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2017 Winners' Gallery

Welcome to the gallery of the 2017 winning images. We hope you enjoy them.

Travel Photographer of the Year is proud to showcase another great set of images, as the 2017 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 2017 will be displayed at exhibitions in the UK and beyond in 2018. For details of our other exhibitions please visit the 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 2017

WINNER — Alain Schroeder, Belgium

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Alain Schroeder

Belgian photojournalist Alain Schroeder was born in 1955. Holding a degree in photography from the Saint-Luc Institute (Liège), in 1979 he began his career in sports photography. Through his contribution, from 1986 to 1992, to Hachette’s books 'Roland-Garros vu par les vingt meilleurs photographes de tennis', he became particularly known for photographing tennis. In 1989 he founded Reporters (http://www.reporters.be), a well-known photo agency in Belgium. He has illustrated over thirty books dedicated to China, Persia, the Renaissance, Ancient Rome, the Gardens of Europe, Thailand, Tuscany, Crete, Vietnam, Budapest, Venice, the Abbeys of Europe, Natural Sites of Europe, etc.  He has won many international awards and participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide.

What the judges thought....

Alain's two portfolios - entered in the Tales of Adventure and Celebration of Humanity categories - exhibit tenderness in stories with an edge. In many countries death carries certain taboos but in others it is celebration of both ancestry and culture. Alain's black and white portfolio from Toraja in Sulewesi, Indonesia, is sensitive, celebratory and atmospheric. His portfolio from Kushti in India ventures in the the world of wrestling. Shot beautifully in low light it is both powerful and tender. As a photojournalist, it’s no surprise that Alain takes a documentary approach to his work, and the judges felt that the quality of these images and the way in which they tell their stories, was outstanding.

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Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2017

WINNER — Morgan Wolfers, USA (age 11)

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Morgan Wolfers is a 12 year old nature photographer living in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado - and was just 11 years old when she took her Young TPOTY winning images. One of the first photos she ever took was shot on her mother’s iPhone. It was of a red fox named Frank that roams her neighbourhood. That picture made it into her local newspaper! That experience gave Morgan the confidence to try her hand at photography. Her parents bought her a Nikon Coolpix that year, and she began to photograph all the beautiful things she sees in nature, all around her, all the time! She has been amazed to see her photos win contests and appear in magazines since then, which tells her that she is on the right path in life. Morgan has Autism, and sometimes the world can be a little overwhelming for her, but she always finds peace in nature, and especially loves to photograph the details in nature. She sees so many little, beautiful things that others might not notice, and so decided to start sharing what she sees with the world. Morgan particularly loves a quote from Dr. Seuss “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” Her eyes are always open, and she's enjoying the scenes in our amazing world every day.

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With the theme My Camera, My Travels, Morgan's portfolio shows great observation, attention to detail and use of colour, especially for one so young. Her winning images are vibrant and engaging, giving a real sense of place and the essence of autumn and autumnal colour. The judges were immediately wowed by these shots.

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

Winner — Josiah Huddleston, USA/Japan (age 17)

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Although American by nationality, 17 year-old Josiah Huddleston was born in Japan, where he has lived all his life. He took up photography in earnest just over a year ago, when he bought his first camera.  He has found his first year of photography to be a huge learning curve and both challenging and exciting. He is currently living in the disaster zone of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, where he and his family moved to help with relief work.

What the judges thought....

Josiah has spent his entire life in Japan, and here he has found an unusual perspective on an intriguing country. Shot in sombre, misty weather, his images are moody and mysterious. Hard to gauge on screen, they will be magnificent as prints.

Runner Up — Axel Boberg, Sweden (age 18)

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

Winner — Maddie Nolan, USA (age 13)

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Maddie Nolan was born and raised outside Dallas, Texas in the United States. Dallas is a great big city, but Maddie has been able to find nature and subjects to photograph all around her. Her love for photography started at about age 10 with her late pet cockatiel.  Maddie would sneak her Mom’s camera and take a sea of pictures of her cockatiel. Some turned out remarkably well, and a new passion was born. Maddie hopes to be a wildlife nature photographer and an ornithologist, so she can study birds. She loves to photograph all living things – plants, animals, reptiles, insects and especially and mostly birds. Her Mom got a new camera this year, and this has allowed Maddie's passion to be taken to new heights.

What the judges thought....

Maddie has beautifully expressed her passion for nature photography in her images of a hummingbird, shot with wonderful timing in sharp and technical strong images.

