PICS: The winners of this travel photo competition will make you want to hone your snap game

2018-12-27 12:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Few things inspire you to travel as much as an amazingly composed photo. 

And these winning photographers will not only give your feet the itch but also make you want to take photos just like them.

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The Travel Photographer of the Year competition has been going strong since 2003, last year getting entries from 129 countries.

The categories include the main title, best youth winners, 'Faces, People and Cultures', 'Natural World', best travel portfolio, 'Hot/Cold', festivals and events and smartphone photos.

These photos not only explore landscapes and destinations, but also the people, cultures and animals that help shape a traveller's story and memories.

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Gliding through these photos is like gliding through the hidden parts of the world.

Travel Photographer of the Year

Stefano Pensotti from Italy - he does reportage photography as a semi-professional and has travelled to over 50 countries around the world.

Young Travel Photographer of the Year

Isabella Smith from the United States is only 14 years old with ADD and some dyslexia, and finds expressing herself through photos easier than with words.

14 and under

Daniel Kurian hails from Australia and is only 12 years old. His passion for photography was kickstarted by an enthusiastic teacher.

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15-18 years old

Sixteen-year-old Fardin Oyan from Bangladesh describes his first camera as 'a magical box'.

Faces, People, Culture

Marinka Masséus from the Netherlands won this category with her photo series aimed at raising awareness around Africans with albinism and the problems they face.

Best Single Image for Faces, People, Culture

Malaysian Danny Yen Sin Wong shot his winning photo in Ethiopia of the Suri women.

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Natural World

"So I just take pictures and enjoy it. I lose myself in travelling and exploring new countries with their mountains, peoples and customs, exploring new natural settings and discovering the unknown, letting myself go, capturing whatever I come across that catches my eye, whether it be flora, fauna or a charming setting, which I then interpret through my own experience and mood and I frame to immortalise in a small fragment that I can share with everybody else," says Spaniard winner Javier Herranz Casellas.

Best Single Image for Natural World

Florent Mamelle from France took this stunning shot of Guatemala's volcanic landscape.

Travel Portfolio

Matjaz Krivic from Slovenia has been taking photos for over 25 years, and has won many awards, including World Press Photo in 2016.

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Best Single Image for Travel

Philip Lee Harvey from the UK took this photo in Mali where a free diver gathers sand for building, risking his life in the process.

Hot/Cold

This category highlights extreme weather, and was won by He Jian from China with this shot from his homeland.

New Talent, Festivals and Events

The Candelaria Celebrations in Peru gave local Jose Antonio Rosas his winning pictures.

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Smart Shot

Shot on her smartphone, Nicola Young from the UK took this poignant shot of a tired fish trader in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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