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2013 Winners' Gallery

Welcome to the gallery of the 2013 winning images. We hope you enjoy them

Travel Photographer of the Year is proud to showcase another great set of images as the 2013 winners. Once again they are very different from last year's winners. Some you will find beautiful, others show a more gritty side to travel photography. All were taken by talented photographers - amateur, semi-professional and professional.

The winning images from Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 are displayed below and will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London from 11th July to 17th August 2014. They will also go on tour internationally for the first time.

As always we would ask you to bear in mind that some of the best images do not look as good when shown as low res thumbnails. To see them in all their glory, come along to our exhibitions. But for now, to view any of the thumbnails as larger images, please click that image to open the slideshow.

Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 - The Cutty Sark Award

Winner — Timothy Allen, UK

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Biography

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Timothy Allen

Timothy was born in Tonbridge in the South East of England in 1971.  At 22, after graduating from Leeds University with a BSc Zoology he left the UK and spent 3 years traveling around Indonesia which was the catalyst that sparked his passion for photography. 

In the nineties, after beginning a part-time diploma in photography, Timothy joined an aid convoy to Bosnia in order to shoot his first year reportage project.  Six months later he had dropped out of college, moved to London and begun working for the Sunday Telegraph, later inspiring commissions from all the British broadsheet publications and finally, a 6-year position at The Independent working predominantly on features and portraits.  Timothy joined Axiom Photographic Agency in 2002 leading him to cover a dynamic and broad spectrum of global stories with subjects ranging from the civil war in the remote Spice Islands of far eastern Indonesia, to the intriguing subculture of The World Taxidermy Championships in Springfield, Illinois.

Beginning in 2009 Timothy spent almost 2 years shadowing BBC film crews during the production of the landmark television series Human Planet. 

In recent years his work has diversified to incorporate DSLR cinematography and multimedia production and has taken him to every corner of the globe, from 19,000ft up in the Himalayas to 40 metres beneath the South China Sea as well as to projects within communities in the Arctic, tropical rainforest and remote desert locations.

What the judges thought....

With four of his portfolios shortlisted in different categories, the judges were impressed by the consistently high standard of Timothy's entry, finding his black & white imagery particularly noteworthy, engaging and well paced. Creating a striking portfolio is an art but he has captured different elements to great effect to tell the stories of the communities and people in his images.

The sets of images above show two complete portfolios (both black & white) and two images from each of his colour portfolios, and have been reproduced her to show the diversity and consistency of Timothy's entry.

The first portfolio of the replastering of the mud mosque in Djenne, Mali - a destination previously featured in Larry Louie's winning entry from 2010 - has echoes of Salgado imagery, whilst the third portfolio enigmatically captures the lives of the Dogon.

His other two portfolios, shot in Wales and Bhutan respectively, are more intimate studies of the lives of particular individuals. What is evident in all of these images is Timothy's ability to engage with and photograph people, and his ability to tell stories with his photography.

See Cutty Sark Awards & prize page

Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2013

Winner — Jonathan Rystrøm, Denmark (age 14)

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Jonathan is 14 years old and lives in Lyngby (a suburb of Copenhagen), Denmark. His favourite subjects in school are maths, languages (German, English) and social science. When he's not in school or doing homework, he likes to play music, train in kickboxing and of course to take photographs!

He got into photography when his grandfather took him on a safari trip a couple of years ago. His dad had bought some DSLR cameras, and he was allowed to borrow one. He thought it was amazing to capture such beautiful scenes with a click of a button! As soon as he got home, he began reading every book of photography he could find, and soon got his own camera. He became particularly interested in sport and landscape photography. When he grows up, he wants to study law, so he can afford some cool camera gear!

What the judges thought....

 

Jonathan's willingness to experiment with movement and to use this well in his compositions is particularly impressive for one so young. At just 14 years old, he is third youngest photographer to win the award of Young Travel Photographer of the Year and only the second ever Danish winner of any category in the awards, following in the footsteps on Student award winner, Sophie Tondering, in 2003.

If Jonathan continues to develop his keen eye and willingness to experiment with his photography then he has a bright future ahead of him.

