2018 international Travel Photographer of the Year award winners announced
The winners of the 2018 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards have been announced, with a number of Australian photographers receving recognition in the annual competition.
Open to both amateur and professionals, photographers from 142 countries submitted over 20,000 images, with photographers from 22 countries featuring amongst the winners.
The top prize and title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 was taken by Stefano Pensotti, a semi-professional photographer from Italy, with eight images showcasing 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.
Australian photographers recognised in the competition include Ignacio Palacios, who was commended in the Natural World portfolio category, Joshua Holko, highly commended in the Hot/Cold single image category, Scott Portelli, commended in the Tranquility single image category, Ben McRae in the faces, people and culture category and Robin Yong, a previous finalist in our own Photographer of the Year competition.
The Young Travel Photographer of the Year award went to 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.
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.
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.
The Natural World category attracted a very strong entry, with the judges eventually awarding the top prize to Spaniard Javier Herranz Casellas for his delicate, intimate portfolio depicting the Pita (Agave Americana) plant. 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.
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.
Jose Antonio Rosas becomes the first-ever Peruvian winner of a TPOTY category, winning the New Talent award for his portfolio documenting the Candelaria celebration in Puno, Peru and, in the Smart Shot single-image category for photographs taken on a mobile phone or tablet, Briton Nicola Young took first prize with her iPhone photo of a fish trader in Mauritius.
Winning images from this year’s awards will be exhibited in Spring 2019 at an outdoor exhibition at London Bridge City, opposite the Tower of London and close to London Bridge, and at TPOTY exhibitions internationally.
You can see a selection of winning images in the gallery above, and more finalists at the TPOTY website.