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World of Wonder

By Daniel Lezano. Posted

It is easy to take for granted how privileged we are to be able to witness spectacular images from every part of the Earth, from the highest peaks and the remotest areas of terra ferma to the darkest depths of our oceans. The winning images from the 2019 Travel Photographer Of The Year (TPOTY) awards by amateur and professional photographers provides a fascinating, awe-inspiring and in some cases shocking insight into the world we share.

Russell Millner, UK Special Mention -
By Russell Millner, UK, /

The 2019 competition drew in over 20,000 images from 144 countries, with Katy Gomez Catalina, an amateur photographer and doctor of veterinary science from Spain, becoming the first-ever Spanish overall winner. Katy’s eight atmospheric and diverse black & white images cover a range of subjects from the Batwa people of Uganda to the esplanade of the Louvre in Paris. Eleven-year-old Indigo Larmour from Ireland became one of the youngest-ever entrants to take the Young Travel Photographer of the Year title with her portfolio depicting hands at work in India. Thirteen-year-old Daniel Kurian (India/Australia) won the 14 & Under Young TPOTY category with four images of fishermen in Kerala, while the 15-18 age group was won by 16-year-old Ankit Kumar from India with a lovely portfolio showing wildlife and landscapes in Borneo.

There was British success too, with Paul Sansome winning the Art of Travel portfolio category, while Geoff Shoults won the award for the Best Single Image in an Art of Travel portfolio. The Endangered Planet portfolio category was won by Belgian photographer Alain Schroeder for his moving images of the rescue and rehabilitation of Indonesian orangutans. Australian photographer Jason Edwards won the award for the Best Single Image in an Endangered Planet portfolio for his shocking image of the charred remains of an elephant that fell victim to poachers in Botswana. Trevor Cole won the People & Cultures portfolio, Debdatta Chakraborty from India won the award for Best Single Image in a People & Cultures portfolio, while Brian Clopp (USA) took top honours in the Thrills & Adventures portfolio category.

Paul Sansome /
By Paul Sansome /

Across the various categories, prizes including cash bursaries, Fujifilm X-T3 camera kits, Swarovski Optik binoculars, a Northern Lights and Whales sailing ship expedition with Wildfoot Travel, a TravelLight Secret Venice Immersive Photo Workshop, a place on the Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award (TAPSA) and high-end outdoor clothing from Páramo.

 Amit Eshel, Israel /
By Amit Eshel /

The winning images from the 2019 Travel Photographer of the Year awards will be on display at display from 7 April to 12 May in London's Coal Drops Yard, which is a short walk from King’s Cross station, before moving to the South Transept of Chester Cathedral in June. Once you've enjoyed our selection of images, be sure to visit to view the full collection and find further information on the exhibition and how you can enter next year's.

Will Burrard-Lucas, UK /
By Will Burrard-Lucas, UK /

Ignacio Palacios, Australia/Spain /
By Ignacio Palacios /

Trevor Cole, Ireland. Massenya, Chad /
By Trevor Cole, Ireland./

Trevor Cole  /
By Trevor Cole /

Marco Grassi, Italy /
By Marco Grassi, Italy /

Uli Kunz, Germany /
By Uli Kunz, Germany /

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