In Fo­cus

Win­ners of the 15th An­nual Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year, plus dates for your 2018 diary

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BEL­GIAN pho­to­jour­nal­ist Alain Schroeder has been named over­all winnner of the 15th Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year con­test. Over 20,000 im­ages from pho­tog­ra­phers in 129 coun­tries were sub­mit­ted, but the panel of judges, which in­cluded award­win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Ea­monn McCabe and Michael Pritchard director gen­eral of the Royal Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety, selected Alain’s pow­er­ful port­fo­lios of Kushti wrestling in In­dia and the com­plex rit­u­als associated with death in To­raja, In­done­sia (pic­tured above) due to their “sen­si­tiv­ity, ten­der­ness and even hu­mour while de­pict­ing sto­ries with an edge”. For his de­pic­tion, Alain has earned £4,000 in cash, £750 to spend on Páramo cloth­ing, and a leather port­fo­lio case. All three age groups in Young Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year were won by bud­ding pho­tog­ra­phers from the United States, in­clud­ing Josiah Hud­dle­ston, who has spent all his life in Ja­pan and picked up first place in Young TPOTY 15-18 years with his moody shot of a Ja­panese for­est, pic­ture above. Mor­gan Wolfers from Colorado be­comes one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s youngest-ever win­ners, as she was just 11

years old when she took her port­fo­lio of aspen trees and leaves, which won her the over­all Young Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year prize.

You can see some brief high­lights of the com­pe­ti­tion above, al­though all 140 of the win­ning, run­ner-up and com­mended im­ages can now be seen on the awards’ web­site, while the win­ning pic­tures will go on show in ex­hi­bi­tions in the UK and else­where in 2018.

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