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2015 Winners' Gallery

Welcome to the gallery of the 2015 winning images. We hope you enjoy them.

Travel Photographer of the Year is proud to showcase another great set of images, as the 2015 winners add fresh perspectives on our world through the eyes of talented amateur, semi-professional and professional photographers.

The winning images from Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 are displayed below and will be exhibited at the Museum of London Docklands in London next summer (2016). For details of our other exhibitions please visit the touring exhibitions page.

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 2015

WINNER —Marsel van Oosten, Netherlands

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Marsel van Oosten

Marsel van Oosten is a professional nature photographer from The Netherlands. His images are best known for his graphic approach to composition, the direct result of his previous career as an art director in advertising. In his work he tries to simplify, to get rid of the extraneous: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

His images are featured in galleries and museums, and he is a regular contributor for National Geographic magazine. In addition to winning the overall title International Nature Photographer of the Year in the IPA two times in a row, his awards include First Prizes in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Travel Photographer of the Year, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Together with his wife Daniella he runs Squiver, a company that organizes specialized wildlife and landscape photography tours and workshops for small groups of all experience levels to spectacular locations worldwide.

What the judges thought....

These two portfolios require very different skills to shoot but both are elegant, beautifully composed and show wonderful use of light. The first portfolio of the cypress trees in the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana, USA, is subtle and textural contrasting with the strong, punchy, graphic style of the portfolio of great white pelicans, shot on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean near Walvis Bay, Namibia. The detail in both portfolios enhances the images and the contrasting styles.

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Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2015

WINNER — Chase Guttman, USA (age 18)

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Despite being young and in the early days of his photographic career, Chase Guttman was named a 3 Best Travel Photography Blogger by USA Today, a Top Travel Photographer by the New York Institute of Photography and a Rising Star by Instagram. He was first spotted by TPOTY back in 2010 in the 14 & under age group, then agaiin 2012 when, at the age of 15, he won the Emerging Talent award. Chase has already travelled to every U.S. state and over 50 other countries. He has lectured at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. All of which is particularly impressive given that he is still only 18!

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Chase's portfolio tells a story of the Basuto people in Semonkong, Lesotho, giving glimpses into their life and the landscape which surrounds them. The portfolio is well constructed and paced, with the blue tones linking the people to the place.

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Young Travel Photographer - 15 to 18 years old - TRAVELS WITH MY CAMERA

Winner — Spencer Cox, USA (age 18)

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Photography has taken Spencer Cox to some of the most beautiful places in the world, from Yosemite to Iceland, and he has seen some of nature’s grandest landscapes and tiniest details along the way. He has been an avid hiker and sunrise-chaser all his life, and his favorite food is freeze-dried soup — not at all because of the taste, but because of the memories it conjures.

He takes his travel photography inspiration from the black-and-white film masters — photographers such as Bruce Barnbaum and Fan Ho. He started photography at the age of fifteen, and plans to continue for the rest of his life. He is currently studying engineering at Northwestern University in Chicago, and he knows that photography will always be his passion.

What the judges thought....

It is not easy to capture the essence of such a monotonal place on a grey and stormy day, but Spencer's images of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Stokksnes Mountains and Höfn in Iceland have done just that with moody and dynamic compositions.

Runner Up — Jonathan Rystrøm, Denmark (age 16)

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Young Travel Photographer - 14 years old & under - TRAVELS WITH MY CAMERA

Winner — Michael Theodric, Indonesia (age 13)

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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. And now he has done it again! It is no surprise that he plans a career as a professional photographer!

What the judges thought....

Michael is an extremely talented photographer despite the fact that he is still only 13 years old. This is his third win in this age group and the second year in a row that he's won this award. Perhaps most remarkably, each of his winning portfolios have been completely different and when the judges found out that these were his pictures, after choosing them as the winner, they were astounded at the diversity exhibited by such a young talent. This portfolio of the Hungry Ghost Festival in his native Indonesia is by far his grittiest to date and the reportage style incorporating dramatic lighting and movement is impressive. The judges would like to also extend their praise to the runner up, Victor Ghose (images below), for such a clever entry - shot in Lunenburg and Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada - from someone so young.

Runner Up — Victor Ghose, UK (age 8)

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Judges' Special Mentions

The judges don't usually give special mentions except when choosing their favourites in the three portfolio categories. However, this year they felt that two young photographers merited a mention - Hugo Berman for his portfolio of accomplished portraits in the 14 & under age group, and an individual image by Ido Scharf in the 15-18 age group.

