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Astounding visions in the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year winners

Astounding visions in the 2018...
Highly Commended Natural World, Portfolio. The highly endangered, golden snub-nosed monkey in Shaanxi, China
Highly Commended Natural World, Portfolio. The highly endangered, golden snub-nosed monkey in Shaanxi, China
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Highly Commended Natural World, Portfolio. The highly endangered, golden snub-nosed monkey in Shaanxi, China
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Highly Commended Natural World, Portfolio. The highly endangered, golden snub-nosed monkey in Shaanxi, China
Winner Best Single Image in a Natural World Portfolio. Fuego volcano, near Antigua city, Guatemala
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Winner Best Single Image in a Natural World Portfolio. Fuego volcano, near Antigua city, Guatemala
Special Mention Natural World, One Shot. Svalbard, Norway
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Special Mention Natural World, One Shot. Svalbard, Norway
Winner Travel Portfolio. Shugruf, Yemen
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Winner Travel Portfolio. Shugruf, Yemen
Runner-Up Travel Portfolio. Mount Nyirangongo, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
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Runner-Up Travel Portfolio. Mount Nyirangongo, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Special Mention Travel, One Shot. Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
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Special Mention Travel, One Shot. Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
Commended in the Beauty of Light One Shot category. Shanghai, China
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Commended in the Beauty of Light One Shot category. Shanghai, China
Highly Commended in the Hot/Cold One Shot category. Hinckley Reservation, Ohio, USA
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Highly Commended in the Hot/Cold One Shot category. Hinckley Reservation, Ohio, USA
Commended in the Hot/Cold One Shot category. Kapalana, Hawaii, USA
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Commended in the Hot/Cold One Shot category. Kapalana, Hawaii, USA
Winner Natural World, Portfolio. Close-up on the thorns of the Agave cactus, Spain
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Winner Natural World, Portfolio. Close-up on the thorns of the Agave cactus, Spain
Overall winner Travel Photographer of the Year. Salt pans of Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
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Overall winner Travel Photographer of the Year. Salt pans of Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
Overall winner Travel Photographer of the Year. Budapest, Hungary
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Overall winner Travel Photographer of the Year. Budapest, Hungary
Overall winner Travel Photographer of the Year. Badami, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India
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Overall winner Travel Photographer of the Year. Badami, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India
Winner Young Travel Photographer of the Year, Isabella Smith (age 14). Chefchaouen, Morocco
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Winner Young Travel Photographer of the Year, Isabella Smith (age 14). Chefchaouen, Morocco
Winner of Young Travel Photographer of the Year (aged 14 and under). Kollam, Kerala, India
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Winner of Young Travel Photographer of the Year (aged 14 and under). Kollam, Kerala, India
Runner-Up Young Travel Photographer of the Year (aged 14 and under). Lake Louise, Banff, Canada
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Runner-Up Young Travel Photographer of the Year (aged 14 and under). Lake Louise, Banff, Canada
Runner-Up Young Travel Photographer of the Year (aged 15 to 18). Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Switzerland
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Runner-Up Young Travel Photographer of the Year (aged 15 to 18). Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Switzerland
Runner-Up Young Travel Photographer of the Year (aged 15 to 18). Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Switzerland
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Runner-Up Young Travel Photographer of the Year (aged 15 to 18). Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Switzerland
Highly Commended in Faces, People, Places Portfolio category. Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
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Highly Commended in Faces, People, Places Portfolio category. Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Commended in Faces, People, Places Portfolio category. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
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Commended in Faces, People, Places Portfolio category. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
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In its 16th year, the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) competition is one of the older and more impressive photo competitions around. The remarkable collection of winning photographs this year act as an incredible snapshot of beauty around the world today, from astonishing natural wonders to profoundly human moments.

Since its foundation in 2003 as a small photography event focusing on the marvels of travel, the competition has quickly grown into a global behemoth. This year the competition received more than 20,000 submissions spanning 142 countries, including everything from high-grade professional entries to amateur photographs shot on smartphones.

The bulk of the competition is split into two sections: portfolio collections and one shot submissions. The overall grand prize winner is selected from the portfolio categories that require photographers to submit four to eight image selections across three topic areas: Travel, Natural World, and Faces, People, Cultures.

Overall winner Travel Photographer of the Year. Salt pans of Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
Overall winner Travel Photographer of the Year. Salt pans of Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

The overall grand prize this year was given to Italian photographer Stefano Pensotti, whose winning eight-image portfolio traversed three continents. His photography was complimented by the judges for giving, "a real sense of being part of each scene rather than simply observational."

Other truly incredible images celebrated in the competition reveal an apocalyptically surreal lava lake, a futuristic-looking highway intersection in Shanghai, and a gorgeous shot of a lone climber on a mountain in Madagascar.

Runner-Up Travel Portfolio. Mount Nyirangongo, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Runner-Up Travel Portfolio. Mount Nyirangongo, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Take a look through our gallery for some of the spectacular highlights from the winners of the 2018 competition.

Source: Travel Photographer of the Year

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1 comment
guzmanchinky
I've been a photographer since 1986, with my Minolta 7000. Oooh I thought I was good. Now it's a whole new world. I wonder where we will be in 20-30 years, every photograph is a 360 3D 500 megapixel image only viewable with special AR glasses?