Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 winners – immerse yourself in stunning photography from around the world.

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

Amateur and professional photographers from 142 countries submitted over 20,000 images, and photographers from 22 countries feature amongst the winners. The Winners’ Gallery 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.

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.

Travel Photographer of the Year – Stefano Pensotti, Italy

Overall Winner (selection from gallery)

Travel Photographer of the Year - Stefano Pensotti, Italy

Le Baye Fall de Touba Discepoli del Marabutto Mouride. Photo: Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Travel Photographer of the year 2018

Bagan, Myanmar. Prayer time in one of the little temples in the plain of Bagan – a young girl stops on her way to school. Photo: Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Travel Photographer of the Year - Stefano Pensotti, Italy

Timbuktu, Mali. In the last light of day the inhabitants of Timbuktu wash their clothes and take a shower in the port of Kabara.Photo: Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Travel Photographer of the Year - Stefano Pensotti, Italy

Budapest, Hungary. Széchenyi Baths, built in 1913, is the most popular for the inhabitants of Budapest who come here to relax with friends. Photo: Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Travel Photographer of the Year - Stefano Pensotti, Italy

Badami, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India. A moment of relaxation in front of the entrance to a gym for wrestlers. Photo: Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Faces, People, Cultures – Marinka Masséus, Netherlands

Winner

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 worthy winner of the Faces, People, Cultures category.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 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. Photo: Marinka Masséus/www.tpoty.com

Faces, People, Cultures – Danny Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia

Winner, Best Single Image

Best Single Image in this category went to Danny Yen Sin Wong (Malaysia) for his image of a young Suri boy in Kibish, Ethiopia.

Travel Photographer of the year 2018

Kibish, Ethiopia. A boy stands among the copper bracelets worn by the Suri women. Photo: Danny Yen Sin Wong/www.tpoty.com

Natural World – Javier Herranz Casellas, Spain

Winner

In the Natural World category, judges awarded the top prize to Spaniard Javier Herranz Casellas for his delicate, intimate portfolio depicting the Pita (Agave Americana) plant.

Travel Photographer of the year 2018

Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Spain. The edges of the new leaves of the pita (Agave americana), a plant that grows in all the Mediterranean countries. The new thorns are bright red. Photo: Javier Herranz Casellas/www.tpoty.com

Natural World – Roie Galitz, Israel

Special Mention

Travel photographer of the year 2018

Svalbard, Norway. A mother Polar bear and her two young cubs are migrating north, as the sea ice melts quicker than previous years. Photo: Roie Galitz/www.tpoty.com

Natural World – Marsel van Oosten, Netherlands

Highly Commended

Travel photographer of the year 2018

Shaanxi, China. Endangered gold: The Qinling golden snubnosed monkey is listed as Endangered by the IUCN as only some 3,800 individuals still exist. Most people have never seen these creatures. Photo: Marsel van Oosten/www.tpoty.com

Natural World – Florent Mamelle, France

Winner, Best Single Image

French photographer Florent Mamelle’s impressive shot of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala spurting lava under the starry night sky was awarded Best Single Image.

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Fuego volcano, near Antigua city, Guatemala. 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. Photo: Florent Mamelle/www.tpoty.com

Travel Portfolio – Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Winner (selection from gallery)

Slovenian photographer Matjaz Krivic’s diverse portfolio won the special eight-image ‘Travel’ category introduced to celebrate TPOTY’s 15th anniversary.

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Omo Valley, South Ethiopia, Arbore village. Onno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe. Photo: Matjaz Krivic/www.tpoty.com

travel photographer of the year 2018

Diafarabe, Mali. This boy’s only shoes were no longer wearable. With a sewing needle that I always carry with me and some dental floss, we patched them up. Photo: Matjaz Krivic/www.tpoty.com

travel photographer of the year 2018

Amritsar, India. A Sikh pilgrim performs his ritual washing in the lake with the most famous place of worship for the Sikhs in the background. Photo: Matjaz Krivic/www.tpoty.com

Thula, Yemen. In Yemen, although the government provides for compulsory, free education for children ages six through 15, a lot of children in remote, rural areas become shepherds at an early age and never learn to read and write. Photo: Matjaz Krivic/www.tpoty.com

travel photographer of the year 2018

Bani, Burkina Faso. Kids playing on the main minaret of the Grand Mosque in Bani during Eid al-Fitr. Photo: Matjaz Krivic/www.tpoty.com

Travel – Philip Lee Harvey, United Kingdom

Winner, Best Single Image

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.

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Niger River, Mali, West Africa. 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. Photo: Philip Lee Harvey/www.tpoty.com

Hot/Cold – He Jian, China

Winner

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.

travel photographer of the year 2018

Gannan, China. The local people who walked on the pilgrimage road were pious and pure. Photo: Hi Jian/www.tpoty.com

 

Beauty of Light – Edward Graham, USA

Commended

No overall winner was awarded in Beauty of Light, but photographers from China, the UK and USA were Commended.

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Lake Baikal, Russia. 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. Photo: Edward Graham/www.tpoty.com

Beauty of Light – Zhenzheng Hu, China

Commended

travel photographer of the year 2018

Zixing, Hunan, China. Fog rolling across the river creates an atmospheric background for this fisherman. Zhenzheng Hu/www.tpoty.com

Winning images from Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 awards will be exhibited in Spring 2019 at a free-to-view outdoor exhibitionat London Bridge City, opposite the Tower of London and close to London Bridge, and at TPOTY exhibitions internationally.

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