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2020 Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards Winners Announced

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

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OVERALL WINNER - THE TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2020. VLADIMIR ALEKSEEV, RUSSIA

 

From majestic landscapes and intriguing night-time views beneath the ocean's surface to harrowing reportage of life under siege in Syria and glimpses of cultures across the world, the winning images in the 2020 global Travel Photographer of the Year competition (TPOTY) present a fascinating view of life on our planet, at a time in which travel is so difficult – if not impossible – for so many of us. The COVID pandemic inevitably had an impact, with some entrants submitting images taken close to home during the lockdown, while others photographed countries in which they had unexpectedly found themselves stranded as temporary long-term residents.
 
The global spread of the awards – about to embark on their 19th year - can be seen in the fact that almost 25,000 images were submitted from photographers in 147 countries, with Vladimir Alekseev becoming TPOTY’s first-ever Russian overall winner. 
 
Vladimir Alekseev’s vibrant images are a glorious mixture of landscapes, wildlife and people, showcasing the diversity of skill possessed by the Russian photographer, and making him a very worthy recipient of the title Travel Photographer of the Year 2020.

 

Old city, Lahore, Pakistan

YOUNG TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2020 - INDIGO LARMOUR, IRELAND (AGE 12)


 
12-year-old Indigo Larmour from Ireland achieved the not inconsiderable feat of winning Young Travel Photographer of the Year for the second year running, with a beautifully composed, atmospheric black and white portfolio from the streets of Lahore, Pakistan. The 17-year-old American Ben Skaar was well rewarded for the nights spent in his car and the subsequent early mornings in order to capture the magnificent autumn foliage in New Hampshire – he won Young Travel Photographer of the Year 15-18. And Miguel Sánchez García, age 11, became the first Spaniard to win Young Travel Photographer of Year 14 and Under.
 
An unusual and beautiful portfolio of trees in a blizzard, a very rare event in his native Sardinia, secured first place in the Landscapes and Earth Elements category for Alessandro Carboni, while James Smart’s image of a ‘drill bit’ tornado touching down in Colorado won the Best Single Image award in this category.

 

Winner: Best Single Image in Nature, Sealife, Wildlife. Pavlos Evangelidis, Greece

Winner: Best Single Image in Nature, Sealife, Wildlife. Pavlos Evangelidis, Greece


 
Austrian Marco Steiner won Nature, Sealife, Wildlife with images of sea creatures taken during blackwater dives, and the underwater theme continued with the Best Single Image - Greek photographer Pavlos Evangelidis’ shot of bright yellow pilot fish keeping company with a lemon shark.
 
The People of the World category was won by a remarkable young photographer. Born in Syria in 2001, Mouneb Taim started working as a photographer while still a child living under siege, sending his work to international agencies. His images of the devastation wrought on the inhabitants of Douma have immense power and tell a very important story. The award for Best Single Image went to Belgian photographer Eddy Verloes for his photograph of Orthodox Jews taking their daily exercise on the beach during lockdown.

 

WINNER, BEST SINGLE IMAGE IN A TRAVEL PORTFOLIO: Paul Sansome, UK

WINNER, BEST SINGLE IMAGE IN A TRAVEL PORTFOLIO: Paul Sansome, UK


 
Spanish photographer Jordi Cohen won the eight-image Travel portfolio category with a sombre black and white portfolio depicting human life and culture in India, Israel, Haiti, Romania and Spain while, in complete contrast was Best Single Image winner Paul Sansome’s whimsical and colourful shot from Hanoi, Vietnam.
 
In the single image categories, Italian Pier Luigi Dodi won the lockdown-inspired Close to Home category with an intimate portrait of a woman blowing bubbles for her young son – our small life in bubbles, and the British photographer Peter Walmsley won Colours of Life with a vibrant view of a flower market in Bangalore, India. Another British photographer – David Newton – won the Islands category with an aerial image from Taiwan, and another drone shot - Mark Anthony Agtay’s picture of a beach in his native Philippines – won the Solitude category. Azim Khan Ronnie from Bangladesh won the SmartShot iTravelled category with his image of people at prayer in a vast mosque in Dhaka. Finally, Portuguese veterinarian Jorge Bacelar won the public vote - the People's Choice award - for his tender portrait of a farmer with a goat.

 

iTRAVELLED – PHONE/TABLET SINGLE IMAGE CATEGORY WINNER: Azim Khan Ronnie, Bangladesh

iTRAVELLED – PHONE/TABLET SINGLE IMAGE CATEGORY WINNER: Azim Khan Ronnie, Bangladesh


 
This year Travel Photographer of the Year also included a video category, for films up to two minutes in length. The British photographer Jonathan Stokes won this category with a brooding depiction of the wild Welsh landscape.

 

The winning shots - which can all be viewed in the online Winners’ Gallery on tpoty.com - will go on display in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London, in May and in other TPOTY exhibitions, including Chester Cathedral, during 2021. To see who won 2019's competition, have a read of our TPOTY 2019 news story.

 

NATURE, SEALIFE, WILDLIFE PORTFOLIO SINGLE IMAGES SPECIAL MENTION: Joshua Holko, Australia

NATURE, SEALIFE, WILDLIFE PORTFOLIO SINGLE IMAGES SPECIAL MENTION: Joshua Holko, Australia

 

ONE SHOT – SOLITUDE COMMENDED Irene Becker, Hungary

ONE SHOT – SOLITUDE COMMENDED Irene Becker, Hungary

 

ONE SHOT – CLOSE TO HOME WINNER: Pier Luigi Dodi, Italy

ONE SHOT – CLOSE TO HOME WINNER: Pier Luigi Dodi, Italy

 

ONE SHOT - ISLANDS WINNER: David Newton, UK

ONE SHOT - ISLANDS WINNER: David Newton, UK

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