THE WINNER 2022 – Travel Photographer of the Year (2023)


2022 Travel Photographer of the Year Award Winners Announced

  • Overall Winner: Travel Photographer of the Year 2022 - Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia
  • Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2022: Cal Cole, UK (18 years old)
  • Young Travel Photographer of the Year – Winner, Ages 15-18: Isabella Smith, USA (18 years old)
  • Young Travel Photographer of the Year: Winner, Under 14s: Kaia Tham, Australia (14 years old)
  • portfolio winner:The art of monochrome–Roie Galitz, Israel
  • Portfolio Winner: Cultures - Magdaléna Straková, Czech Republic
  • Portfolio Winner: From Deserts to Rainforests - Jaroslav Hora, Czech Republic
  • Portfolio Winners: Green Planet, Blue Planet - Alexej Sachov, Germany
  • Ganador One Shot: Creative Travel – Lorenz Berna, Italia
  • One-Shot-Gewinner: Mark of Mankind - Angiolo Manetti, Italia
  • One-Shot Winner: Water - Alexej Sachov, Germany
  • Smart Shot Gewinner: iTravelled –Marina Spironetti, Italia
  • Audience Award Winner: Romain Miot, France
  • HD Video Winner, Travel Shorts: Simon Tupper, UK



From an intensely moving depiction of the extraordinary camaraderie between one of the world's last remaining northern white rhinos and its keeper, to aerial images of the graphic and detailed abstract curves of the Namib Desert, to vividly 'new residents' sculptures threatening an underwater world, an atmospheric portfolio, documenting the rare and dying Flemish tradition of using large, smooth draft horses for shrimping, the winning images from Global Travel Photographers of the Year 2022 (TPOTY) present a vision diverse and charming of life on our planet. .

Nearly 20,000 images were submitted by amateur and professional photographers from 154 countries. The winning shots -all of which can be viewed in the online winners gallery at– will be on view at a spectacular open-air outdoor exhibition in Bristol, England, throughout May. The Royal Photographic Society Travel Photographer of the Year will sit between the Royal Photographic Society and the Martin Parr Foundation. It can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open from May 1 to May 31. The exhibition is part of"World Photography in Focus"where Travel Photographer of the Year, Nature Photographer of the Year and Food Photographer of the Year will be exhibiting in May 2023*. It promises to be a celebration of international photography.

the absolute winnertravel photographer of the year 2022– is the Slovenian photographer Matjaz Krivic. The images of him, 33-year-old Najin, one of the world's last two northern white rhinos, and his keeper Zachary Mutai at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya are poignant and almost unbearably moving. And Matjaz's images, showing the effects of the prolonged eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma, Canary Islands, are a powerful reminder of the power of nature.

TPOTY founder Chris Coe said:Our latest winners make up a fascinating collection of images. From intensely powerful to exquisitely subtle, sensitive and beautiful, they reach every corner of the world, covering all facets of travel with just one camera. Conservation and sustainability permeate the collection, illustrating the role photography can play in raising awareness of the issues facing our planet. I am particularly happy for the overall winner. Matjaz has been nominated for Travel Photographer of the Year since our first year, 2003, and has won a number of awards in individual categories with us over the past two decades. Now, in our 20th year, he finally got the 'Big One'."

Matjaz Krivic commented: “I am honored to have my work recognized and recognized by the Travel Photographer of the Year award judges. This competition is special to me, as I have been involved since its inception in 2003, when I was honored with the Judges' Favorite Award. Now, 20 years later, I have received its highest award, which makes me very proud and means a lot to me. Travel and photography have been my passion and a big part of my life for as long as I can remember and this award inspires me to continue my journey. Many thanks to the jury and the team for their great work and congratulations to the rest of the winners. I also want to take this opportunity to thank all my friends and people who support me and inspire me to get out there again and again."

The TPOTY Awards have always celebrated emerging photographers through the Young TPOTY Awards. Cal Cole, 18, from Manchester, UK, received the titleYoung Travel Photographer of the Year 2022for her distinctive and beautifully observed images of her hometown at night, while a former Young TPOTY winner, Isabelle Smith, 18, from the USA, changed the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens, Greece. The Young TPOTY 14 and Under category was won by Kaia Tham, 14, from Australia, for her unusual views of the streets of Lisbon, Portugal, all captured on her iPhone.

