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2014 Winners' Gallery

Welcome to the gallery of the 2014 winning images. We hope you enjoy them

Travel Photographer of the Year is proud to showcase another great set of images as the 2014 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 2014 are displayed below and will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London from 24th July to 5th September 2015.

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 2014

Winner — Philip Lee Harvey, UK

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TPOTY 2014 winner

Philip Lee Harvey

Philip was born in Canterbury, England in 1969. After completing a Graphic Design degree at the Norwich School of Art and Design, Philip assisted some of the UK’s leading advertising photographers. Eager to develop his photographic career, Philip soon started taking on editorial and advertising commissions of his own.

Since then, he has worked in over 100 countries, ranging from Antarctica to the Sahara. His journeys have taken him to some of the world’s most inhospitable and demanding destinations.

His work has been featured in publications including BBC Lonely Planet Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, The Independent, the Saturday Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler, Vanity Fair and Volvo magazine, to name but a few.

His advertising clients have included Shell, UPS, T-Mobile, Ford, Bentley, Ericsson Communications, the Irish and British Tourist Boards, Sony, British Airways, Volkswagen, UBS Banks, Sea France, ITV, Mastercard, Kodak and BP.

What the judges thought....

As with last year's overall winner, Philip entered a number of high quality portfolios in different categories; the judges felt that these two were the strongest. Lalibela, Ethiopia and the Himba of Namibia have been photographed many times yet, despite our familiarity with these subjects, these elegant images of Lalibela and the beautiful and intimate Himba images have captured the subjects in a striking way.

The two sets of images are shot in very different styles. The Lalibela portfolio uses the portrait format to show the depth of the rock-hewn churches and this is complimented by the photographer's angle of view in this difficult lighting.

The portraits of the Himba woman are beautiful in their detail and limited colour palette, capturing the tribal shapes and patterns in strong compositions.

See the Travel Photographer of the Year prize page

Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2014

Winner — Samuel Fisch, USA (age 17)

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17 year old Samuel Fisch has always been very interested in both visual and performing arts, but he first began to focus more seriously on photography when he turned twelve. He is a self-taught photographer and has learned about many different forms of photography by reading numerous books and articles. His photographs are inspired by the stories of the people he meets as well as by the places he visits, both in his local neighborhood and in his travels. While he is not certain what profession he will pursue, he knows photography will always be part of his life. Samuel lives in New York City and is currently a senior at Horace Mann School in Bronx, New York.

In 2012, Samuel was the first American to be awarded the overall title of Young Travel Photographer of the Year and is the first photographer to win the title for a second time.

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Samuel has chosen unconventional, somewhat mundane, subjects for his images but has demonstrated a keen eye for detail and a wonderful eye for and understanding of colour in his portfolio of the Venetian island of Burano in Italy, famous for its bold coloured buildings. He has elegantly captured the essence of the place whilst staying away from the obvious canals and boats to create a clean, cohesive portfolio.

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Young Travel Photographer - 15 to 18 years old - DESTINATIONS

Winner — Georgia Mulholland, Australia (age 18)

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Photography has always been Georgia's ‘thing’ that she gets infinite enjoyment from. At age 6 she would line up her friends to model for her and her disposable camera. In her final year of high school (she has just graduated) Georgia was chosen as the Media Captain, which meant all waking hours would be spent inside her media lab, editing videos, working on her own photographic creations, or completing school based projects - such as traveling to the Kimberley on a school service tour as the official photographer and videographer.

In her own time she dedicates weekends to conducting shoots for her photography blog- which she has run for 5 years, turning figments of her imagination into reality. This and last year in particular, as she battled through tough personal situations, has been a fantastic creative outlet to pour her ideas into and work to establish herself as a photographer. She sees photography as a long-term career, an ever-evolving creative field, and is currently captivated by travel photography. She has just completed an adventure through Europe and will shortly be taking on Asia.

What the judges thought....

This is another wonderfully mature set of images from one of the younger entrants to the awards. The images tell a story of the island of Mykonos, Greece and use all the elements of visual story-telling in their construction and composition, with clever use of detail in demanding lighting.

