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See the incredible winning images from the annual Travel Photographer of the Year competition

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.

Batu Tara volcano on Komba Island, Indonesia
Batu Tara volcano on Komba Island, Indonesia Image by M Siering/TPOTY.cm

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.

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Fisherman on Lake Bosumtwi, Ashanti, Ghana.  Image by J Santos/TPOTY.com

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.

Aerial view of the Salt Desert, Danakil Depression, Afar,Ethiopia
Aerial view of the Salt Desert, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia.   Image by J Santos/TPOTY.com

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.

Chadipur, India. From land to sea –joy to eternity.
Chadipur, India. From land to sea –joy to eternity. Image by D Basak/TPOTY.com

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.

Winner of the Young Travel Photographer - 15 to 18 years old in Places and Experience category.
Winner of the Young Travel Photographer – 15 to 18 years old in Places and Experience category.
Image by C Moore/TPOTY.com

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.

A flock of Lesser flamingos take flight above Tanzania’s salt and soda Lake Natron
A flock of Lesser flamingos take flight above Tanzania’s salt and soda Lake Natron Image by A. Kumar/TPOTY.com

Mankind Category

Ruiyuan Chen from China’s depiction of ethnic Yi people, who live in great poverty in the Daliang Mountains, Sichaun province.

Ethnic Yi people who live in Sichaun province.
Ethnic Yi people who live in Sichaun province. Image by C Ruiyuan/TPOTY.com

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.

An elderly woman cutting grass from a small plot to feed her livestock.
An elderly woman cutting grass from a small plot to feed her livestock. Image by J Woodhouse/TPOTY.com

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.

Winner of the Natural World Portfolio - LAND, SEA, SKY.
Winner of the Natural World category – LAND, SEA, SKY.  Image by C Easton/TPOTY.com

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.”

The Mongolian people learn to ride as very young children, and these horses are lassoed with great skill.
The Mongolian people learn to ride as very young children, and these horses are lassoed with great skill. Image by B Pisati/TPOTY.com

Shaped by Light Single Image Category

Biran Zhao of China won for his image of nuns walking around the mountains.

Regardless of the season, the nuns walk year after year, day in and day out
Regardless of the season, the nuns walk year after year, day in and day out.  Image by B Zhao/TPOTY.com

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.

A snowstorm in Manhattan.
A snowstorm in Manhattan. Image by: M Palazzo/TPOTY.com

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.