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2018’s Travel Photographer of the Year Winners

Newsweek logo Newsweek 12/14/2018 Eve Watling
a person wearing a costume: 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 A selection of some of this year's competition highlights, which show the scope and creativity of travel photography today.

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.

a group of people on a beach near a body of water: 1-TPOTY-2018-Win1-SPensotti © Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com 1-TPOTY-2018-Win1-SPensotti

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

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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.

a flock of birds standing on top of a sandy beach: 3-TPOTY-2018-Win3-SPensotti © Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com 3-TPOTY-2018-Win3-SPensotti

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.”

a person standing in front of a building: 4-TPOTY-2018-Win4-SPensotti © Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com 4-TPOTY-2018-Win4-SPensotti

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.

a man standing in front of a building: 5-TPOTY-2018-Win5-SPensotti © Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com 5-TPOTY-2018-Win5-SPensotti

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.

a group of people swimming in a pool of water: 6-TPOTY-2018-Win6-SPensotti © Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com 6-TPOTY-2018-Win6-SPensotti

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.

a painting of a person: 7-TPOTY-2018-Win7-SPensotti © Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com 7-TPOTY-2018-Win7-SPensotti

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

a person posing for the camera: 8-TPOTY-2018-Win8-SPensotti

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© Stefano Pensotti/www.tpoty.com
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