See category & prizes page

Young Travel Photographer - 15 to 18 years old - Crowded Planet

Winner — Chase Guttman, USA (age 17)

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Despite his young age, Chase Guttman has already won several photographic awards. He has traveled to more than 40 countries and virtually every American state. He crossed Saharan dunes by camel in Morocco, tracked jaguars in the jungles of Belize, rescued baby puffins beneath the cliffs of Iceland’s Westman Islands, rode with gauchos across the Uruguayan pampas, and rafted tidal bores on the Bay of Fundy.

What the judges thought....

This is the third time that Chase has featured amongst the winners in Travel Photographer of the Year, having previously won the 14 years & under category and, last year, picked up the Emerging Talent award. His portfolio embodies the "Crowded Planet" theme with both humour and insight.

Runner Up — Jovian Salak, UK (age 18)

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Young Travel Photographer - 14 years old & under - Crowded Planet

Winner — Patria Prasasya, Indonesia (age 10)

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Patria loves studying Natural Sciences. She also loves the game of chess, and took part in chess competitions in her home town when she was eight and nine years old. She had to divide her time between chess training and looking for photographs. Her father also had the hobby of photography, so they often took group photos of the chess classes together.

Every week she comes into the city on ‘car free day’ – there are many interesting photo subjects there. She borrowed her father’s camera and won the ‘on the spot’ photo contest in the local newspaper. This made her want to explore photography more so she joined the local photo club. She loves photography and she loves nature. She wants to 'go to many places to take pictures and show everyone!’

What the judges thought....

At just 10 years old, Patria has cleverly captured the busy world on an any colony whilst showing good technique and an eye for design. It is not easy to put together a set of four images like these which show different elements of colony life whilst maintaining good use of depth of field, and she should be proud of these images.

Runner Up — Myriam Deckmyn, Belgium (age 12)

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Portfolio - Monochromal

Winner — Jino Lee, Singapore

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Musician turned sound engineer turned photographer, Jino took up photography late at age 35. He quickly learned the ropes by assisting in two commercial studios and being mentored in the event and wedding photography business by several experienced photographers. But his true passion in photography has always been in Travel and Documentary.

In the same year that he took up photography, he bit the bullet and went full time in photography. Within three years, he worked his way as resident photography instructor with a leading Japanese imaging company. Jino has also won several accolades since then.

What the judges thought....

Selecting the winner of the first ever monochrome category in Travel Photographer of the Year was no easy task with so many great images and beautiful prints to consider. The sheer variety of entries is evident in the diversity of imagery in the best of the single images from portfolios displayed below. The judges selected Jino's images because of their effective simplicity, subtle tonality and exquisite mood.

See category & prizes page

Runner Up — Emmanuel Coupe, France

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Highly Commended — Beniamino Pisati, Italy

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Commended — Roberto Nistri, Italy

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - Monochromal

Winner — Emmanuel Coupe, France

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Special Mention — Neil Buchan-Grant, UK

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Special Mention — Marco Urso, Italy

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Special Mention — Nicolas Lotsos, Greece

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Special Mention — Gail von Bergen-Ryan, Switzerland

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Special Mention — Simon Morris, UK

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Special Mention — Tony Burns, UK

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Portfolio - Wild Stories

Joint Winner — Jasper Doest, Netherlands & Johnny Haglund, Norway

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Biography - Jasper Doest

To Jasper, photography is always about emotion. Whether it's a travel documentary in Mexico or Poland, a photograph of a grebe in his home country The Netherlands, or a image series about arctic foxes on Svalbard: it must be an expressive image, an image that should touch its viewers.

Jasper brings nature, anywhere in the world, closer. Close to him, close to others. He explains: 'I owe a lot to the natural world and photography is my way to give something back'.

To him nothing beats sharing his passion: in lectures, in interviews, in workshops, but mostly through his photographs that convey a story. His work has received multiple awards and international journals and books publish his photographs and articles.

Biography - Johnny Haglund

Johnny started to travel around the world in 1988. The first years he travelled as a backpacker, but always with a camera. He spent six months on the road, and six months in Norway, working to pay for his travels.
He's always had great interest in wild, isolated, remote and mystic places and cultures. And as his experience grew, he went deeper and deeper in to jungles, mountains and deserts. His first published article came after a trip to Irian Jaya (New Guinea) in 1994. Johnny flew to a mountain town called Wamena in the interior of Irian Jaya. Here he hired some porters and set out to walk all the way to the north coast (only about 250 km in distance, but through dense jungle with no trails or roads). After two weeks he got lost, and spent 42 days in the jungle before he finally found the way back. After this he started to write for a Norwegian magazine, and after a couple of years, he began to make a living from it.