Runner Up — George Warr, UK (age 16)

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Young Travel Photographer - 14 years old & under - DESTINATIONS

Winner — Michael Theodric, Indonesia (age 12)

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A pupil at Junior High at Sekolah Dian Harapan Lippo Karawaci, Indonesia, Michael Theodric began seriously taking photographs when he acquired a DSLR at the young age of 8. His favourite photographers include Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier Bresson, and Reza Deghati. Michael first came to the attention of the TPOTY judges when he won the Young TPOTY 14 and under category in 2012, aged just 10 years old. He was a finalist in this category again in 2013, and returned in 2014 to take the top prize one more. It is no surprise that he plans a career as a professional photographer!

What the judges thought....

At just 12 years of age, Michael shows a wonderfully mature eye for an image and a strong sense of composition. His images are crisp and elegant in their simplicity, with a good understanding of the tonal qualities of B&W medium. He has already chosen photography as a career, and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him.

Runner Up — Arthur Allen,UK (age 10)

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Runner Up — Will Jenkins, UK (age 11)

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People & Cultures Portfolio - TRIBES

Winner — Nick Ng Yeow Kee, Malaysia

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In his 'day job' Nick is an oral implantologist. During his travels, he explores the hidden places of cities and remote areas not frequented by tourists. Having purchased his first camera in 2008 solely for the purpose of his dental centre, Nick’s passion into photography was by accident, and he has not looked back since, having won several accolades. He is currently the Chapter Organizer of The Royal Photographic Society (Malaysia Chapter).

“Photography to me is an extension of my inner childhood, memories of my old grandfather who works as a goldsmith in a dimly lit area are what inspired me to explore the hidden gems during my travels. My passion lies in the people I meet and their surrounding environment that moulds their cultures and traditions, be it in modern cities or remote villages.

What the judges thought....

At first glance you can be forgiven for thinking that these portraits were taken many decades ago but they are in fact charming contemporary images of a Han Community old people's home in Liuyi Village, Yunnan, China. They are intriguing and intimate, demonstrating the skill of engaging with the subject.

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Runner Up — Nikos Vavdinoudis, Greece

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Highly Commended — Arne Strømme, Norway

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Commended — Tim Gerard Barker, Australia

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - TRIBES

Winner — Timothy Allen, UK

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Special Mention — Andrea Francolini, Italy

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Special Mention — Tim Gerard Barker, Australia

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Special Mention — Sean Caffrey, Canada

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Special Mention — Manuel Librodo, Philipines

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Special Mention — Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez, Spain

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Natural World Portfolio - EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER

Winner — Marsel van Oosten, Netherlands

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After graduating from the Academy of Arts, Marsel started his career as an art director in advertising. Taking photographs began as a way to escape from life in the fast lane. Five years after his first encounter with the African wildlife in Tanzania, he took the plunge and swapped his established advertising career for the precarious life of a nature photographer. His images are most known for their composition, clarity and graphic qualities. In his work he tries to simplify, to get rid of the extraneous: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. In many ways, you can still see his art education and advertising career reflected in his work.

The one person that has inspired him most is German landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that directs the viewer's gaze towards their metaphysical dimension.

Marsel lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with videographer Daniella Sibbing.

What the judges thought....

Simplicity is a key element of these winning images of dead camelthorn trees in the Namib Desert. Enhanced by the use of B&W, they use space and form to convey the harshness of the environment and the fading majesty of the trees in artist images with the quality of fine pencil drawings.

