the Travel Photographer of the Year for his stunning portfolio of eight photographs, depicting how ordinary citizens engaged with their surroundings across several different continents. Scroll down to check out the rest of the winners.

#1 Travel – Special Mention, Sylvia Michel, Switzerland

Travel - Special Mention, Sylvia Michel, Switzerland

 “When I created this picture – a lot of people asking me if this is a wolf. And of course a swiss white shepherd has a lot of wolf in it. It was the reason for me to buy me a dog like this. He’s not a typical pet, he has the majesty of a wolf and of course he has a lot of it’s character!”

#2 Beauty Of Light, Commended, Edward Graham, United States

Beauty Of Light, Commended, Edward Graham, United States

 “To capture this image, I laid prone on the surface, aligning my camera with the ice block and setting sun in the distance. The ice block lit up with golden hues, emitting a visual warmth that belied the cold of this wonderful place”

#3 Faces, People, Cultures, Winner, Marinka Masséus, Netherlands

Faces, People, Cultures, Winner, Marinka Masséus, Netherlands

 “Albinism is more common in sub- Saharan Africa than in other parts of the world. Education about the disorder is needed to break through centuries of superstitions, especially in rural areas.”

#4 Faces, People, Cultures – Winner, Best Single Image, Danny Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia

Faces, People, Cultures - Winner, Best Single Image, Danny Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia

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

#5 Natural World,special Mention, Roie Galitz, Israel

Natural World,special Mention, Roie Galitz, Israel

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

#6 Travel Photographer Of The Year, Overall Winner, Stefano Pensotti, Italy

Travel Photographer Of The Year, Overall Winner, Stefano Pensotti, Italy

 Prayer time in one of little temples in the plain of Bagan—a young girl stops on her way to school.

#7 Natural World – Commended, Ignacio Palacios, Spain

Natural World - Commended, Ignacio Palacios, Spain

 “A detail of a colorful chameleon”

#8 Beauty Of Light,commended, Zhenzheng Hu, China

Beauty Of Light,commended, Zhenzheng Hu, China

#9 Faces, People, Cultures – Special Mention, Vladimir Alekseev, Russian Federation

Faces, People, Cultures - Special Mention, Vladimir Alekseev, Russian Federation

 “The ‘chum’-the Nenets’ dwelling -is as mobile as they are. It consists of long sticks, and stitched reindeer skins stretched over it”

#10 Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

 “When we met, the boy was carrying his shoes in his hands as he couldn’t use them anymore. Traveling prepared makes a difference, and with my sewing needle and dental floss, we patched them up, so that he could follow his herd.”

#11 Travel – Special Mention, Marsel Van Oosten, Netherlands

Travel - Special Mention, Marsel Van Oosten, Netherlands

 “The Grand Tsingys are a rare geological phenomena. The rocks are razor sharp. I climbed up during the night to be able to photograph this climber in the early morning.”

#12 Trave, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic

Trave, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic

#13 Hot/Cold, Commended, Stephen King, Hong Kong

Hot/Cold, Commended, Stephen King, Hong Kong

 “Lava from the Kilauea Volcano flows into the ocean.”

#14 Travel,commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy

Travel,commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy

 “Verges, a small town in Catalunya, is famous all over the world for the celebrations of the “Dansa de la Mort” that is celebrated on every holy Thursday. It is probably the last dance of its kind in Europe, performed continuously since the Middle Ages”

#15 Natural World – Winner, Best Single Image, Florent Mamelle, France

Natural World - Winner, Best Single Image, Florent Mamelle, France

 “This picture of the Fuego volcano was taken from the summit of the Acatenango volcano. At 4000m, the sky was extremely clear and the Milky Way was in the upper left corner.”

#16 Natural World, Special Mention, Petar Sabol, Croatia

Natural World, Special Mention, Petar Sabol, Croatia

 “The master river predator was seen by the Petar Sabol in his home village of Gorican, Croatia, fishing by a local canal. Professional photographer Petar, 36, said he was searching the area for several hours before he saw the lone kingfisher”

#17 Natural World – Runner-Up, Fuyang Zhou, China

Natural World - Runner-Up, Fuyang Zhou, China

#18 Natural World – Highly Commended, Marsel Van Oosten, Netherlands

Natural World - Highly Commended, Marsel Van Oosten, Netherlands

 “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”

#19 Young Tpoty 15-18, Winner, Fardin Oyan, Bangladesh

Young Tpoty 15-18, Winner, Fardin Oyan, Bangladesh

 16 year-old Fardin Oyan lives in Bangladesh and is currently studying in 11th grade at college. He had a keen interest in technical gadgets since his early childhood, and was particularly interested in cameras because photography never grew old as computer games did. When he was in 7th grade, he convinced his father to buy him a compact camera which was worth a little above a hundred USD. He can clearly remember the first snap he took – two sparrows just outside his window: “I was so happy that I can’t describe that moment in words. The camera felt like a magical box to me. After that moment, I decided to take the path of photography seriously and now photography has become the part and parcel of my life.”

#20 Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

 “The morning mist rises mystically from the valley towards the small town in the Haraz mountains”

#21 Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

 “Onno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe.”

#22 Travel – Winner, Best Single Image, Philip Lee Harvey, United Kingdom

Travel - Winner, Best Single Image, Philip Lee Harvey, United Kingdom

 “Sand divers freedive down to the bottom of the Niger river to collect sand for the building industry. It’s an extremely dangerous job from which many don’t return.”

