The winners of National Geographic Traveller (UK)'s photography competition

The winners and runner ups of the tenth anniversary of the National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s photography competition have been announced.

From royal-esque portraits to breathtaking landscapes, this year’s entrants were in for a tough competition. 

Photographers of all levels from across the UK and Ireland were able to enter the competition, which seeks to highlight the best in travel photography.

Ahead of this year’s competition, which was sponsered by Nikon, Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: ‘Last year, our readers entered in their thousands.

‘Our panel of expert judges was impressed with the richness of compositions, the variety of technology used — from DSLR cameras to drones and mobile phones — and the breadth of destinations represented.

‘This year, we’re encouraging readers to enter their photography regardless of whether they ventured overseas in 2020 or not — adventures, we believe, are as readily available on our doorsteps as they are abroad.

‘We’ve also introduced a new category: Food and Travel. Food sits at the heart of any authentic travel experience, and we look forward to seeing the ways in which entrants interpret the criteria.’

And the winning images really do speak for themselves. 

Landscape category

The winner of the landscape category was Ozgun Ozdemir, who captured a small stream flowing onto the beach called Marble Hill in County Donegal, Ireland.

The runner up was Jordan Banks, who shot the photo of blocks of ice cracking from the glacier into Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon in Hofn, Iceland.

This photograph of the Emerald Lake, in Mangya, Qinghai Province, China, taken by Jianbo Jia, was also a worthy runner up.

Wildlife category

This photograph of a buzzing bee doing its job at Wisley Gardens in Surrey, taken by Dimitrios Zacharopoulos, was a runner up in the Wildlife category.

Another runner up was this spectacular image of an osprey catching a fish in Avimore, Scotland. This one was taken by Hari Kumar Prasannakumar,

Urban Environment category

Vai Meng Chan’s stunning image of a sunset in Rainham, England – which looks straight out of a comic book – was the winner of the Urban Environment category.

Runner-up in the category was a photograph of the view from the fifth floor of ChanMyae Guest House in Downtown Yangon, Myanmar, taken by Joshua Paul Akers.

Food and Travel category

The winner of the Food and Travel was a delightful photograph of two stallholders preparing for the day in Veracruz, Mexico, taken by Nic Crilly-Hargrave.

The runners up included a picture of chefs preparing dim sum in Shanghai, taken by Ian Douglas Scott, and a vibrant image of vegetables, fruit, spices and herbs displayed at a daily food market in Urubamba, a town in the heart of Peruvian Sacred Valley, by Karolina Wiercigroch.


People category

This icy picture of a person ice fishing on the frozen sea by the Notsuke Peninsula on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, taken by Claire Waring, was the winner in the People category.

Two distinctly unique portraits were runners up in the category.

First, a Vietnamese woman fit for royalty in traditional clothing sitting in the Hue Imperial City’s palace, taken by Walter Monticelli.

Finally, this action-filled image of a local fisherman taking on tough weather in Myanmar, taken by Rajiv Joshi.

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