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International Travel Photographer of the Year 2008

International Travel Photographer of the Year 2008 - Darran Wiggett has been named the winner of this year's International Travel Photographer of the Year award.

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Canadian photographer Darwin Wiggett has been named as the overall winner of the 2008 international Travel Photographer of the Year competition. His glorious images of Canadian landscapes were unanimously chosen by the panel of judges, winning Wiggett the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2008.  

In addition to the title, Darwin receives a Linhof 612 Technorama panoramic camera a beautiful piece of equipment, well suited to his imagery - and an Intrepid Travel trip down the Ganges River in India in 2009. He also receives Adobe CS4 Web Lightroom software, a personalised Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book, Lee Filters and a CBL Professional Color Balance Lens.

Entries were received from photographers in 61 countries, and shortlisted entrants from 33 countries went through to the final judging round. Category winners for 2008 come from Australia, Italy, the UK and USA, with photographers from Kenya, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland among the other prizewinners. The Young Travel Photographer of the Year category was won by Daniel Rooney of the UK, while Charlie Mahoney, the American photojournalist who won the TPOTY New Talent category in 2007 has returned this year to win the Life portfolio category.

This year’s judging panel included Caroline Metcalfe (Picture Editor, Conde Nast Traveller), Ian Farrell (Editor, Professional Photographer), renowned wildlife photographer and author Chris Weston, Erin Moroney (head of Axiom photographic agency), photographer and TV cameraman Jeremy Hoare, Simon Bainbridge (Editor, British Journal of Photography), photographer, author and lecturer Nick Meers, and imaging experts Mark Bannister and Terry Steeley.

Category Winners, TPOTY 2008

Young TPOTY The title of Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2008 has been awarded to 16-year old Daniel Rooney. His reward is a place on a PhotoIconic/Iridius Shoot, Edit, Print three-day photography and digital imaging course, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Premier Elements and Lightroom software, a personalised Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book, a Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium pen tablet and a CBL Professional Color Balance Lens.  Three other Young TPOTY entrants - including Daniel’s younger brother, Jordan finished in joint second place. Serge Mosesov (Russia), Jordan Rooney and Catriona Parfitt (UK) each win a 4GB Lexar Professional 300x UDMA CompactFlash card and Dual-slot USB card reader.

Call of the Wild portfolio Andrew Peacock from Australia took the honours in the Call of the Wild portfolio category, with a stunning series of black and white images of mountains and icebergs. For his prize, Andrew will join Intrepid Travel on a Gorilla Encounter in Uganda and Kenya, and receive a Wacom Intuos3 A5 Wide pen tablet, Adobe Photoshop CS4 Lightroom, a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book and a CBL Professional Color Balance Lens. Marsel Ven Oosten (Netherlands) was second, with Adam Balcy (Poland) and Simone Sbaraglia (Italy) finishing third and fourth respectively. Felix Hug (Switzerland) wins the £1,000 prize for the best individual image within a Call of the Wild portfolio, for his extraordinary shot of a probiscis monkey in a Borneo mangrove swamp

Second placed entrants in the Call of the Wild and Life portfolio categories win a 4GB Lexar Professional 300x UDMA CompactFlash card and Dual-slot USB card reader plus £250 to spend on Lee Filters, while the 3rd and 4th-placed entrants in those categories win a 4GB Lexar Professional 300x UDMA CompactFlash card and Dual-slot USB card reader.

Life portfolio Last year TPOTY featured a New Talent competition, designed to give a boost to a fledgling career in photography. The winner of that category, Charlie Mahoney (USA), has enjoyed success again this year, coming first in the Life portfolio category with his reportage-style images depicting farm life in rural Ireland. He will join Intrepid Travel on a ‘Rum and Rumba’ trip to discover the best of Cuba and receive a Wacom Cintiq 12WX Interactive Pen Display, Adobe Photoshop CS4 Lightroom software and a CBL Professional Color Balance Lens. Tessa Bunney (UK), Mani Puthuran (India/UK) and Lachlan Millard (Australia) finished second, third and fourth. Philip Lee Harvey (UK) wins the £1,000 prize for the best individual image with a Life portfolio, for his black and white image of a village elder in Uganda.

Joy of Travel portfolio Whilst there were some good images entered in this category, the judges didn't feel that any of the portfolios in their entirety conveyed the true sense of the joy of travel in images that merited the award of first prize in this category. However, three photographers were Commended. Christine Minihane (USA), Gavin Gough (UK) and Donna Connor (USA) each receive a 4GB Lexar Professional 300x UDMA CompactFlash card and Dual-slot USB card reader.

Destination Anywhere Massimo Cristaldi  became the first ever Italian winner with his entry in the one-shot category, a haunting image of Ground Zero in New York. He receives £1,000, plus  Adobe Photoshop CS4 Lightroom software and a CBL Professional Color Balance Lens. The runner-up and the 3rd and 4th-placed entrants  - Jon Crane (UK), Marsel Van Oosten (Netherlands) and Martin Smith (UK) each win a 4GB Lexar Professional 300x UDMA CompactFlash card and Dual-slot USB card reader.

First Shot, Wish You Were Here This was a new single image category for less experienced amateur photographers aged 17 and above, using basic cameras or camera phones. The ten top-scoring entrants win a place on a PhotoIconic/Iridius Shoot, Edit, Print three-day photography course, and can have a collection of their own photographs printed in a custom-designed, hardcover Pixfizz book. The winners are Tristan Hewat (Australia), Iain Blair (New Zealand), Christine Minihane (USA), Michelle Bromham (UK), Firas Abussaud (Saudi Arabia), Ron Sutton (UK), Ekaterina Ryabova (Russia), Nadia Stone (UK), Ben King (New Zealand) and Colm Hanratty (Ireland).

Winning images on show The winning images can be seen on TPOTY website and will be displayed at the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition at Focus on Imaging, Europe’s largest imaging show, in February 2009. They will also be published in the TPOTY Journey Three book.

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