Runner Up — Ankit Kumar, India (age 14)

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People & Cultures Portfolio - CELEBRATION OF HUMANITY

Winner — Paul Sansome, UK

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Paul Sansome is a professional fine art and travel photographer. Well-known in the south of England he now also has a home in Hanoi, Vietnam.  Paul is also an experienced photography tutor and has been leading photography holidays for over 10 years. He started out as a landscape photographer but says "One of the compelling facets of photography is the diverse range of genres that we are able to give our attention to. I have always enjoyed the challenge of wildlife photography, particularly attempting to photograph birds in flight. More recently, much of my photography has been travel based and here the challenge is to portray the emotion of the subject or to tell a story. One common thread through these genres is that the timing of the shot is critical - a fleeting moment of light in the landscape, a moment of animal behaviour or the flash of emotion on a person’s face".

What the judges thought....

These images immediately caught the judge’s eye. The wonderful, graphic quality makes them striking, enhanced by minimal splashes of colour. They bring together all four elements of design - line, shape, colour and texture - in beautiful compositions which give a captivating insight into life within these Indian buildings.

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Runner Up — Stuart Dunn, UK

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Highly Commended — Katy Gomez López, Spain

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Commended — Honghui Zhu, China

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - CELEBRATION OF HUMANITY

Winner — Ana Abrao, Portugal

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Special Mention — Somraj Sahu, India

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Special Mention — Charlie Clift, UK

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Special Mention — Trevor Cole, UK

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Special Mention — Gavin Gough, UK

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Natural World Portfolio - EARTH & CLIMATE

Winner — Katherine Keates, Canada

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Katherine Keates is a Canadian freelance writer and predominantly amateur photographer. Her love of photography has led her to explore many avenues within the art and craft of photography. She strives to present a unique vision and apply an artistic and emotional approach to her work. Self-taught, she has been photographing for over 30 years and has reaped the benefits of having numerous mentors along the way. Camera clubs, evaluation groups and other photographic organizations have always kept her inspired.  Sharing ideas, knowledge and experiences with others is what has, over the years, helped her grow and to discover who she is as a photographer. Happiest when discovering the world around her through the lens of her camera, she is in constant search of the magic and meaning in the visual landscape.

What the judges thought....

Katherine's images are exquisitely simple and delicate, and also trick the viewer with regards to scale and perspective. Several of them look like drone shots but all were in fact photographed with her feet firmly on the ground.

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Runner Up — Mauro Tronto, Italy

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Highly Commended — Thomas Kalak, Germany

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Commended — Dani Salvà, Spain

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - EARTH & CLIMATE

Winner — Stephen King, Hong Kong

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Special Mention — Duncan Phillips, UK

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Special Mention — Roie Galltz, Israel

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Special Mention — Mauro Tronto, Italy

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Special Mention — Joel Santos, Portugal

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Special Mention — Tim Bird, Finland/UK

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Special Mention — Joel Santos, Portugal

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Special Mention — Luca Bracali, Italy

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Creative Travel Portfolio - TALES OF ADVENTURE

Winner — Emiliano Pinnizzotto, Italy

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Rome-born Emiliano Pinnizzotto started taking pictures as a child. Over the years he began to direct his passion toward photo-reportage, especially in social, anthropology, and travel photography.  Traveling is his greatest passion, and he likes to convey the traditional and spiritual aspect of different people and cultures that he meets on his journeys through his photography. He always uses natural light when taking pictures, and only uses digital postproduction techniques that would also be possible in a traditional darkroom. He has exhibited his work a number of times, including at the National Ethnographic Museum 'Luigi Pigorini' in Rome.

What the judges thought....

Emiliano's poignant portfolio explores the drug riddled world of Nagaland in India. To shoot such a dramatic and powerful set of images in low light and with the air heavy with opium is an achievement which merits recognition, but to also tell such a difficult story so well is remarkable.

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Runner Up — Wenbin Gong, China

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Highly Commended — Emmanuel Rondeau, France

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Highly Commended — Pierpaolo Mittica, Italy

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Commended — Diana Buzoianu, Romania

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Best Single Image in a Portfolio - TALES OF ADVENTURE

Winner — Cezary Filew, Poland

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Special Mention — Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

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Special Mention — Suwandi Chandra, Indonesia

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Special Mention — Shenghua Yang, China

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Special Mention — Xinghui Ma, China

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One Shot - PRIMARY COLOURS

Winner — Wendy Timmermans, Netherlands

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Wendy Timmermans was born and raised in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. From a young age she had a strong connection with water, and was a competitive swimmer during her childhood. In 2007 during a trip in Asia she discovered freediving, a sport in which one dives down into the deep purely on one breath only, and decided to try it. She instantly got hooked and followed her dreams. She had been working as a Health Care Manager and physiotherapist but became a freediving instructor trainer, set many national records and was Freediving Vice World Champion in 2011. Through her love for water she also discovered her passion for photography, and started taking underwater images about 10 years ago.  Later on, she became more interested in the human interaction with the underwater environment. Today she is a semi-professional photographer. "For underwater photography, freediving gives me the perfect tool to move around freely, use the eye and improvise. I feel passionate about creating underwater images with natural means only; natural light and on one breath. In the water, light beams have always hypnotized me and give much inspiration to me."

