TPOTY 2018 winners announced

17 December 2018


The winners of the 2018 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been revealed.


Amateur and professional photographers from 142 countries submitted over 20,000 images, and 22 countries featured amongst the winners. A range of equipment was used by those who entered from high-end professional cameras to mobile phones. To date, the oldest entrant has been 88 years old, the youngest just five.


The top prize and title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 was awarded to Stefano Pensotti, a semi-professional photographer from Italy, with eight superb images that showcase life around the globe.


Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 was awarded to 14-year-old American Isabella Smith for her colourful portfolio of photographs taken in Chefchaouen, Morocco. 12-year-old Daniel Kurian (Australia/India) won Young TPOTY 14 and Under, while 16-year-old Fardin Oyan from Bangladesh took top honours in the Young TPOTY 15-18 age group.


There were also a number of portfolio categories which included many diverse and powerful images.


Winning photographs from this year’s awards will be exhibited in Spring 2019 at a free-to-view outdoor exhibition in an iconic British location at London Bridge City, opposite the Tower of London and close to London Bridge, and at TPOTY exhibitions internationally. These include the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah and Dubai.

The Royal Photographic Society is an official supporter of the competition.

Top image and this image both by Stefano Pensotti. Overall Winner, Travel Photographer of the Year 2018. Top: Széchenyi Baths in Hungary, built in 1913, is the most popular the inhabitants of Budapest who come here to relax with friends. Above: Walking through the fortified historic town of Harar Jugol in Ethiopia, considered the fourth holiest city in Islam. Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF24m, f/1.4L USM lens, f16, 1/100s, ISO 800.


By Oscar Tarneberg. Commended Beauty of Light Single Image Category. Shanghai, China. This is a famous highway intersection in Shanghai where two of the city’s core arteries meet. DJI Mavic Pro, 4.73mm lens (23mm equivalent), f2.2, 0.8s, ISO 100.

By Matjaz Krivic. Winner, Travel Portfolio. Bani, Burkina, Faso. Kids playing on the main minaret of the Grand Mosque in Bani during Eid al-Fitr. Canon EOS 5D Mk II, 24mm lens, f2.8, 1/8000s, ISO 400.

By Mauro di Bettio. Commended Travel Portfolio. Verges, Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Verges, a small town in Catalonia, is famous all over the world for the celebrations of the Dansa de la Mort that is celebrated on every Holy Thursday. Canon 5D MkIII, 35mm lens, f1.4, 1/100s, ISO 5000.

By Marsel van Oosten. Special Mention in the Travel Category. Bemaraha NP, Madagascar. 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. Nikon Z7, 14- 24mm lens, f11, 4s, ISO 400.

Visit the website to see more winning entries here

Pilgrimage of Millions of People 
By Qinghua Shui