The Travel Photographer Of The Year competition is easily one of our favourites - a mix of professional and amateur photographers, it features some truly stunning photographs from around the world. Best of all, categories range from the really young (age 11) to those who do it for a hobby, to those who make a living from it.

Not only do they provide an often little-seen glimpse into corners of the world, they really get our travel bug going.


This week, at the Royal Geographical Society, an exhibition of all the winners will be on display. There's also a festival of photography which begins next week on 17 July, if you want to hear leading photographers such as Andy Rouse, Colin Prior, Steve Bloom, Nick Danziger, Chris Weston, Jim Marks, Martin Hartley and Philip Lee Harvey speak. Otherwise, it's free to view any other time.

If you can't make it down, however, you can always click through our slideshow of the beautiful shots that made the final cut:

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  • Baa Atoll, Maldives

    It looks like the ray was interacting with the fish, guarding it, shepherding it. But actually no, they just swim together.

  • Brandseth Valley, Voss, Norway

  • Namib desert, Namibia

  • Siberia, Russia

    Yamalo Nemets’ winter camp in the tundra, Siberia, Russia

  • Mekong River, Four Thousand Islands, Laos

  • Burning Man Festival, US

  • Sabucedo, Galicia, Spain

    Rapa das Bestas (Shearing of the Beasts) festival

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • Siberut Island, West Sumatra, Indonesia

  • Masai Mara, Kenya

  • Kara tribe warrior, Omo River Valley, Ethiopia

  • Galle, Sri Lanka

  • Spitsbergen, Norway

    A fox about to scavenge the skeleton of a seal which had been caught by a polar bear.

  • Patan, Nepal

  • Shoreditch, London, England

    Man walking past Ben Slow’s ‘Screaming Faces’ painting on a wall in Hanbury Street.

  • Siberia, Russia

    Yamalo Nemets’ winter camp in the tundra. This young girl collects wood in the forest.

  • Spitsbergen, Norway

    Glaucous gulls fight over scraps left by a polar bear.

  • Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic

  • Kiskunsagi National park, Hungary

    Grey heron.

  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming, US

  • Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana

  • Austrian Alps

    Eurasian wren.

  • Winner: The Minch, Western Isles, Scotland

    This is a series of images called ‘Dreich’ – an old Scottish word to describe the wet, grey, miserable, dank.

Festival tickets start from £25 for regular entry and £17.50 for concessions. Festival tickets are available from


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