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And the winners are: stunning images from the Travel Photographer awards

The results of the 2015 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been announced and Marsel van Oosten of the Netherlands has taken the top prize.

OVERALL WINNER  - TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015 Marsel van Oosten (Netherlands) Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana, USA Kayaking amongst the Giant Cypress trees on a misty morning on one of the countless bayous of the Atchafalaya basin, the largest US wetland.
OVERALL WINNER – TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2015 Marsel van Oosten (Netherlands) Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana, USA. Kayaking amongst the Giant Cypress trees on a misty morning on one of the countless bayous of the Atchafalaya basin, the largest US wetland. Image by Marsel van Oosten/www.tpoty.com

He beat entrants from over 110 countries to claim the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2015.

The Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 award was given to 18-year-old Chase Guttman from the USA.

Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 Winner, Chase Guttman, USA (age 18) Semonkong, Lesotho Basuto tribal leader and local shepherds.
Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 Winner, Chase Guttman, USA (age 18)
Semonkong, Lesotho Basuto tribal leader and local shepherds.
Image by Chase Guttman/www.tpoty.com

Photographers from 22 countries won awards, which will be publicly displayed in the summer of 2016, at TPOTY’s new London exhibition venue, The Museum of London Docklands.

The winners were chosen by an international panel of judges.

According to a TPOTY news release, van Oosten’s “two portfolios, both in black and white, are very different but each is elegant and beautifully composed and lit. The first portfolio, of pelicans, is punchy and graphic, whilst the second, of Lousiana, is subtle and textural.”

Other winners included:

Spencer Cox (USA, age 17) Young TPOTY 15-18

Young TPOTY 15-18 Winner, Spencer Cox, USA (age 18) Jökulsárlón beach, Iceland
Young TPOTY 15-18 Winner, Spencer Cox, USA (age 18)
Jökulsárlón beach, Iceland
Image by Spencer Cox/www.tpoty.com

Michael Theodric (Indonesia, age 13) Young TPOTY 14 and Under

Young TPOTY 14 and under Winner, Michael Theodric, Indonesia (age 13). Boen San Bio Temple, Tangerang, Indonesia. Lion Dance during the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Young TPOTY 14 and under Winner, Michael Theodric, Indonesia (age 13). Boen San Bio Temple, Tangerang, Indonesia.
Lion Dance during the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Image by Michael Theodric/www.tpoty.com

Mitchell Kanashkevich (Australia) People & Cultures Portfolio – FACES, PEOPLE, ENCOUNTERS

Faces, People, Encounters, Winner, Mitchell Kanashkevich (Australia) Maramures, Romania Hungarian-Romanian man takes a break from ploughing a field.
Faces, People, Encounters, Winner, Mitchell Kanashkevich (Australia)
Maramures, Romania. Hungarian-Romanian man takes a break from ploughing a field.
Image by Mitchell Kanashkevich/www.tpoty.com

Timothy Allen (UK) Best Single Image in a Portfolio – FACES, PEOPLE, ENCOUNTERS

Faces, People, Encounters Runner-up. This image also won the award for Best Single Image in a portfolio Timothy Allen (UK). Western Mongolia - Kazakh wedding season in the Altai Mountains.
Faces, People, Encounters Runner-up. This image also won the award for Best Single Image in a portfolio
Timothy Allen (UK). Western Mongolia – Kazakh wedding season in the Altai Mountains.
Image by Timothy Allen/www.tpoty.com

James Morgan (UK) Natural World Portfolio – NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

Nature & Environment Winner, James Morgan (UK) Yakutia, Russia Hunter holds up the head of the wolf he has just shot dead.
Nature & Environment Winner, James Morgan (UK)
Yakutia, Russia. Hunter holds up the head of the wolf he has just shot dead.
Image by James Morgan/www.tpoty.com

Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland) Best Single Image in a Portfolio – NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

Nature & Environment Best Single Image in a portfolio Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland) Appenzell Alps, Switzerland The impressive flight skills of the Alpine Chough.
Nature & Environment
Best Single Image in a portfolio, Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland)
Appenzell Alps, Switzerland. The impressive flight skills of the Alpine Chough. Image by Alessandra Meniconzi/www.tpoty.com

Xia Xuejun (China) Creative Travel Portfolio – MONOCHROMAL

Scott Portelli (Australia) Best Single Image in a Portfolio – MONOCHROMAL

Uli Kunz (Germany) One Shot – A MOMENT IN LIGHT

Larry Louie (Canada) One Shot – COLOURS OF THE WORLD

Jasper Doest (Netherlands) One Shot – WATER

Zhu Jingyi (China) New Talent Portfolio – STREET CULTURE

Edgard de Bono (Italy) Smart Shot – iCAPTURED

See more photos at www.tpoty.com.