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Photography Competition 2019: The finalists

Photography Competition 2019: The finalists

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Image: National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition 2018 grand prize winner, Renato Granieri

Photography Competition 2019

The finalists

Over the past four months, we’ve received thousands of your images in our hunt for the UK’s best travel photography talent for 2019. Novice or pro, we challenged you to submit unique, never-seen-before photographs that inspire others travel the world. Launched in 2011, this prestigious annual competition seeks the UK’s best new travel photography talent across five categories: Cities; Nature; People; Food; and Portfolio. 

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), says: “At a time when we’re surrounded by travel photography, this year’s shortlist reminds us there’s so much more to using a camera than ‘point and shoot’. From documenting local customs and traditions to awe-inspiring landscapes and incredible wildlife, this year’s entrants prove once again how powerful a medium travel photography can be.”

The judging panel consisted of Emer O’Shea, landscape and wildlife photographer; Nori Jemil, travel photographer; Craig Parry, nature and adventure photographer; Ben Rowe, picture editor, Time Out; Amy Davies, features editor, Amateur Photographer; and Chris Hudson, art director, National Geographic Traveller (UK). 



Capturing the buzz and heartbeat of a city through its architecture, life and atmosphere — this category offers a chance to get a unique take on familiar places, as well as not so familiar cities from around the world

Annapurna Mellor, Taxi driver in Kolkata, India

Robert Huberman, Infinity pool over Singapore

Tse Yuk Wai, Crepuscular ray, Hong Kong



We asked to see the best shots of the natural world. Animals, landscapes, or the two in perfect harmony. Submissions flowed in to show us the wonders our planet has to offer

Alex Palmer, Two climbers in Yosemite Valley, California

Daniel Burton, Mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Julia Wainwright, Bald eagles in Homer, Alaska



We wanted to see people as well as places, to paint a picture of life in a destination through its residents

Justin Cliffe, Dyeing wool in a Marrakech souk, Morocco

Mikael Molander, Kampala, Uganda

Sharon Kynaston, Geisha in training, Kyoto, Japan



After the launch of National Geographic Traveller Food, we were looking for the best travel food photography. It could’ve been anything — it just had to tell a story about the trip

David Fargher, Drying octopus in Skiathos, Greece

Marco Anfossi, Baking bread in Leh, India

Pablo Borrego, Kandy Central Market, Sri Lanka




This year, we mixed it up in this category and set a tougher challenge — we wanted to see travel stories through the photographs. The brief was still open, and entrants could send up to 10 shots to tell a story about a place or culture

Claire Waring, Rangers of Wrangel Island, Russia

Mick Ryan, The medina in Marrakech, Morocco

Simon Urwin, Pengzhen in Chengdu, China


The Prizes

Tatra Photography prizeGrand-prize winner: Slovakia Lakes and Mountains
The grand-prize winner will join Tatra Photography in the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia for a masterclass in landscape techniques and photography filtration. Supported by Lee Filters, whose high-quality polarisers and filters will be available throughout trip, the workshop will be led by award-winning tutor Justin Minns, visiting the best locations in this spectacularly wild corner of Europe. Through careful research, Tatra has organised the ideal itinerary to make the most of the rugged, pristine beauty at all times of day, as well as a masterclass in the likes of composition, shutter speeds and apertures. tatraphotographyworkshop.com





French Alps prizePortfolio winner: French Alps
The portfolio winner and a guest will jet off to Chamonix for seven-night escape amid the picture-perfect peaks of the French Alps, courtesy of lakes and mountains specialists, Inghams. From hiking and biking to rock climbing and canyoning, the prize offers plenty of inspiration for your next portfolio. inghams.co.uk







Category Winners: Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Tripod
Winners of each category will receive a Manfrotto Befree Advanced Aluminium Travel Tripod worth £175. It has three independent ergonomic controls and a side pull selector for a quick and easy setup. manfrotto.co.uk



The Sponsors


Donegal Tourism

Headline Sponsor

Donegal Tourism: The wild, rugged northwest county, Donegal made it into National Geographic Traveller’s Cool List in 2017 for good reason. Donegal Tourism is dedicated to promoting and marketing the county, locally, nationally and internationally. govisitdonegal.com


CEWE Photoworld

Photography Partner 2018/19

CEWE Photoworld: CEWE Photoworld is part of Europe’s largest photo company, producing millions of photo products each year, including CEWE PHOTOBOOK. cewe-photoworld.com

Check out the 2018 winners here. The Grand Prize winner’s image by Renato Granieri is used above. 

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