A community festival at a mud mosque in Mali, skateboarding clubs in India, Japanese macaques, Russian bears and a solitary figure on a misty lake in China – the 2013 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards once again present a stunning variety of winning images.
Timothy Allen (UK) won the top prize, the Cutty Sark award for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013, for his black-and-white images of the mud mosque replastering festival and Dogon life in Mali.
Jasper Doest (Netherlands) and Johnny Haglund (Norway) shared top honours in Wild Stories, with two very different portfolios – tranquil images of macaques in Japan from Doest, and from Haglund a darker series depicting a family alligator hunting.
Best single image in the category was a shot of a kingfisher catching a fish, from Pete Downing (UK).
Jino Lee (Singapore) won the Monochromal portfolio category with a series depicting fishermen on a lake in China.
An image of Skógafoss waterfall from Emmanuel Coupe (France) won best single image in this category.
Special mentions for the Monochromal category included Marko Urso’s running bear (Italy), Nicolos Lotsos (Greece) for his shot of a shipwreck, and a close-up of gorilla feet from Gail Von Bergen-Ryan (Switzerland).
Gavin Gough, (UK/based in Thailand), took the top prize in Vanishing & Emerging Cultures, with his colourful series of a skateboarding club in India.
Best single image in the category went to Roberto Nistri (Italy) for his image of Hindu holy men running into the Ganges during Kumbh Mela.
Special mentions in the category included an Atali Mountain scene from Tariq Sawyer (Switzerland) and a shot of the Holi Festival by Sahil Lodha (India).
And Cat Viton (UK) was one of the commended photographers for a shot of a ‘sea gypsy’ fishing on the Adaman Sea.
The theme for Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 was ‘Crowded Planet’, with the award going to 14-year-old Jonathan Rystrøm (Denmark) for his experimental images of moving crowds on the streets in Dubrovnik.
10-year-old Patria Prasaysa (Indonesia) won the 14-and-under Young TPOTY category for her close-ups of ant colonies, and the 15 to18-year-old award was once again won by 17-year-old Chase Guttman (USA), for his bustling scenes of everything from pillow fights and Santa flash mobs.
The New Talent award, with the theme of Metropolis, went to Tom Pepper (UK), for his series of images shot in New York.
Justin Mott (USA/based in Vietnam) won the top award in in the single image category, Extraordinary, for his shot of a girl and an elephant in a pool in India.
Tim Taylor (UK) was a runner-up in this category, for his moon and mountainscape image shot in the French Alps, and Gerard Baeck (Austria) was commended for his shot of a Grand Canyon thunder storm.
In the beginner’s category, En Route, Jaipur pigeons by Merissa Quek (Singapore) and an iPhone 5 image of Rio from Stuart Draper (UK) shared the top spot.
James Morgan (UK) repeated his 2012 success in the short film category Travel Shorts, telling the story of female wresters in Bolivia.
For the full list of all winners, runners-up, highly commended entries and special mentions, visit www.tpoty.com/winners/2013