Today Johnny works full time as a freelance photographer and writer, and he has written and photographed more than 400 published articles for different magazines. On top of that he has produced five books. And he's still on the road four to five months every year...

What the judges thought....

After long consideration the judges decided that both these portfolios merited winning the 'Wild Stories' category so for the first time ever, joint winners were selected. The two portfolios could not be more different. Jasper's images of macaques in Japan are both elegant and beautiful, all boldly and unusually portrayed with their eyes closed - a technique which rarely works with portraits.

In stark contrast, Johnny's portfolio is both gritty and disturbing, telling the poignant story of a family business alligator hunting in Lac des Allemands, Louisiana, USA with intense insight and from close proximity.

See category & prizes page

Runner Up — Ed Hetherington, USA

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Highly Commended — Barbara Dall'Angelo, Italy

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Commended — Tim Taylor, UK

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Commended — Satpal Singh, India

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - Wild Stories

Winner — Pete Downing, UK

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Special Mention — Nicolas Lotsos, Greece

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Special Mention — Robbie Shone, UK

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Special Mention — James Woodend, UK

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Special Mention — Gail von Bergen-Ryan, Switzerland

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Special Mention — Timo Palo, Estonia

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Special Mention — Philip Lee Harvey, UK

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Portfolio - Vanishing & Emerging Cultures

Winner — Gavin Gough, Thailand

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Gavin is an independent, freelance editorial and travel photographer. Originally from England, Gavin is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand, from where he travels extensively, working on assignment, on commission, creating stock images, writing and teaching. He has been commissioned by dozens of international NGOs, humanitarian and charitable institutions and has completed commissions for organisations as varied as Sony, Vanity Fair magazine and the Vietnamese Tourist Board. His stock images have appeared on everything from postage stamps to magazine covers and billboards.

"As a travel photographer, my studio is the world outside my door and the only equipment required is a camera and a willingness to look for new perspectives. Lighting comes courtesy of whatever is available; sun, sky, tungsten and neon - travel photographers have access to it all."

What the judges thought....

Travel photography too often focuses on the cultures which are strikingly different from our own. Gavin's portfolio of skateboarders in Kolkata, India, caught the judges' eye because it brings together the elements of old and decaying with the vibrant and energetic culture of the young in an engaging and colourful set of images.

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Runner Up — Simon Morris, UK

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Highly Commended — Jason Edwards, Australia

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Commended — Cat Vinton, UK

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Commended — David Lazar, Australia

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - Vanishing & Emerging Cultures

Winner — Roberto Nistri, Italy

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Special Mention — Sahil Lodha, India

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Special Mention — Kieron Nelson, Canada

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Special Mention — Peter Gordon, Ireland

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Special Mention — Simon Morris, UK

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Special Mention —Tariq Sawyer, Switzerland

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Special Mention — Toby Adamson, UK

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One Shot - Extraordinary

Winner — Justin Mott, USA

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Biography

Justin grew up in a small town in Rhode Island, USA on Appleseed Drive surrounded by ripe apple orchards. Even though his last name is Mott he is unfortunately not related to the apple juice/sauce titan. He studied photojournalism at San Francisco State University but a year before he was set to graduate he took a trip to South East Asia, fell in love with the region and eventually settled in Vietnam.

Justin hates and loves taking pictures of conical hats; it really depends on the day. He never returned to school, but he did once write an essay on the current state of photojournalism for Harvard’s Nieman Reports, so he considers himself an Ivy Leaguer.’

What the judges thought....

With such a diverse and conceptual theme it was inevitably going to be a huge challenge to choose the winning images. Entries ranged from the stunningly beautiful to the most unbelievably tragic. Justin's image captures two worlds with serene beauty and elegance.

