Travel Photographer of the Year 2017: Winners Announced

Alain Schroeder, TPOTY Winner 2017. Land of Toraja, Sereale village, during a funeral ceremony a group of men carry the body around the property before the burial. The people are chanting and screaming pushing away any bad spirits.

Alain Schroeder, TPOTY Winner 2017. Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling established centuries ago in Persia.

Ana Abrao, Portugal Winner. Best Single Image in a Portfolio - CELEBRATION OF HUMANITY

Katherine Keates, Canada Winner. Natural World Portfolio - EARTH & CLIMATE

Jianhui Liao, China Winner. One Shot - FOOD - FLAVOURS OF THE WORLD.

Alexandre Zindy, France Winner. New Talent Portfolio - DESTINATION

Emiliano Pinnizzotto, Italy Winner. Creative Travel Portfolio - TALES OF ADVENTURE

Johan Siggesson, Sweden Winner. One Shot - WILDLIFE, SEALIFE

Morgan Wolfers, YTPOTY 2017 Winner

Josiah Huddleston, YTPOTY 15 to 18, 2017 Winner

It’s that time of the year again… Travel Photographer of the Year have announced the winning entries from their annual competition. A huge congratulations to all who won awards or were commended in this year’s awards – we had the pleasure of seeing the entries as TPOTY 2017 was judged here at Genesis Imaging, so we know how much of a hard time the judges had choosing who to award their prestigious awards to. As ever, we are delighted to support Travel Photographer of the Year as a sponsor and will be printing the exhibition which will tour in 2018.

Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 – Overall Winner:

Belgian born photojournalist, Alain Schroeder entered two portfolios in the ‘Tales of Adventure’ and ‘Celebration of Humanity’ categories. His entries exhibited tenderness in stories with an edge. In many countries death carries certain taboos but in others it is celebration of both ancestry and culture. Alain’s black and white portfolio from Toraja in Sulewesi, Indonesia, is sensitive, celebratory and atmospheric. His portfolio from Kushti in India ventures in the the world of wrestling. Shot beautifully in low light it is both powerful and tender.

Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2017:

The Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 is 12-year old Morgan Wolfers who is a nature photographer living in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado – and was just 11 years old when she took her Young TPOTY winning images. With the theme ‘My Camera, My Travels’, Morgan’s portfolio shows great observation, attention to detail and use of colour, especially for one so young. Her winning images are vibrant and engaging, giving a real sense of place and the essence of autumn and autumnal colour.

 Japanese born but American national, Josiah Huddleston won Young TPOTY 15-18 category and Maddie Nolan from Dallas,  Texas won Young TPOTY 14 and Under.

The Portfolio Categories:

In the People & Cultures Portfolio – Celebration of Humanity – Briton Paul Sansome won first place with Ana Abrao (Portugal) winning best single image. For the Natural Wolrd Portfolio – Earth & Climate – Katherine Keates from Canada won first place with Stephen King (Hong Kong) winning best single image. In the Creative Travel Portfolio – Tales of Adventure – Emiliano Pinnizzotto from Italy won first place for their portfolio with Cezary Filew (Poland) winning best single image.

The One Shot, New Talent and HD Video Categories:

In the single image categories, Primary Colours’ was won by Dutch photographer Wendy Timmermans.

Jianhui Liao (China) won the ‘Food – Flavours of the World’ category and Swedish photographer won the  Wildlife, Sealife’ cateogry.

Alexandre Zindy (France) came first in the New Talent award, and finally Pia Vachha (Netherlands) took first prize in Smart Shot, the category for images taken on a mobile phone or tablet.

Genesis are delighted to support TPOTY as a long-term sponsor of the awards.


View more of the Winning Images


Read our interview with Chris Coe, Founder of Travel Photographer of the Year

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