2020 Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards Winners

From lockdown to landscapes and everything in-between… the winners of the 2020 Travel Photographer of the Year awards have been revealed.

Overall Winner – the Travel Photographer of The Year 2020: Vladimir Alekseev, Russia

Location: Svalbard
Artist Statement: Once on my expedition to Spitsbergen, there was a blizzard. Everything around was equally white. And suddenly I spotted this Arctic fox. He almost merged with the environment. Only his eyes and nose betrayed him.
Gear and Specs: Canon 5D Mark III, 60-600mm lens, F9, 1/320 sec, ISO 640 Continue reading »

Amazing Photos That Won The 2018 Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards

The jury of the Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have just announced their winners, and they perfectly portray the beautiful diversity of our colorful world. Photographers from 142 countries submitted more than 20,000 entrants to the competition, but only one took home the grand prize. Stefano Pensottias was named the Travel Photographer of the Year for his stunning portfolio of eight photographs, depicting how ordinary citizens engaged with their surroundings across several different continents. Scroll down to check out the rest of the winners.


“The Grand Tsingys are a rare geological phenomena. The rocks are razor sharp. I climbed up during the night to be able to photograph this climber in the early morning.” (Travel – Special Mention, Marsel Van Oosten, Netherlands) Continue reading »

2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Winners


Grand Prize Winner: Mermaid. “This calf was always with mom. A curious calf sometimes came to us. I was fortunate to have encountered a humpback whale with her calf on my first day snorkeling near Japan’s Kumejima Island. Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us – it was very friendly and curious. Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and it’s very energetic, large, and beautiful tail”. (Photo by Reiko Takahashi/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

Stuning Entries For The 2018 Nat Geo Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest


“Coordillera”. “After this shot, I have been traveling the same route several times. I could not see the landscape I saw when I shot this picture again. That morning the light and shadows over the coordillera were just perfect. The moment I had to shoot this series will remain in my memory as a special gift from nature”. (Photo by Karsten Hoenack/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

2018 Nat Geo Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest: People


“It is the oldest traditional fireworks in Japan. The event is a ritual worshiping god. These hand tube fireworks use 3kg of gunpowder and all of the fireworks are handmade by the festival participants. Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture is the birthplace of hand-held fireworks”. (Photo by Hidenobu Suzuki/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

Travel Photographer Captures Striking Images Of Tiny People In Big Places

Over the years of shooting landscapes, British photographer Daniel Alford realised that his favourite images were composed of people dwarfed by vast landscapes. His series Tiny People in Big Places is a homage to this photographic approach, a visual narrative that highlights the importance of how humans interact with the natural world. Continue reading »

Winners Of The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year

A photograph of an erupting volcano hit by a bolt of lightning has earned Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico the prestigious title of 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Velasco will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions, as well as a $2500 prize. Velasco’s incredible photo was selected from over 15,000 entries from participants in more than 30 countries.

The power of nature – Grand Prize and 1st Prize Nature Category

Powerful eruption of Colima Volcano in Mexico on December 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, friction of ash particles generated a big lightning of about 600 meters that connected ash and volcano, and illuminated most of the dark scene. On last part of 2015, this volcano showed a lot of eruptive activity with ash explosions that raised 2-3 km above the crater. Most of night explosions produced incandescent rock falls and lightning not bigger than 100 meters in average. (Photo and caption by Sergio Tapiro Velasco/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »

2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year – Cities Gallery

We’re entering the final week of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest, and stunning entries continue to pour in from all over the world.

For the final gallery before the contest closes, our editors have selected incredible photos from the “Cities” category for online galleries. From aerial shots to iconic skylines, these photos feature both architectural marvels as well as the beauty of day-to-day life in the urban jungle.


The city library in Stuttgart. (Photo and caption by Norbert Fritz / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year – People

Lady Havana

Enter today for a chance to be named the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Each year, photographers around the world send National Geographic Travel gorgeous images that captivate and astonish. The judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that inspire. Continue reading »

2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year – Nature

Enter today for a chance to be named the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Each year, photographers around the world send National Geographic Travel gorgeous images that captivate and astonish. The judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that inspire.

Lost in white

This photo captures the moment that I, along with 3 other Sami reindeer herders become a little lost while migrating with 350 reindeer. They were rounded up from a section of forest around 30kms south of this point. Our goal was to take them, via rivers, northwards to pastures new using the network of rivers and lakes that flow through Sweden. This was taken on Randijaur lake, Jokkmokk, Sweden. (Adam Cunningham-White/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year 2016 Winners

The annual National Geographic travel photographer of the year contest attracted 10,000 entries worldwide this year. The grand prize went to Anthony Lau for his shot of a horseman in Inner Mongolia, winning him a trip to a polar bear photo safari at Churchill Wild-Seal Heritage Lodge. Here’s a selection of the winning entries.

Grand Prize
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Winter Horseman
The Winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus twenty and lower with constant breeze of snow from all direction, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. Not until I saw Inner Mongolia horsemen showing off their skills in commanding the steed from a distance, I quickly grab my telephoto lens and capture the moment when one of the horseman charged out from morning mist. (Photo and caption by Anthony Lau / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

Some Entries For 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now accepting entries. Harness the power of photography and share your stunning travel experiences from around the globe. Enter your most powerful photos for a chance to become the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Show us photos that tell the story of a place or reveal insights about what inspires you when you travel. The contest ends May 27, 2016.

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Holi Festival. Holi, India’s festival of colors, is an ancient Hindu tradition that is celebrated around the world, with the biggest and most colorful gathering taking place in the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan in India. The unifying festival is a celebration of love and the arrival of spring and includes the singing of folk songs and traditional dances. (Photo by Claudio Ceriali/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

New Entries For The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now accepting entries. Harness the power of photography and share your stunning travel experiences from around the globe. Enter your most powerful photos for a chance to become the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Show us photos that tell the story of a place or reveal insights about what inspires you when you travel. The contest ends May 27, 2016.

