The Stunning Winners of 2018’s Travel Photographer of the Year

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A selection of some of this year’s competition highlights, which show the scope and creativity of travel photography today. Danny Yen Sin Wong/www.tpoty.com

The winners of the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards have been announced, shining a light on the year’s best travel photography from over 140 countries.

Italian photographer Stefano Pensotti was declared the overall winner for his stunning set of images from eight different countries, including Ethiopia, Georgia and Myanmar.

His photos often show observational, intimate moments from daily life, from a man taking a nap in India to a scene of religious devotion in Senegal.

Dutch photographer Marinka Masséus won the ‘Faces, People, Cultures’ category with her striking, minimalist images of Tanzanian children with albinism. “Ultimately for me, it's about connecting with people,” she said of the project. “I remember that they, for a brief moment, let me into their lives.”

Matjaz Krivic of Slovenia won the ‘Travel Portfolio’ category with his images, which mostly show daily life in Africa and the Middle East. In one, a teenage girl from the Ethiopian Arbore tribe stares into the camera with an ambivalent, shining gaze.

Other competition categories include ‘Young Travel Photographer of the Year’ and ‘Hot/Cold’. Prizes include cash bursaries, professional cameras and lenses, Arctic voyages and membership of the Royal Photographic Society. Winning images from this year’s awards will be exhibited in Spring 2019 both across London and internationally.

Travel Photographer of the Year was started in 2003 by professional photographer Chris Coe, and now receives over 20,000 entries from photographers in 22 countries.

We’ve chosen a selection of some of this year’s stunning competition highlights, which show the scope and creativity of travel photography today.

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Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Timbuktu, Mali by Stefano Pensotti, Italy
Travel Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner
In the last light of day the inhabitants of Timbuktu wash their clothes and take a shower in the port of Kabara.

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Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia by Stefano Pensotti, Italy
Travel Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner
Hay cutting in the meadows above the tower houses of Murkmeli.

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Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Salt pans of Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia by Stefano Pensotti, Italy
Travel Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner
They loaded the salt from the Dankalia open-air salt mines at -50m. Their journey will lead them to Agula on the Ethiopian plateau at 2400m.

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Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Bagan, Myanmar by Stefano Pensotti, Italy
Travel Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner
Prayer time in one of little temples in the plain of Bagan - a young girl stops on her way to school.

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Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Great Mosque of Touba, Touba, Senegal by Stefano Pensotti, Italy
Travel Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner
A member of the Baye Fall in the Touba Mosque.

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Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Budapest, Hungary by Stefano Pensotti, Italy
Travel Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner
Széchenyi Baths, built in 1913, is the most popular the inhabitants of Budapest who come here to relax with friends.

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Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Badami, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India by Stefano Pensotti, Italy
Travel Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner
A moment of relaxation in front of the entrance to a gym for wrestlers.

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Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com

Harar, Ethiopia by Stefano Pensotti, Italy
Travel Photographer of the Year - Overall Winner
Walking through the fortified historic town of Harar Jugol, considered the fourth holiest city in Islam.

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Marinka Masséus/www.tpoty.com

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by Marinka Masséus, Netherlands
Faces, People, Cultures - Winner
In Tanzania, when you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck.

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Tom Law/www.tpoty.com

Guatemala, Santa Lucía Utatlán by Tom Law, United Kingdom
Faces, People, Cultures - Runner-up
Mayan woman from Santa Lucía Utatlán, Guatemala. The designs from this region incorporate colorful geometric patterns and bird motifs.

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Tariq Zaidi/www.tpoty.com

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo by Tariq Zaidi, United Kingdom
Faces, People, Cultures - Highly commended
Elie, 45, struts his stuff in the streets of Brazzaville. He has been a Sapeur for 35 years and his elaborate outfits bring joy to himself and his community.