What the judges thought....

Wendy's amazing shot is both graphic and beautiful. To capture this while freediving is quite an achievement!

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Runner Up — Chaoyang Cai, China

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Highly Commended — Enrico Villa, Portugal

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Commended — Jinyi Zhang, China

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Commended — Guixiang Huang, China

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One Shot - FOOD - FLAVOURS OF THE WORLD

Winner — Jianhui Liao, China

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Jianhui Liao  is a member of the Chinese Photographers Association and the American Photographers Aassociation. In 2008, he began to pay particular attention in his work to ecology  and to how people make a living. He has published a number of photographic books and exhibited internationally.

What the judges thought....

There is a real sense of occasion in Jianhui's photograph. You can taste the food, smell the food, hear the conversations and immerse yourself in the event.

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Runner Up — Marina Spironetti, Italy

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Highly Commended — Martin Siering, Germany

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Commended — Tessa Bunney, UK

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One Shot - WILDLIFE, SEALIFE

Winner — Johan Siggesson, Sweden

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Johan Siggesson is a semi-professional wildlife and nature photographer from Sweden who now lives on the small Mediterranean island of Malta. From an early age he was passionate about animals and the natural world. Before Animal Planet, Nat Geo Wild and the likes, Johan was always glued in front of the weekly nature programme on Swedish state television. No matter if it was lions in Africa, wolves in Yellowstone or polar bears in Svalbard, he practically grew up with Sir David Attenborough’s voice at the back of his head. "I really strive for the simple and clear images where the viewer in some way can connect with the animals depicted.  I try to evoke some kind of emotion. Which emotion is really secondary, as long as the  image doesn't have a specific purpose. I believe that if any kind of emotion is triggered I have succeeded in telling a short story with my work and people would look at and remember that image that little bit longer."

What the judges thought....

What a clever image! Snow monkeys have been photographed so often, it’s hard to find a different approach. Johan has captured a scene in which the monkey looks like a mysterious half-human creature emerging from the deep. The detail in the hand is fascinating.

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Runner Up — Katy Laveck Foster, USA

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Highly Commended — Panos Laskarakis, Greece

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Commended — Laura Storm, UK

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New Talent Portfolio - DESTINATION

Winner — Alexandre Zindy, France

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Alexandre Zindy grew up in the suburbs of Paris. His thirst for travel, open spaces and wildlife was such that he took every opportunity to travel the globe. He went to more than sixty countries, and photography became not only a passion but something he wanted to make a living from. In 2014 he met Liza Bodt, a photography graduate from the Ecole Nationale Supérieur Louis Lumière, and with her help and advice he started to build a career in photography, and is now semi-professional. Alexandre and Liza returned from a year-long road trip in North America in the summer of 2017 and are currently working on different projects including a web-documentary on the North American Wild West.

What the judges thought....

Alexandre’s passion for the gorillas of Africa has been condensed into a beautiful, subtley-shot visual story that encompasses three countries with a single, common message. There is a delicacy here that is captivating and poignant.

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Runner Up — Tom Stahl, USA

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Highly Commended — Oscar Tarneberg, UK

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Commended — Alexey Suloev, Russia

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Smart Shot - iTRAVELLED

Winner — Pia Vachha, Netherlands

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Indian-born Pia Vachha now lives in London, UK. A wanderer at heart, she's happiest when travelling (or when planning her next trip). Food, wine, yoga and photography - all made better with a dose of sunshine - also feature prominently. Pia has been fortunate enough to travel extensively for both work (finance) and pleasure. Photography allows her to share her experiences with family and friends. She describes herself as "very much an amateur photographer", and started in photography with a point-&-shoot on a trip to Hong Kong 12 years ago. A few years later, she wanted to learn the technicalities and, somewhat on a whim, signed up for a class with a well-known New York photographer. Having spoken to his assistant a few days prior, she was advised it was probably wiser to actually turn up with a DSLR – so, off she went to purchase her first and only DSLR, which she has been using ever since.

What the judges thought....

The detail in Pia's shot just makes you want to keep on exploring the scene. It is full of subtle humour - a wealth of information for the viewer, all captured on an iPhone.

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Runner Up — Deborah Jordan, South Africa

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Highly Commended — Barry Mayes, UK

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Commended — Stephen King, Hong Kong

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Commended — Connor Hawke, USA

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Thank you from Travel Photographer of the Year 2017

We would like to thank all the many photographers who entered TPOTY 2017. 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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