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The jury of the Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have just announced their winners, and they perfectly portray the beautiful diversity of our colorful world. Photographers from 142 countries submitted more than 20,000 entrants to the competition, but only one took home the grand prize. Stefano Pensottias was named the Travel Photographer of the Year for his stunning portfolio of eight photographs, depicting how ordinary citizens engaged with their surroundings across several different continents. Scroll down to check out the rest of the winners.


“The Grand Tsingys are a rare geological phenomena. The rocks are razor sharp. I climbed up during the night to be able to photograph this climber in the early morning.” (Travel – Special Mention, Marsel Van Oosten, Netherlands)

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“This really grabbed my attention! I thought this local boy using oranges as balls, was the opposite of kids in my country playing with expensive toys.” (Young Travel Photographer Of The Year, Winner, Isabella Smith, United States)


A boy stands among the copper bracelets worn by the Suri women. (Faces, People, Cultures – Winner, Best Single Image, Danny Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia)


“When I created this picture – a lot of people asking me if this is a wolf. And of course a swiss white shepherd has a lot of wolf in it. It was the reason for me to buy me a dog like this. He’s not a typical pet, he has the majesty of a wolf and of course he has a lot of it’s character!” (Travel – Special Mention, Sylvia Michel, Switzerland)


Prayer time in one of little temples in the plain of Bagan—a young girl stops on her way to school. (Travel Photographer Of The Year, Overall Winner, Stefano Pensotti, Italy)


“Albinism is more common in sub- Saharan Africa than in other parts of the world. Education about the disorder is needed to break through centuries of superstitions, especially in rural areas.” (Faces, People, Cultures, Winner, Marinka Masséus, Netherlands)


“The ‘chum’-the Nenets’ dwelling -is as mobile as they are. It consists of long sticks, and stitched reindeer skins stretched over it” (Faces, People, Cultures – Special Mention, Vladimir Alekseev, Russian Federation)


“Taj and Akash travel every day from station to station with their mother, begging to make a living.” (Travel, Highly Commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy)


“Széchenyi Baths, built in 1913, is the most popular the inhabitants of Budapest who come here to relax with friends” (Travel Photographer Of The Year, Overall Winner, Stefano Pensotti, Italy)


“Snow seldom lays for long in London, but when it does, people make snowmen all around the city” (Hot/Cold, Runner-Up, Philip Lee Harvey, United Kingdom)


“This photo was taken on a stormy day when a father threw a towel toward his son to see how hard the wind was blowing.” (Smart Shot, Commended, Josien Van Geffen, Netherlands)


Natural World, special Mention, Roie Galitz, Israel


Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia


Travel, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic


Travel, Special Mention, Yingting Shih, Taiwan


Hot/Cold, Runner-Up, Andrew James, United Kingdom


“Lava from the Kilauea Volcano flows into the ocean.” (Hot/Cold, Commended, Stephen King, Hong Kong)


“Dusky Dolphins travel together in great numbers in the deep canyons of the Kaikoura in search of food.” (Tranquillity, Highly Commended, Scott Portelli, Australia)


Natural World – Commended, Ignacio Palacios, Spain


Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia


Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia


Travel, Highly Commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy


New Talent, Festivals & Events, Runner-Up, Diana Buzioanu, Romania


“Our trip to Mauritius in was accompanied by Cyclone Berguitta, causing stress and drama to everyone on the island. We escaped from the stormy beaches to explore the markets of Port Louis, including the Fish Market.” (Smart Shot, Winner, Nicola Young, United Kingdom)


Young TPOTY 15-18, Winner, Fardin Oyan, 16yo, Bangladesh


Faces, People, Cultures – Special Mention, Adriaan Devillé, Belgium


Natural World, Special Mention, Petar Sabol, Croatia


Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia


Travel, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic


Travel, Highly Commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy


Travel – Special Mention, Paul Sansome, United Kingdom


Beauty Of Light, Highly Commended, Zhenzheng Hu, China


Beauty Of Light, Highly Commended, Edward Graham, United States


Hot/Cold, Highly Commended, Souvik Dutta, India


Hot/Cold, Highly Commended, Joshua Holko, Australia


New Talent, Festivals & Events – Winner, Jose Antonio Rosas, Peru


Travel Photographer Of The Year, Overall Winner, Stefano Pensotti, Italy


“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.” (Faces, People, Cultures, Highly Commended, Tariq Zaidi, United Kingdom)


Faces, People, Culture – Special Mention, Ben Mcrae, Australia


Natural World – Highly Commended, Marsel Van Oosten, Netherlands


“Onno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe.” (Matjaz Krivic)


Trave, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic


“Char Kaliganj in Dhaka, slum and home to one of the largest shipyards of Asia. A city made by giant skeletons of old ships which employ around 15 thousands souls that work to both break down massive shipping vessels as well as create new ships from the parts. The age of laborers ranges from 8 to 80 and they all work together. The work is hard, crude, dirty and dangerous but it gives thousands of them employment and wages to feed their families.” (Travel, Highly Commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy)


Faces, People, Cultures, Highly Commended, Sue O’connell, United Kingdom


Faces, People, Cultures – Special Mention, Robin Yong, Malaysia


Natural World – Runner-Up, Fuyang Zhou, China


Natural World, Special Mention, Antwan Janssen, Netherlands


Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia


Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia


Travel, Highly Commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy


Travel, Highly Commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy


Travel, Special Mention, Louis Montrose, United States


Travel Photographer Of The Year, Overall Winner, Stefano Pensotti, Italy


Faces, People, Cultures – Special Mention, Edmond Terakopian, United Kingdom


“A moray eel that found a night shelter inside the shell of what used to be a giant clam. While I was diving at night, I have encountered numerous moray eels. This specific one was particularly intriguing since it found a surprising temporary home for a few nights. This photo is part of an ongoing project documenting the nocturnal behavior of many coral reef dwellers.” (Natural World, Special Mention, Tom Schlesinger, Israel)


Travel Portfolio, Winner, Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia


Travel, Highly Commended, Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic


Travel, Highly Commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy


Travel Photographer Of The Year, Overall Winner, Stefano Pensotti, Italy


Travel, Highly Commended, Mauro Di Bettio, Italy