Eid ul Fitr Prayer
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This is a general view of Eid ul Fitr Prayer at Alamgir Mosque in Varanasi, Uttarpradesh, India. Eid prayers, also known as Salat al-Eid and Salat al-Eidain , is the special prayer offered to commemorate two Islamic festivals.This image depicts the Hindu–Muslim brotherhood exploring the dynamics of communal relations in Varanasi-a holy city of the Hindus. Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India (Photo and caption by Sirsendu Gayen / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

Travel Photographer Proves Dinosaurs Are The Key To Taking The Best Pictures

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Paraguay photographer Jorge Saenz uses classic perspective tricks to bring dinosaurs to life in his epic travel series #Dinodinaseries. His photos document the dinosaur tourists’ travels around South America, a journey that began with Dino the green Brachiosaurus in Bolivia. Continue reading »

Famous Travel Photographer David Lazar Captures Indonesia In 18 Amazing Images

Hailed as one of the finest travel photographers and portraitists in the world, David Lazar has only recently begun to explore the great diversity and cultural richness of the Indonesian Archipelago. From Borneo to East Java, Bali, Lembongan and Flores, the results are nothing less than extraordinary.

The National Geographic contributor & 2014 winner of Best in Culture at the Indonesian based Guruda International Photo Competition, David will be returning to the islands soon to lead one of his extraordinary photo tour workshops.

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Underwater Buddha, Bali. Continue reading »

Travel Photographer of the Year Contest Exhibition

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Pokot tribe, Amaya village, East Pokot, Kenya. (Photo by Roberto Nistri)
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Photographer Travels Across Russia and Captures Forgotten Artefacts Of The Post-Soviet Era

Photographer Lana Sator travels across Russia in search of abandoned places. Her Instagram dedicated to industrial tourism and Soviet architecture have already attracted an impressive audience. Continue reading »

Photographer Photoshops Her Dogs All Around The World So They Can ‘Travel’ During This Quarantine

According to Melissa Mariner: “My name is Melissa and I am the owner of Bella-Reed Photography. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been out of work with photography sessions. I am following the ‘shelter-in-place’ order and staying home to flatten the curve in the Philadelphia area. Also housebound with me are my 4 pitties: Bella Blue, Hershey, Pesto, and Nova Layne. Since we can’t travel, I decided to bring the world to my dogs! Continue reading »

Japanese Photographer Captures Stunning Images Of “Time-Traveling Samurai”

A series of stunning images recently posted by architect and photographer Atsushi Kobayashi have been trending lately, and understandably so. Representing a collaboration with traditional Japanese armor enthusiast Naga x Masa, these photos shot in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture, seem to depict a formidable warrior from the Sengoku Era (1467-1600) suddenly transported into present-day Japan. Continue reading »

Photographer Joseph Philippe Bevillard Captured The Secret Lives Of Irish Travellers Revealed In Intimate Portraits

These fascinating pictures captured over a decade show the secret lives of Irish travellers. Photographer Joseph Philippe Bevillard shares work from his ongoing series documenting these travellers’ lives through intimate portraits. Continue reading »

Photographer Travelled The World To Document Children And The Food They Eat In A Week

Photographer Gregg Segal travelled the world to document children and the food they eat in a week. Partly inspired by the increasing problems of childhood obesity, he tracked traditional regional diets as yet unaffected by globalisation, and ironically, found that the healthiest diets were often eaten by the least well off.


Meissa Ndiaye, 11, Dakar, Senegal, 2017. Ndiaye shares a single room with his dad, mum and brother in the heart of Parcelles Assainies, which means “sanitized plots”. A treeless, sandy suburb of Dakar, Parcelles Assainies was developed in the 1970s to house the poor overflowing from the city. Ndiaye, a devout Muslim and student at Quran School, loves sweet foods, such as a porridge, and goat meat, although in the week he kept a diary of his meals, he ate very little meat. (Photo by Gregg Segal/The Guardian) Continue reading »

Polish Photographer Travels Across The European Landmarks To Capture The Sadeness Beauty Of Abandoned Locations

Amazing abandoned shots by Natalia Sobańska, a talented self-taught photographer, adventurer, and urbex explorer based in Poland. Natalia focuses mainly on abandoned and architecture photography. She travelled all over Poland, Montenegro, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Abkhazia, Georgia, and other countries to capture the beauty of lost places. Continue reading »

3-Year-Old Bull Terrier Travels The World With Dutch Photographer Alice van Kempen And Poses For Photographs In Abandoned Buildings

Claire in an abandoned castle in France.
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Meet Claire, the 3-year-old bull terrier travels the world with Dutch photographer Alice van Kempen and poses for photographs in abandoned buildings. Van Kempen seeks out abandoned places to photograph in pursuit of her passion for urban exploring, bringing along her globetrotting pooch as her trusted companion. Continue reading »

“Out Of This World”: Photographer Egor Rogalev Visits The Museum Of Soviet Space Travel

Egor Rogalev was born in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) in 1980. He has earned degree at the Department of Journalism at the Saint Petersburg state university. Egor mixes landscape photography with street portraiture exploring how people in post-Soviet countries correspond with transformation of urban and social environment. Continue reading »

A Photographer Travels Across India To Show How Beautiful And Diverse Local People Are, And We’re Mesmerized

Magdalena Bagrianow is a Polish freelance photographer based in Sharjah, UAE. She travels across India and takes amazing shots of local people. Her photographs are the quintessence of different emotions. Magdalena catches the simple beauty of this world and it’s not possible to stay indifferent to her creative work. Continue reading »