Special Mention — Hugo Berman, France (age 11)

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Special Mention — Ido Scharf, Israel (age 16)

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People & Cultures Portfolio - FACES, PEOPLE, ENCOUNTERS

Winner — Mitchell Kanashkevich, Australia

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Mitchell Kanashkevich is a tirelessly curious world wanderer and a travel/documentary photographer. His main passion lies in capturing disappearing ancient cultures and the human condition in unique, challenging situations. His range of subjects is fairly broad, but whether he is photographing nomadic shepherds in India, life in the last traditional villages of Eastern Europe or sulfur miners working in a volcanic crater, his common aim is always the same - to capture the human element.

What the judges thought....

These images link cleverly to tell an intimate story of life in Maramures, Romania. The images have a subtle, textural almost painterly quality. We can't wait to see these printed large in the exhibition!

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Runner Up — Timothy Allen, UK

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Highly Commended — Sue O'Connell, UK

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Commended — Stuart Redler, UK

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - FACES, PEOPLE, ENCOUNTERS

Winner — Timothy Allen, UK

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Special Mention — Ly Hoang Long, Vietnam

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Special Mention — Rafal Ziejewski, Poland

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Special Mention — Alisson Jonas Cardoso Gontijo, Brazil

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Special Mention — Gary Pullar, Australia

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Special Mention — Gianluca de Bartolo, Italy

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Special Mention — Beniamino Pisati, Italy

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Natural World Portfolio - NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

Winner — James Morgan, UK

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James Morgan is a multi award-winning film director and photojournalist.
His in-depth photographic features have appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, BBC, Sunday Times and many others. His images regularly lead campaigns for the World Wildlife Fund and USAID and are published and exhibited around the world.

James’ film work spans features, documentaries, commercials and music videos with clients ranging from Sony and Adidas to Vice and Mercedes Benz. Having worked in over 60 countries, James is comfortable in any environment and can speak English, Malaysian, Spanish, Indonesian and Icelandic.

What the judges thought....

It's unusual for a human story to win a Nature & Environment category but the judges felt that James's portfolio on wolf hunters in Yakutia, Russia captures a very powerful interaction between man and nature. Striking, brutal and graphic as it is, it is also intimate and captivating.

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Runner Up — Francisco Mingorance, Spain

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Highly Commended — Ingrid Vekemans, Belgium

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Commended — Jianhui Liao, China

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

Winner — Alessandra Meniconzi, Switzerland

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Special Mention — Terry Steeley, UK

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Special Mention — Brigitta Moser, Austria

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Special Mention — Anette Mossbacher, Germany

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Special Mention — Georg Popp, Austria

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Creative Travel Portfolio - MONOCHROMAL

Winner — Xia Xuejun, China

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Xia Xuejun is an amateur photographer, who makes a living through his property portfolio. He only took up photography in 2012, and would like to turn professional.

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Although boat towing is no longer a necessity, it was once a way of life and the only way to negotiate this section of rapids in Hubei, China. Xia has captured the process with humour in a striking portfolio of strongly composed images which are all that much stronger for being shot in black and white.

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Runner Up — Philip Lee Harvey, UK

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Highly Commended — Larry Louie, Canada

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Commended — Adam Tan, Malaysia

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - MONOCHROMAL

Winner — Scott Portelli, Australia

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Winner — Timothy Allen, UK

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Special Mention — Stuart Redler, UK

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Special Mention — Scott Portelli, Australia

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Special Mention — Alessandra Meniconzi, Switzerland

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Special Mention — Thierry Bornier, France

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One Shot - A MOMENT IN LIGHT

Winner — Uli Kunz, Germany

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Uli Kunz is a marine biologist and scientific diver, based in Kiel, Northern Germany. He says that it is difficult to tell whether he is a semi-professional or professional photographer, as he usually combines his activities, joining expeditions as a scientist but also as a photographer and cameraman. As an experienced diver, his passion lies in the world under water, regardless of the temperature and visibility. He has been diving in giant limestone caves and with the largest fish on the planet in crystal clear water, but also collected tiny nudibranchs on muddy sediments. In his lectures and shows he takes the audience into a beautiful, albeit threatened world, which is rarely visited by humans.