Matjaz Krivic's prize includes the new Fujifilm X100V camera, a £1,000 cash stipend from TPOTY, a personalized leather binder book or iFolio from Plastic Sandwich, Radiant Photo imaging software, Royal Photographic Society membership and magazine Tonic. Cale Cole will receive £500 from TPOTY, a Plastic Sandwich or iFolio leather binder book, a place on a Photo Iconic Photography course, as well as membership in the Royal Photographic Society and Radiant Photo-Imaging software.

Hemonochrome artThe Portfolio category was won by Israeli photographer Roie Galitz for a portfolio taken in Svalbard that includes two starkly contrasting images of polar bears: one showing a rare and magical glimpse of a polar bear's courtship display during a snowstorm, the other shows an emaciated, starving polar bear mother and her two cubs; The children died a few days after the photograph was taken. American photographer Dana Allen's "Beetle's Eye View," looking down at an African elephant, won Best Single Image in this category.

Magdaléna Straková won first prize inCultureCategory. The Czech photographer's black-and-white portfolio documenting horseback fishermen in Oostduinkerke, Belgium offers a fascinating portrait of a dying tradition: using horses to forage for shrimp at low tide. Greek photographer Athanasios Maloukos won the best still image award in this category for capturing a moment of individual humanity during the La Desolata procession in an Italian village.

Another Czech photographer, Jaroslav Hora, received the highest award in thedeserts to tropical junglesCategory in which the participants had to show the beauty of the natural landscapes of our planet. Jaroslav's beautiful images of the abstract curves of Namibia's Namib Desert, captured aboard a helicopter, certainly fit the bill for the category. British photographer John Seager won the best painting award in this category with a drone photograph of "El Cono Arita", a spectacular geological formation in the Salar de Arizaro desert in Argentina.

SoyGreen planet, blue planetUkrainian-born German photographer Alexej Sachov topped the list of judges for his portfolio of images depicting "new inhabitants" of the underwater world: a "jellyfish," a "rabbit," a "horse," and even a "ghost." ". made of plastic that had sunk to the depths of the waters off Marsa Alam in Egypt. Greek photographer Panos Laskarakis won Best Still for his powerful and mesmerizing image of a lion peering through a buffalo's bloody ribcage.

Portfolio category prizes included Fujifilm X100V cameras, a signed print by Nat Geo researcher/photographer and Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation co-founder Chris Rainier, exhibition prints from Genesis Imaging, Radiant Photo imaging software, prints from Tonic magazine and membership of the Royal Photographic Society.

Italian Lorenz Berna won the singles category with his slow exposure shot of a Buddhist monk in Thailand, apparently accompanied by shadowy companions.creative tripsCategory. Another Italian photographer, Angiolo Manetti, won thesign of humanityCategory with a beautiful aerial photograph of a human figure in the center of a Tuscan landscape. Green Planet, Blue Planet winner Alexej Sachov was also successful in the Water category, where the German photographer captured a wave that formed a pattern of Moebius stripes. Italian photographer Marina Spironetti won the iTraveled category for images taken with a mobile phone or tablet for her imaginative self-portrait with shadows taken in Avignon, France.

Single image awards included monetary scholarships, Radiant Photo imaging software, copies of Tonic magazine, and membership of the Royal Photographic Society.

The winner in a category was not determined by the jury. HeThe people's choiceThe award was decided by members of the public voting on the TPOTY website. The winning image by French photographer Romain Miot shows a herd of camels at a well in the Sahara.

Finally, British photographer and filmmaker Simon Tupper won the Sense of Place, Sense of Person award.Video category Travel shorts, with 'Between Mountain and Coast', a charming, humorous and relaxing short film that reveals the life philosophy of a South Icelandic farmer.

The awards are judged by aInternational organizationby very experienced photographers and experts in this field. All judging is "blind" (judges do not know the identity or nationality of the participants) and the finalist must provide the RAW/original image files for the final judging phase.

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