The annual Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) competition sees amateur and professional photographers from around the world submitting images that provide a magnificent view of the planet – seen through the eyes of some insanely talented and creative individuals.
The beauty of TPOTY is you simply need a camera and a good eye. Entrants come from all sorts of ages and backgrounds, from young to old, beginner to expert.
Winners of TPOTY 2016 will be displayed in an outdoor exhibition in Princes Dock Street, Hull, from Thursday 18 May to Friday 30 June 2017 – and as part of Hull International Photography (HIP) Festival, the young photographers of HIP Club will host a retrospective exhibition of Young Travel Photographer Of The Year winners outside HIP Gallery, Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull, from Saturday 30 September to Wednesday 25 October 2017.
See a selection of the winning shots from TPOTY 2016 below.
Joel Santos, Portugal
Winner, Travel Photographer of the Year 2016
This unique aerial photo shows the salt miners guiding a dromedary and donkey caravan through this desert’s unique salt patterns in Salt Desert, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia.
Darpan Baskak, India (age 14)
Winner, Young Travel Photographer of the Year, 2016
From land to sea – joy to eternity in Chadipur, India.
Ankit Kumar, India (age 13)
Winner, Young Travel Photographer of the Year (14 and under)
A flock of lesser flamingos take flight above Tanzania’s salt and soda Lake Natron.
Courtney Moore, USA (age 18)
Winner, Young Travel Photographer (15 to 18 years)
On a particularly windy day, this fox was sitting only a few yards away from the ocean as sand pelted against his fur in Island Beach State Park, New Jersey, USA.
Ruiyuan Chen, China
Winner, Mankind Portfolio
Portraits of the ethnic Yi people, who live in great poverty in Daliang Mountains, Sichuan province, China.
Jeremy Woodhouse, UK
Winner, Best Single Image in a Mankind Portfolio
This elderly woman was cutting grass from a small plot to feed her livestock in Coltesti, Romania.
Michele Palazzo, Italy
Winner, Cities: Architecture & Spaces
While walking through the Jonas snowstorm that swept across the east coast of America, Michele captured this shot of the Flatiron Building against a backdrop of swirling snow.
Luke Massey, UK
Winner, Wildlife & Nature
In 2001 there were fewer than 100 Iberian lynx left in the wild. Fifteen years later there are now more than 400, but it is still the rarest cat in the world.
Rudi Sebastian, Germany
Joint runner-up, Wildlife & Nature
In a small pond at the rural border of Berlin, male moor frogs in their bright blue mating colour try to mate with a common toad, which almost drowned. It took about 30 minutes before she managed to free herself and reach dry ground.
Alison Cahill, UK
Winner, New Talent, Eye To Eye
Portrait of Elyas the head barber and owner of Son & Dad in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Biran Zhao, China
Winner, Shaped by Light
Every morning in Baiyu County, Ganzi, Sichuan Province, China, the nuns walk around the mountain as a practice lesson. Regardless of the season, they walk year after year, day in and day out.
Marco Urso, Italy
Special Mention, Wildlife & Nature
The young cubs like to play. This one was having fun with a small stick. After biting it, he relaxed for a few seconds, looking like a little fisherman. Shot in Kamchatka, Russia.
Craig Easton, UK
Winner, Land, Sea, Sky Portfolio
A lone Buddhist monk walks around the boundary wall of the West Kirby Marine Lake in West Kirby, Wirral, UK.