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Runner Up — Peter Karry, UK

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Commended — Thomas Haney, USA

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Commended — Nicolas Lotsos, Greece

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER

Winner — Jakub Rybicki, Poland

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Special Mention — Patrick Griffiths, UK

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Special Mention — Eric Lew, USA

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Special Mention — Marinka Masséus, Netherlands

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Special Mention — Marsel van Oosten, Netherlands

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Special Mention — Nick Isden, UK

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Special Mention — Barbara Dall'Angelo, Italy

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Creative Travel Portfolio - SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE

Winner — Piotr Trybalski, Poland

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Piotr Trybalski was born in Poland in 1975. He studied geography, and during his studies he began working as a journalist. At the age of 24 he started a career with the biggest Polish Internet portal and for about 10 years he led the travel department. He organized and participated in numerous expeditions – for example to Nepal, India, Madagascar, Venezuela,  Australia and Mali.  Piotr has had articles and images published in many  magazines  including National Geographic, and Outside.  The author of the books ‘Travel with Adrenaline’ and ‘Travel  Photographer’, he also runs a blog and photography workshops. 

In 2005, together with photographer friends he founded the Foundation Imago Mundi, dedicated to the promotion of young photographers and photo projects. Piotr organizes one of the biggest travelers’ festivals in Poland - Three Elements - and the movie festival, featuring  travel documentaries. In 2013 he began his photographic project "Roadtripping" -  together cyclist friends he crosses and shoots the most amazing places via road cycling routes.

What the judges thought....

The cyclists are secondary to the striking light of the wild landscapes along the Norwegian coastal route, but serve to add scale and a dynamic quality to the images. Ugly tarmac roads are transformed into glistening strips of light creating strong, smooth compositional forms through the rugged coastline and giving a sense of adventure into the unknown.

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Runner Up — Terry Steeley, UK

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Highly Commended — Marsel van Oosten, Netherlands

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Commended — Gonçalo Barriga, Portugal

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Commended — Barbara Dall'Angelo, Italy

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE

Winner — Timothy Allen, UK

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Special Mention — Judith Conning, Australia

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Special Mention — Arne Strømme, Norway

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Special Mention — Anil Sud, Canada

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One Shot - ONE MOMENT

Winner — Johnny Haglund, Norway

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Johnny Haglund was educated as an engineer, but was not made to spend his life working between four walls. Since 1988 he has travelled the world, always with a camera, and in 1994 he had his first story published.

Today he works full time as a freelance photographer and writer. He sometimes accepts assignments, but for most of his stories he does everything from the research to writing. Then he sells a “package” with photos and text to magazines in many countries – but mostly to the weekly Norwegian magazine Vi Menn. He is on the road between four and six months every year.

What the judges thought....

This image combines the elegance of a portrait with the dynamic movement of the surrounding environment in Kinshasa, Congo. "Les Sapeurs" have been brought into public awareness by the recent television adverts but this image returns them to their native environment, contrasting these sophisticated and quirky fashionistas with their grittier, more drab surroundings. The movement of the traffic elevates them as the main subject of this engaging portrait.

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Runner Up — Ly Hoang Long, Vietnam

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Highly Commended — German Gutierrez, Spain

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Commended — Marco Urso, Italy

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Commended — Ming Ong, Singapore

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Commended — Bruna Brandão, Brazil

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Commended — Beniamino Pisati, Italy

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One Shot - MONOCHROMAL

Winner — Johnny Haglund, Norway

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Johnny Haglund was educated as an engineer, but was not made to spend his life working between four walls. Since 1988 he has travelled the world, always with a camera, and in 1994 he had his first story published.

Today he works full time as a freelance photographer and writer. He sometimes accepts assignments, but for most of his stories he does everything from the research to writing. Then he sells a “package” with photos and text to magazines in many countries – but mostly to the weekly Norwegian magazine Vi Menn. He is on the road between four and six months every year.

What the judges thought....

This B&W portrait of an old Wayuu woman in La Guajira, Colombia, seemingly breaks the rules of composition but is all the more remarkable for it. In every line on her face and the wildness of her hair and expression lies the story of her life, more apparent and interesting for the absence of colour.

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Runner Up — Sue O'Connell, UK

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Highly Commended — Nicole Cambre, Belgium

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Commended — Neil Buchan-Grant, UK

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Commended — Philip Field, UK

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One Shot - WILD & VIBRANT

Winner — Joshua Holko, Australia

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Living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Joshua studied with distinction at the Australian Photography Studies College and the Australian College of Journalism and is a fully accredited AIPP Master of Photography and member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). In 2011 he was selected to appear in the AIPP 'Look for the Logo' television campaign highlighting some of Australia's best photographers.  In 2013 and again in 2014 Joshua was elected to the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.