What the judges thought....

This wonderful image, shot in Heligoland, certainly fulfills the brief of a moment in light! Powerful, dynamic, graphic and cleverly conceived. A worthy and unusual judges' favourite.

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Runner Up — David Wrangborg, Sweden

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Highly Commended — Tim Taylor, UK

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Commended — Gunar Streu, Germany

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Commended — Cai Zhiping, China

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One Shot - COLOURS OF THE WORLD

Winner — Larry Louie, Canada

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In his optometry clinic, he is Dr. Larry Louie, a local optometrist working to enhance the vision of people from all walks of life. On his travels, he is a humanitarian documentary photographer, exploring the lives of remote indigenous people, and documenting social issues around the world. Dr. Louie has been using his photography as a platform to highlight the work of different charities around the world, along with social issues and challenges people are encountering in a world facing rapid urbanization and globalization. His award-winning photographs have appeared in the Asian Photography Magazine, Digital Camera Magazine, British Journal of Photography, B&W Magazine, National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler Magazine. His work has also been exhibited around the world: the Royal Geographical Society of London, UK, the Circle of Fine Art in Madrid, Spain, the Center of Photography in Charleston, South Carolina, the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver, Canada and the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Canada.

What the judges thought....

Prayer flags are much photographed but rarely as well as these. The image is moody with both weather-worn pastel tones and movement giving a real sense of place in the Tibetan Tagong grasslands.

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Runner Up — Piers Golden, UK

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Highly Commended — Ignacio Palacios, Spain/Australia

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Commended — Maria de la Guardia, USA

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Commended — Zhou Jianyong, China

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One Shot - WATER

Winner — Jasper Doest, Netherlands

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To Jasper Doest, photography is about emotion. Whether it's a travel documentary, a conservation story or a standalone piece of art: it must be an expressive image, an image that touches its viewers.

As a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), his photographs have received multiple awards and have appeared in numerous international journals and books, including National Geographic Magazine and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Jasper's images depict what is beautiful around him, around us, and with his photographs he is able to reveal how fragile this beauty is. One split second can tell his story, that single moment in which he freezes nature but brings it to life more than ever before

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This image of water sprayed over municipal waste in Marchena, Andalusia, Spain, transforms the groteque excesses of man into a beautiful image of nature and light.

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Runner Up — Stephan Fürnrohr, Germany

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Highly Commended — Wade Hughes, Australia

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Commended — Joel Santos, Portugal

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New Talent Portfolio - STREET CULTURE

Winner — Zhu Jingyi, China

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A doctor by profession, Zhu Jingyi became interested in photography almost by accident, and began taking landscape images. More recently his interest has turned towards documentary.  “I will continue to record people’s lives, to love life and to love photography.”

What the judges thought....

Zhu's intimate and engaging portfolio of life in Jiangsu, China, shows us the real people in their places of work. The expressions and the splashes of colour really make the portfolio stand out and come alive.

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Runner Up — Wang Changshu, China

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Highly Commended — Carlos Esteves, Portugal

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Commended — Alison Cahill, UK

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Commended — Yi Choon Tang, Malaysia

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Smart Shot - iCAPTURED

Winner — Edgard de Bono, Italy

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Edgard De Bono is an Italian travel/documentary photographer who first discovered photography at the age of 20. As an avid traveller he has always been drawn to different cultures and ways of life. Since the beginning, the human condition has been the main subject of his photography.

What the judges thought....

A strikingly composed image which give a real sense of the photographer as an observer of what's happening in the world around us - the essence of good smart phone or tablet photography.

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Runner Up — Junjie Zeng, China

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Highly Commended — Frederic Fouchet, France

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Commended — Timothy Allen, UK

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Commended — Pamelyn Chee, Singapore

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HD Video - TRAVEL SHORTS (click thumbnail to view)

Highly Commended — Lorne Resnick, Canada

Commended — Olivia Rutherford, UK

 

Commended — Wibke Helfrich, Germany

 

No winner was awarded in the HD Video category this year as the judges felt that, although some good entries were received, none of them attained the overall standard achieved in previous years. However the judges agreed that the videos above merited commendation.

Visit TPOTY Vimeo page to view all our videos

 

Thank you from Travel Photographer of the Year 2015

We would like to thank all the many photographers who entered TPOTY 2015. 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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