The winning images in the 2021 global Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) present a diverse and glorious view of life on our planet and, from 13 April to 31 May, they can be viewed in a vibrant, free-to-view outdoor exhibition at London’s Granary Square, the canalside heart of King’s Cross. 

The 138 award-winning images form an exhibition trail heading north from King’s Cross station, through Pancras Square and across the canal to Granary Square. 

Twenty thousand images were submitted from photographers in 151 countries. The images on display include beguiling abstract photographs of the ‘paintings’ created by the sand and tides in the islands of the Scottish Hebrides, celebrations of a Ramadan breakfast amidst the war-time devastation of a Syrian town, intimate and fascinating depictions of lives and cultures across the globe, a hare in a ‘ball’ of ice and snow and a ‘ghost leopard’ apparently emerging from the night sky.

Situated at the top of King’s Boulevard, on the banks of Regent’s Canal, Granary Square sits in the heart of King’s Cross and makes a fabulous exhibition space. Built where barges once unloaded their goods, the square is animated with over 1,000 choreographed fountains – each individually controlled and lit. The fountains are spectacular – especially by night. Wide, south-facing steps sweep down to the canal from the square. Carpeted in green during the summer months, this is the ideal spot to relax and watch the boats slip by. Exhibition visitors can explore the shops and enjoy lunch at one of the great restaurants that surround the square – and it’s a great place for children too.

Chris Coe, founder of TPOTY, said: “We are delighted to be staging the exhibition trail from King’s Cross station to Granary Square – it’s a fantastic and easily accessible central London location, with so much for exhibition visitors to see and do.”

Anthea Harries, head of assets at King’s Cross, added: “Despite a challenging few years for intrepid travellers, the winning images from TPOTY 2021 are phenomenal and we’re thrilled to be presenting them here at King’s Cross. This is the perfect opportunity to come to see these spectacular photographs and explore everything the neighbourhood has to offer.”

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