National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 | Wallpapers

Editors’ favorite submissions to the photo contest.

Sugar And Gum Drops
Photo and caption by The Scenic Suitcase
The colorful streets of Bo Kaap weren’t always this way. The facades were once mandated to be a drab, uniform color during Apartheid. After Apartheid ended, the residents painted their homes every color of the rainbow to celebrate their freedom. Visiting Bo Kaap during the intense mid-day sunlight, the houses were so brightly colored it was almost blinding!
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Sharks City
Photo and caption by Marc Henauer
The Bahamas is home to one of the largest shark communities in the world. Far from the preconceived ideas, diving with these animals presents almost no risk. In the natural state, man is not a prey for the shark, it is even rather fearful and it is not so easy to be able to approach them so close. South of Nassau, the environment to observe them is extraordinary with large wrecks laid on a background of white sand in translucent water.
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Sensual Sands
Photo and caption by Nikohl Starr
Coastal regions of the Namib are frequently enveloped in a thick belt of fog developing offshore from a collision of the cold Benguela Current and warm air from the Hadley Cell. So as the helicopter took off that morning, I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t see much of the coast. As luck would have it, pockets of sun were able to penetrate the dense fog and illuminate the dunes below, casting intense dark shadows. The results were incredibly sensual and complex images that looked otherworldly.
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Blue pond in early winter
Photo and caption by Mac So
Blue pond in early winter. In Biei, Hokkaido, Japan.
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Rhino Silhouette
Photo and caption by Khai Chuin Sim
Took an early ride out from the camp in Masai Mara national park, searching for the great migration, where I saw a rhino from far away standing beside a tree. The back lit from the early sun was too strong, so I took a silhouette instead.
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Travel Photographer of the Year 2018
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Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition goes on Tour | Britain’s Busiest Stations Play Host

Throughout the spring, some of the country’s biggest railway stations will host an exhibition of photographs from the Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. The first venue outside Britain’s capital will be Edinburgh Waverley, where the exhibition opens on March 14th and stays until the end of the month before moving on to Leeds, Manchester & Birmingham. More than 55 beautiful photographs, from the current Awards book, ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year – Collection 11’, will be on display and all the main winners of the competition are included. From romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands to the sand dunes of England’s South Coast, the photographs show some of Britain’s best landscapes through the eyes of their very talented creators. Commuters and leisure travellers alike will be able to take a moment from their busy lives and enjoy an escape to the country.

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017
Benjamin Graham – Diminutive Dune, West Wittering, West Sussex, England
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Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017
Andrew Bulloch – Skatepark under the Northern Lights, Musselburgh, Scotland
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The VisitBritain ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ Award – Winner
Graham Niven – Dawn patrol, Loch Garten, Cairngorms, Scotland
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Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award – Winner
Jon Martin – The 08.52 from Barmouth, Gwynedd, Wales
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Adult Classic view – Winner
Rachael Talibart – Fire Within, Birling Gap, East Sussex, England
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The Sunday Times Magazine Award – Winner
Julian Eales – Poppies in a field of linseed, Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire Border, England
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Adult Living the view – Winner
Paul Fowles – Alone against the torrent, Elan Valley, Mid Wales
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The Fujifilm Print Prize – Winner
Mark Cornick – Architectural detail, London, England
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The VisitBritain ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ Award – Highly commended
Matt Cooper – Brighton Pier from above at sunrise, East Sussex, England
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Black and White Competition | International Garden Photographer of the Year

Winners, finalists and more from the Black and White Competition

1st place
Michael Hudson
‘Ancient Oak Tree’
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2nd place
Lotte Grønkjær-Funch
‘Twice the Same’
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3rd place
Marcio Cabral
‘Cerrado Sunset’
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Finalist
Regina Helena Raso Bastos
‘Mirror’
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Highly Commended
Lotte Grønkjær-Funch
‘Physalis alkekengi’
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Black and White Competition
International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 11
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International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 11

Cerrado Sunrise, the Winner of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 11, by Marcio Cabral

A huge thank you and congratulations to all of our winning photographers who have once again captured the incredible beauty, diversity and importance of plant life, from the wilds of Patagonia to the English country garden. A special congratulations goes to Marcio Cabral, of Brasilia, Brazil, who is the overall winner and the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 11.
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The Beauty of Plants
Finalist
‘Rainbow’ by Stephen Moore
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Trees, Woods & Forests
1st place
‘Autumn in Padley Gorge’ by Dave Fieldhouse
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Wildlife in the Garden
Finalist
‘I See You’ by Wei Fu
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Greening the City
3rd place
‘Self-Reflection’ by Yingting Shih
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International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 11
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Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2017

