The winners of the 2018 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been revealed, and they’re a glorious celebration of the beauty of this planet and its human and animal inhabitants.
The top prize and title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 is taken by Stefano Pensotti, a semi-professional photographer from Italy, with eight superb images that showcase life around the globe. He becomes the first Italian to take the top title in the 16 years since the awards first launched in 2003.
Stefano Pensotti, Bagan, Myanmar. Prayer time in one of little temples in the plain of Bagan – a young girl stops on her way to school. Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF24mm f/1.4L USM lens,f2, 1/40s, ISO 800.
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Stefano Pensotti, Salt pans of Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia. They have loaded the salt from the Dankalia open-air salt mines at -50m level. Their journey will lead them to Agula on the Ethiopian plateau at 2400m. Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF24mm f/1.4L USM lens, f14, 1/60s, ISO 800.
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Florent Mamelle, France, Winner, Best Single Image in a Natural World Portfolio. Fuego volcano, near Antigua city, Guatemala. This picture of the Fuego volcano was taken from the summit of the Acatenango volcano. At 4000m, the sky was extremely clear and the Milky Way was in the upper left corner. Nikon D810, 16- 35mm lens, f4, 20s, ISO 3200.
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Oscar Tarneberg, UK. Commended Beauty of Light Single Image Category. Shanghai, China. This is a famous highway intersection in Shanghai where two of the city’s core arteries meet. DJI Mavic Pro, 4.73mm lens (23mm equivalent), f2.2, 0.8s, ISO 100.
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Amateur and professional photographers from 142 countries submitted over 20,000 images, and photographers from 22 countries feature amongst the winners. The 2018 Winners’ Gallery on www.tpoty.com features over 150 fabulous images in a vibrant, fascinating and evocative collection of world-class contemporary travel photography shot on everything from high-end professional cameras to mobile phones.