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Joint Runner Up — Tim Taylor, UK

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Joint Runner Up — Jason Edwards, Australia

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Highly Commended — David Oliete, Spain

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Commended — Nicolas Lotsos, Greece

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Commended — Gerald Baeck, Austria

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Commended — David Lazar, Australia

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Special Mention — Judith Conning, Australia

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Special Mention — Kokkai Ng, Singapore

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Special Mention — Marco Urso, Italy

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New Talent Portfolio - Metropolis

Winner — Tom Pepper, UK

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Amateur photographer Tom Pepper purchased his first SLR camera, a Nikon D90, in 2009. This became a trusty companion, and accompanied him on any travels. An interest in landscape and wildlife photography quickly developed, and suitcase-room for clothes reduced as he acquired additional lenses and equipment. These days Tom fits in as much photography as possible while studying medicine in London.

This portfolio was shot for the New Talent category of Travel Photographer of the Year during the medical elective portion of Tom’s course, when he was based in New York City. During the weekends and evenings not spent at the hospital, Tom walked the streets in search of new photographic subjects, and a fresh take on the familiar Manhattan skyline.

The portfolio is intended to represent what might be the typical day of a visitor to New York City: opening with a conceptual shot – the vision of the metropolis – and then progressing through the main sights, before a taxi ride home from Times Square in the evening.

What the judges thought....

Of all the entries in New Talent 2013, Tom's portfolio best captures the essence of Metropolis in a vibrant set of editorial images.

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Runner Up — Sheng Hong Tan, Malaysia

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Highly Commended — Lewis Phillips, UK

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Commended — Felicia Simion, Romania

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First Shot - En Route

Winner — Stuart Draper, UK

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Winner — Merissa Quek, Singapore

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Biography - Stuart Draper

Stuart is a Geography teacher at a secondary school in South Tottenham, UK. His interest in photography came about from his passion for travel; after University he travelled in South-East Asia and eventually ended up teaching English in Japan. The sights, colours and vibrancy of different cultures fuelled his desire to see and capture as much of the world as possible. After Japan he lived in New Zealand and in Libya.

His job as a Geography teacher allows him to use images of the world for education and he has run a small school group project on 'Photography in Geography'. Stuart still tries to travel as much as possible during holidays but now he has become more grounded and his photographs are mainly of his newborn daughter!

Biography - Merissa Quek

Previously a finance lawyer in Singapore, Merissa was inspired by what Steve Jobs said about having the courage to follow one's heart and intuition and decided to up sticks and move to Seoul. She has been a photographer at heart since she received her first SLR at the age of 15 for a year-long school project. Living in a new city has given her an excuse to go out and fully explore the possibility of turning her love for travelling and photography into something more, and she spends her spare time honing her skills by photographing the neighbourhoods and the people living in Seoul.

In addition to Singapore and South Korea, Merissa has lived in London. Her current aim is to photograph Antarctica and the penguins that live there.

What the judges thought....

Last year saw the first image captured on a mobile phone to feature amongst the award winners. Stuart's image is now the first category winner with this fascinating image captured on an iPhone. As with many of the best images the appeal is not obvious but it commands a second look. It is subtle and beautifully composed.

Merissa's image has fantastic energy with the moving mass of birds starkly contrasting with the stillness of the grain seller, seemingly unaware of the pandemonium surrounding him.

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Runner Up — Matthew Coomber, UK

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Commended — Irina Niculicea, Bulgaria

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HD Video - Travel Shorts (click thumbnail to view)

Winner — James Morgan, UK

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Runner Up — Rufus Blackwell, UK

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Highly Commended — Colin Ruggiero, USA

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Commended — James Morgan, UK

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Biography - James Morgan

James is a multi award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker. He is based in London but works mostly across Asia, Africa and South America, shooting in depth features and advocacy campaigns for the WWF, BBC, Sunday Times, New York Times, Guardian, USAID and many others. 

James’ forward thinking approach to the production and dissemination of multimedia features began with his work on Indonesia’s last sea nomads; the images won numerous awards and continue to be published and exhibited around the world. Recent work has included an investigative report looking at the links between international terrorism and the illegal wildlife trade, a behind the scenes look at an election race in Papua New Guinea and a group of indigenous female wrestlers fighting back against discrimination in Bolivia. 

Having travelled to over sixty countries, James is comfortable working in any environment and can speak English, Malaysian, Spanish, Icelandic and Indonesian.

What the judges thought....

Video adds another dimension to the photographers' ability to tell stories. James's winning Travel Short takes us down the documentary route into the life of one of Bolivia's women wrestlers, a world which many of us probably didn't even know existed let alone had insight into.

James was also joint winner of the first Travel Shorts category last year.

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