Outdoor Photographer Of The Year Competition Category Winners Revealed

View from Above
Tom Sweetman (United Kingdom)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
It was just before sunset in Chiang Mai and I decided to ride my scooter alongside the famous Ping River. As I was approaching a bridge I stopped to take a break and noticed that it was a motorbike bridge for locals, connecting two villages. I took this aerial photograph with my drone to document the incredible patterns in the river and the locals crossing the bridge on their scooters. Some days you just capture the moment.
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Light on the Land
Simon Baxter
North Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
I originally captured a similar scene to this during a flurry of unexpected snow in April 2016. It’s typically the first spot I come to when exploring this private woodland, and I couldn’t help but capture it again when I was treated to these wonderful – but rare – conditions of mist with a hint of warm light as the morning sun tried to break through. The combination of the damp cobwebs, fallen birch, dominant old pine and the soft light filling this atmospheric and shallow valley makes it a favourite spot of mine for solitude.
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Wildlife Insight
Jose Fragozo (Portugal)
Nairobi National Park, Kenya
This image shows two giraffes and three impalas in the rain in the forest region of Nairobi National Park, Kenya, which is also home to the Athi lion pride. I have observed these lions hunting many times in the rain, which possibly explains why different species of preyed animals stay together; it’s a defence mechanism, so they can collectively sense predators better. In this case, however, the lions were far away. The photo was taken from inside a 4×4 vehicle, and the major challenge was keeping the camera and lens dry.
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Spirit of Travel
Andy Holliman (United Kingdom)
Kangerlussuaq airport, Greenland.
Kangerlussuaq airport is the largest airport in Greenland, so it is not only a busy hub for domestic flights, but also the main arrival point for international travellers. Air Greenland has a near monopoly on flights, so almost everything is in the company’s bright red colours. It was the simple colour palette of this scene that appealed to me, including the signposts that are apparently directing the planes to their destinations. My departure had been delayed by three days due to bad weather on the coast, so seeing the arrival of the plane that would return me to Copenhagen was welcome. It may not look that way, but the end of winter was near and within weeks the snow would have cleared.
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Under Exposed
Saeed Rashid (United Kingdom)
Sohal surgeonfish, Fury Shoals, Red Sea, Egypt
In the summer months, sohal surgeonfish tend to mate and lay eggs on the top of the reefs in the Red Sea. They fiercely defend their egg patch and rush upon anything that invades that area. They will often swipe their tail, which has a bony protrusion sticking from it that can be as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, towards the intruder. Because of this you need to make sure you don’t get too close as a photographer’s hands make a very easy target and often get cut.
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Outdoor Photographer Of The Year Competition Category Winners
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Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018

See the superb winning pictures from our prestigious competition.
From thousands of entries from all over the world, the judges of the Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018 were faced with the difficult task of choosing the three winning images.

First Prize – Rachael Talibart
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Second Prize – Eduardo López Moreno
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Third Prize – Aqua Lin
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and some of the best pictures from our prestigious competition…

Gary Jones
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Andi Abdul Halil
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Black+White Photographer of the Year 2018
See all the winners and a selection of other entries in the February issue of Black+White Photography magazine – out now.
More of the judges’ favourite pictures are available on the app edition of this magazine.

Travel Photographer of the Year | 2017 Awards | 15th Anniversary Winners Announced

The premier travel photography awards – Your showcase to the world
The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY)® photo competition is run by photographers for photographers. Wherever you live in the world and whether you are amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old – TPOTY is for you!
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Best Single Image in a Portfolio – Celebration of Humanity
Winner — Ana Abrao, Portugal
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One Shot – Primary Colours
Winner — Wendy Timmermans, Netherlands
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Smart Shot – iTravelled
Winner — Pia Vachha, Netherlands
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New Talent Portfolio – Destination
Runner Up — Tom Stahl, USA
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Best Single Image in a Portfolio – Earth & Climate
Special Mention — Joel Santos, Portugal
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Natural World Portfolio – Earth & Climate
Winner — Katherine Keates, Canada
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One Shot – Wildlife, Sealife
Winner — Johan Siggesson, Sweden
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The Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 contest has had another fantastic and wonderfully diverse set of photographs and photographic travel stories celebrating the humanity, landscape, environment and wildlife of this planet. More than 20,000 images were submitted by photographers in 129 countries. A full gallery of all 140 of the winning, runner-up, commended and special mention images can be seen on the awards’ website. The winning images will go on show in exhibitions in the UK and elsewhere during 2018 and will be published in the next Travel Photographer of the Year book, Journey Ten.

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