December 13 2017: The winners of the 2017 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been revealed, and the contest - now in its 15th year - has another fantastic and wonderfully diverse set of photographs and photographic travel stories celebrating the humanity, landscape, environment and wildlife of this planet.

Congratulations to the photojournalist Alain Schroeder, the first-ever Belgian overall winner of TPOTY. Alain was awarded the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 for his atmospheric portfolios of Kushti wrestling in India and the complex rituals associated with death in Toraja, Indonesia.

Congratulations also to 12-year-old Morgan Wolfers from Colorado, USA, who becomes one of the youngest-ever winners of Young Travel Photographer of the Year, with a beautifully-shot portfolio of aspen trees and leaves. She was just 11 when she took her winning images.

More than 20,000 images were submitted by photographers in 129 countries, and entrants from 24 countries received awards - and it was a clean-sweep for the USA in Young Travel Photographer of the Year, with American youngsters taking the top honours in all three categories.

A huge THANK YOU to all our entrants from around the world, to our finalists who worked so hard to get their prints to us for the final judging round, to our fantastic sponsors Fujifilm, Hurigruten, Páramo, Genesis Imaging, Jack Wills, Plastic Sandwich, Photo Iconic and the Royal Photographic Society, and to our amazing panel of judges who gave their time and expertise so enthusiastically.