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The outstanding winners of Travel Photographer of the Year 2018

The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards is an award for any budding photographer from amateur to expert. The organisations is managed by photographers for photographers and offer some great awards for prestigious winners.

The biggest award is the extensive exposure each photographer will receive such as books, photographer profiles and exhibitions. As well as the various media activities that TYOTY get involved in, the winning photographers will have their work showcased around the world, helping to cement established photographers careers and kick-start others. In 2016 and 2017 their tour exhibitions were seen by an outstanding 250,000 visitors. This years exhibitions have been visited by a mammoth 1.8 million people so it is a great chance for all photographers to display their talents.

Judged by experts in their field these unique awards give prestige and integrity for those that even managed to be short listed.

This years winner is Stefano Pensotti, who started talking photos when he was a child. At age 14 he began to learn the darkroom techniques and exploring the art form. It eventually led that photography was his reason for travelling. He is a semi-professional photographer who has traveled over 50 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. His images are both rich and diverse and his portfolio has earned him this years Travel Photographer of the Year award 2018.

Stefano Pensotti, overall winner.
Harar, Ethiopia: Walking through the fortified historic town of Harar Jugol, considered the fourth-holiest city in Islam.
Stefano Pensotti, overall winner.
Touba, Senegal: A member of the Baye Fall sect of Senegalese Muslims in the Great Mosque of Touba.
Stefano Pensotti, overall winner.
Badami, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India: A moment of relaxation at the entrance to a wrestling gym.
Matjaz Krivic, winner, travel portfolio.
Amritsar, India: A Sikh pilgrim takes a ritual bath in the sacred pool, known as the Amrit Sarovar, in front of the Golden Temple.
Matjaz Krivic, winner, travel portfolio.
Varanasi, India: Local boys train for a traditional Indian wrestling discipline called k ushti or p ehlwani.
Matjaz Krivic, winner, travel portfolio.
Shugruf, Yemen: Morning mist rises mystically from the valley towards the small village of Shugruf in the Haraz mountains.
Jose Antonio Rosas, winner, new talent award.
Puno, Peru: Dancers partying on the last day of the parade in honour of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the city. Held in the first fortnight of February each year, it is Peru’s biggest music and dance event.
Diana Buzoianu, runner-up, new talent award.
Comanesti, Romania: The dance of the bear, a Romanian ritual performed by participants using bells, sticks and drums to dispel malevolent spirits.
He Jian, winner, hot/cold single image category.
Gannan, China: Local Tibetan Buddhists on a pilgrimage to Labrang Monastery. Pilgrims perform prostrations along the road, taking three or five steps between each bow.
Philip Lee Harvey, winner, best single image in a travel portfolio.
Niger River, Mali, West Africa: A sand diver, who freedives to the bottom of the Niger to collect sand for the building industry.
Marsel Van Oosten, special mention, travel portfolio.
Bemaraha national park, Madagascar: An early morning climber scales the razor sharp rocks of the Grand Tsingys, the world’s largest forest of limestone needles.
Danny Yen Sin Wong, winner, single image in faces, people, cultures category.
Kibish, Ethiopia: A boy from the Suri tribe, who live in Ethiopia’s Omo valley, with women from the tribe in their long copper bracelets