His work has also been exhibited at international shows and expos across the USA and Europe including Photokina in Germany and PhotoPlus in New York. Joshua's photography has also been exhibited at Montsalvat Art Gallery, purchased by City Councils, as well as private collectors around the world. His work has also been published in numerous magazines and journals, including B&W + Color, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, F11 Magazine, The Australian Photography and Gallery Compendium, Wild, Australian Photography, Better Photography, Better Pictures and Silvershotz.

What the judges thought....

In a time of environmental change the polar bear has become a powerful symbol of man's impact on our climate. The wildness of this image is evident but the image also conveys vibrancy, both in colour and in the sense of power and energy. The elegance of the setting contrasts with the gruesome natural way of life in this harsh environment of Svalbard while the two splashes of red connect death with survival.

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Runner Up — Marco Urso, Italy

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Highly Commended — Mike Reyfman, USA

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Commended— Marco Urso, Italy

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Commended — Andrew Newey, UK

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Commended — Tim Bird, UK

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Commended — Jason Freeman, Australia

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New Talent Portfolio - TRAVELOGUE

Winner — Massimiliano Fabrizi, Italy

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Amateur photographer Massimiliano trained as an architect from Rome, and is now working as a self-employed multimedia and graphic designer. After working for 10 years in the educational department of an Italian national broadcasting company he switched to a more location-independent professional lifestyle, to enable him to pursue his passion for photography and travel.

“I am fascinated by places with a double soul; cities that have changed their architectural, urban and social status in a short period of time, following major historic events of which traces are still visible today and memories are still vivid in people’s minds. That’s why I visited Berlin in the early Nineties and I recently chose it as my second home. For the same reason I fell in love with Havana and other places in Cuba.”

What the judges thought....

Cuba is a popular destination for photographers but so often the photographs which it yields are full of colour and marked by the clichéd symbols; American cars, music and dance, boxing and so on. This portfolio caught the judges' eye because it captures the country's faded beauty and the more sombre side of its inhabitants.

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Runner Up — Adam Balcy, Poland

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Highly Commended — Wenpeng Lu, China

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Commended — Felicia Simion, Romania

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HD Video - TRAVEL SHORTS (click thumbnail to view)

Winner — Rufus Blackwell, UK

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Rufus has spent the past 8 years developing a number of time-lapse techniques that allow him to shoot in ways no one else can. He has travelled the world capturing rarely seen footage in remote locations. He studied Film at Plymouth College of Art and Design and has worked as a camera man, photographer, editor and VFX artist. His time-lapse photography allows him to combine all these skills with his love of nature and adventure, to produce some unique images.

The Kumbh Mela is to date the largest gathering of people ever on Planet Earth! It is estimated that there were 100 million attendees. Time-lapse photography seemed the natural way to capture the movement and beauty of this incredible spectacle. Composed from over 80,000 individual photos, this was shot at the festival on the banks of the Ganges and at Varanasi, a sacred site visited by many on route to the main event. It was a tough shoot due to the sheer vastness of the event but the results go at least some way to documenting the sea of people attending “The Greatest Gathering on Earth.” Next stop the Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania!

What the judges thought....

Timelapse photography is challenging in any environment but amidst the crazy bustle of Kumhb Mela, India's mass Hindu pilgrimage, it assumes a whole new level of difficulty. The result is a wonderfully quirky film, enhanced by careful use of a soundtrack, and two minutes of an uplifting celebration of humanity.

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Runner Up — Olivia Rutherford, UK

 

Commended — Eric Nathan, South Africa

 

Thank you from Travel Photographer of the Year 2014

We would like to thank all the many photographers who entered Travel Photographer of the Year 2014. Once again the standard has been very high and it has been a joy to look through and judge all the submissions from talented photographers around the world.

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