#23 Hot/Cold, Runner-Up, Andrew James, United Kingdom

Hot/Cold, Runner-Up, Andrew James, United Kingdom

 “Snowy meet-cute between an elephant seal and a Gentoo penguin”

#24 Hot/Cold, Winner, He Jian, China

Hot/Cold, Winner, He Jian, China

 “The local people who walked on the pilgrimage road were pious and pure.”

#25 Hot/Cold, Runner-Up, Philip Lee Harvey, United Kingdom

Hot/Cold, Runner-Up, Philip Lee Harvey, United Kingdom

 “Snow seldom lays for long in London, but when it does, people make snowmen all around the city”

#26 Travel, Special Mention, Yingting Shih, Taiwan

Travel, Special Mention, Yingting Shih, Taiwan

 “A red crane cleaning its own feathers looks like a taijitu. A taijitu is a symbol or diagram representing Taiji (Supreme Ultimate) which contains one circle with an inner pattern of symmetry representing yin and yang. The concept of Taiji can be traced back to the Daoism in the Dao De Jing. The oneness of the Dao implies the ideal way of existing and the perfect path of balance in our world.”

#27 Tranquillity, Commended, Scott Portelli, Australia

Tranquillity, Commended, Scott Portelli, Australia

 “Dusky Dolphins travel together in great numbers in the deep canyons of the Kaikoura in search of food.”

#28 Faces, People, Culture – Special Mention, Ben Mcrae, Australia

Faces, People, Culture - Special Mention, Ben Mcrae, Australia

#29 Young Travel Photographer Of The Year, Winner, Isabella Smith, United States

Young Travel Photographer Of The Year, Winner, Isabella Smith, United States

 “This really grabbed my attention! I thought this local boy using oranges as balls, was the opposite of kids in my country playing with expensive toys.”

#30 Travel,commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy

Travel,commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy

 “Taj and Akash travel every day from station to station with their mother, begging to make a living.”

#31 Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

 “Kids playing on the main minaret of the Grand Masjid in Bani, Burkina Faso, during Eid al-Fitr”

#32 Trave, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic

Trave, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic

 “A young mahout rests in the shade underneath his elephant Shanti”

#33 Travel Photographer Of The Year, Overall Winner, Stefano Pensotti, Italy

Travel Photographer Of The Year, Overall Winner, Stefano Pensotti, Italy

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

#34 Trave, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic

Trave, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic

#35 Hot/Cold, Highly Commended, Joshua Holko, Australia

Hot/Cold, Highly Commended, Joshua Holko, Australia

 “Joshua photographing polar bears during winter storm in Svalbard”

#36 Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

#37 Faces, People, Cultures, Highly Commended, Tariq Zaidi, United Kingdom

Faces, People, Cultures, Highly Commended, Tariq Zaidi, United Kingdom

 “Elie, 45, struts his stuff in the streets of Brazzaville. He has been a Sapeur for 35 years and his elaborate outfits bring joy to himself and his community.”

#38 Travel – Special Mention, Paul Sansome, United Kingdom

Travel - Special Mention, Paul Sansome, United Kingdom

 “Iceland is simply extraordinary – a unique wilderness of volcanic landscapes, stunning waterfalls, vast, empty beaches and great bird life.The Icelandic people are defined by their relationship with this land and the human impact of remote farms, isolated churches and fishing villages contribute to the photographers subject matter”

#39 Beauty Of Light,commended, Oscar Tarneberg, United Kingdom

Beauty Of Light,commended, Oscar Tarneberg, United Kingdom

 This is a famous highway intersection in Shanghai where two of the city’s core arteries meet.

#40 Trave, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic

Trave, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic

#41 Natural World, Special Mention, Antwan Janssen, Netherlands

Natural World, Special Mention, Antwan Janssen, Netherlands

#42 Travel,commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy

Travel,commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy

 Char Kaliganj in Dhaka, slum and home to one of the largest shipyards of Asia. A city made by giant skeletons of old ships which employ around 15 thousands souls that work to both break down massive shipping vessels as well as create new ships from the parts. The age of laborers ranges from 8 to 80 and they all work together. The work is hard, crude, dirty and dangerous but it gives thousands of them employment and wages to feed their families.

#43 Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

 Matjaz Krivic is a documentary photographer capturing stories of people and places. For 25 years he has covered the face of the earth in his intense, personal and aesthetically moving style that has won him several prestigious awards, including World Press Photo in 2016. He has portrayed poor parts of the world characterised by traditions, social unrest and religious devotion. His photographs sensitively reflect the images of the marginal word – the voices of the neglected. Because of the artist’s directness and respect for individuals, the people photographed are spontaneous, natural and open.Their ‘soul’ is captured and the viewer is encouraged to observe and think.

#44 Faces, People, Cultures, Commended, Sue O’connell, United Kingdom

Faces, People, Cultures, Commended, Sue O'connell, United Kingdom

#45 Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

#46 Smart Shot, Commended, Josien Van Geffen, Netherlands

Smart Shot, Commended, Josien Van Geffen, Netherlands

 “This photo was taken on a stormy day when a father threw a towel toward his son to see how hard the wind was blowing.”

#47 Travel,commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy

Travel,commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy

#48 Smart Shot, Winner, Nicola Young, United Kingdom

Smart Shot, Winner, Nicola Young, United Kingdom

 Our trip to Mauritius in was accompanied by Cyclone Berguitta, causing stress and drama to everyone on the island. We escaped from the stormy beaches to explore the markets of Port Louis, including the Fish Market. Read more at http://www.australianphotography.com/news/2018-international-travel-photographer-of-the-year-award-winners-announced#j1GXiq5QGPqLdS01.99

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