From fiery lava flows to a magical, snow-swirled New York street scene that looks like something out of a painting, the winning images in the 2016 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been revealed, and they are stunning. Photographers from over 100 countries entered and the winners span over 20 countries.
Overall Winner Travel Photographer of the Year
Joel Santos becomes the first-ever Portuguese overall winner in the award’s 14-year history, beating photographers from 123 countries to take the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2016.
His winning entry features a delicate and intimate portfolio depicting traditional fishing in Ghana and – in another first for TPOTY – an aerial portfolio captured using a drone, giving a bird’s eye view of one of the hottest places in the world, Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression.
Young Travel Photographers of the Year
The Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 is 14-year old Darpan Basak from India who won for his image showing the excitement of fishing in India.
Eighteen-year old Courtney Moore (USA) won Young TPOTY in the 15-18 age category for her image of foxes shot on a sub-zero windy morning in Island Beach State Park, New Jersey, USA. On a particularly windy day, this fox was sitting only a few yards away from the ocean as sand pelted against his fur.
Ankit Kumar, India (age 13) won the 14-and-under category for images of Lake Natron Tanzania, showing esser flamingos taking flight and showing their distinctive deep pink patches on their wings.
Ruiyuan Chen from China’s depiction of ethnic Yi people, who live in great poverty in the Daliang Mountains, Sichaun province.
Jeremy Woodhouse was the UK Winner for Best Single Image in the ‘Mankind’ portfolio, for an image taken of an elderly woman in Coltesti, Romania.
Land Sea Sky Category
Former overall TPOTY winner Craig Easton won ‘Land, Sea, Sky’, for his images which included a lone Buddhist monk walking around the boundary wall of the West Kirby Marine Lake.
Journeys and Adventures Portfolio
Beniamino Pisati from Italy won this category for his images of Bayankhongor; mongolia horses are present in all aspects of life in Mongolia. A popular saying is: “A Mongol without a horse is like a bird without wings.”
Shaped by Light Single Image Category
Biran Zhao of China won for his image of nuns walking around the mountains.
Cities and Architecture Category
Michele Palazzo from Italy won for his image of the Flatiron Building, Manhattan, New York. While walking through the Jonas snowstorm that swept across the East Coast, he captured this shot of the Flatiron Building against a backdrop of swirling snow.
The winning images will go on show at TPOTY exhibitions at the UK City of Culture celebrations in Hull from 18 May to 30 June 2017 and at 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich at the University of Greenwich, London from 4 August to 3 September next year.