Australian photographers recognised at Travel Photographer of the Year awards
The 2019 winner of the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards has been revealed as Katy Gomez Catalina, an amateur photographer and doctor of veterinary science from Spain – the first-ever overall winner from the country.
Catalina’s winning portfolio was amongst the more than 20,000 images submitted by professional and amateur photographers from 144 countries. The portfolio of eight black-and-white images covers a range of subject matter, from the Batwa people of Uganda to the esplanade of the Louvre in Paris. She is also the second-ever female overall winner in the awards’ 17-year history.
Travel Photographer of the Year co-founder Chris Coe said: “Judging these awards, whilst arduous with so many excellent images to choose from, is always a joy and it is both exhilarating and stimulating to see the wealth of creativity evident from around the world. This year’s winning entries are outstanding in all categories, elegant and sometimes thought-provoking and gritty. The portfolio from the overall winner Katy Gomez Catalina is beautiful, sensitive and diverse. Only the second-ever female overall winner of Travel Photographer of the Year, Katy is an amateur photographer and a very, very worthy winner.”
An Irish photographer, 11-year-old Indigo Larmour has been named as the winner of the Young Travel Photographer of the Year category, becoming one of the youngest-ever entrants to take out the title. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Daniel Kurian (India/Australia) won the 14 & Under Young TPOTY category with four images of fishermen in Kerala. The 15-18 age group was won by 16-year-old Ankit Kumar from India.
British photographer Paul Sansome won the Art of Travel portfolio category, while another British photographer, Geoff Shoults, won the award for the Best Single Image in an Art of Travel portfolio. Belgian photographer, Alain Schroeder, a former overall winner of the TPOTY awards, won the Endangered Planet portfolio category for images of the rescue and rehabilitation of Indonesian orangutans.
Australian photographer Jason Edwards won the award for the Best Single Image in an Endangered Planet portfolio for his image of the charred remains of an elephant that fell victim to poachers in Botswana. Ignacio Palacios (Australia/Spain) won the Oceans, Seas, Rivers, Lakes single image category, and was also named Runner-up in the Art of Travel category. Ben McRae’s portfolio was Highly Commended in the People & Cultures category.
American photographer Brian Clopp spent a week living amongst a herd of wild horses in Utah, USA, camping out in a dusty desert to capture the portfolio which won the Thrills & Adventures portfolio category. Quanhou Lu won the award for Best Single Image in a Thrills & Adventures portfolio with a bird’s eye view of a spectacular bridge crossing in Xingjiang in the photographer’s native China.
Will Burrard-Lucas (UK) worked with the Kenya Wildlife Service to photograph black rhinos, and his image shared top honours in the Dusk to Dawn single image category along with an atmospheric Cuban street scene shot by Sumit Dua (USA/UK).
The awards were judged by an international panel of imaging experts which included Panamanian double Pulitzer Prize-winner Essdras M Suarez and Lawrence Jackson, a former official White House photographer under the Obama Administration.
Check out the rest of the winners from the 2019 awards at this link.
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