Travel Photographer Year award winners – Royal Geographical Society

From the exuberance of a colourful crowd cheering on racing camels, to sweeping land and cityscapes and intimate close-ups of beautiful creatures in the wild, these are the travel snaps you wish you had taken.

But the spectacular images are actually the winners of the international Travel Photographer of the Year awards and are now on display at a special exhibition in London.

Jasper Doest brings nature, anywhere in the world, closer,' said the judges of his elegant pictures of macaques in Japan, which are boldly and unusually portrayed with their eyes closed - a technique which rarely works with portraits and which bagged him joint winner in the Wild Stories category.
Jasper Does’t brings nature, anywhere in the world, closer,’ said the judges of his elegant pictures of macaques in Japan, which are boldly and unusually portrayed with their eyes closed – a technique which rarely works with portraits and which bagged him joint winner in the Wild Stories category.

 

Camels race to the finish line whipped by robot jockeys, watched by large crowds and an enormous television and online audience. Taken by Australian photographer Jason Edwards, his series were highly commended in the Vanishing and Emerging Cultures category.
Camels race to the finish line whipped by robot jockeys, watched by large crowds and an enormous television and online audience. Taken by Australian photographer Jason Edwards, his series were highly commended in the Vanishing and Emerging Cultures category.
Crimson circle: Boys play at the Holi festival in Mathura city, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer Sahil Lodha of India got a Special Mention for Best Single Image in a Portfolio in the Vanishing and Emerging Cultures category with this vibrant shot.
Crimson circle: Boys play at the Holi festival in Mathura city, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer Sahil Lodha of India got a Special Mention for Best Single Image in a Portfolio in the Vanishing and Emerging Cultures category with this vibrant shot.
Motherly love: David Lazar of Australia perfectly captures the adoring expressions on the faces of these lionesses as the baby cub walks ahead of them.
Motherly love: David Lazar of Australia perfectly captures the adoring expressions on the faces of these lionesses as the baby cub walks ahead of them.
Special Mention went toTariq Sawyer from Switzerland for his photograph of a shepherd and his flock in the Altai Mountains, Bayan-Olgii Aimag, Mongolia.
Special Mention went toTariq Sawyer from Switzerland for his photograph of a shepherd and his flock in the Altai Mountains, Bayan-Olgii Aimag, Mongolia.
Tender moment: Marco Urso, from Italy, got a special mention for his spectacular shot capturing the love between a you cheetah cub and its mother in the Masai Mara, Kenya.
Tender moment: Marco Urso, from Italy, got a special mention for his spectacular shot capturing the love between a you cheetah cub and its mother in the Masai Mara, Kenya.
Lighting up the sky: British photographer James Woodend captured this stunning image of the Northern Lights in Kirkjufell, West Iceland.
Lighting up the sky: British photographer James Woodend captured this stunning image of the Northern Lights in Kirkjufell, West Iceland.
Ethereal: Emmanuel Coupe of France captured this arresting monochrome image ofan unusual land formation at Hvítserkur in North Iceland to win a place in the exhibition.
Ethereal: Emmanuel Coupe of France captured this arresting monochrome image ofan unusual land formation at Hvítserkur in North Iceland to win a place in the exhibition.
Raw closeup: Lionesses hunting on Chief's Island, Okavango Delta in Botswana gave Ed Hetherington of the USA runner up prize in the Wild Stories category.
Raw closeup: Lionesses hunting on Chief’s Island, Okavango Delta in Botswana gave Ed Hetherington of the USA runner up prize in the Wild Stories category.
Incredible depth and power: Gerald Baeck of Austria took this amazing photograph of Powell Point, Grand Canyon South Rim in Arizona to merit his place in the Royal Geographical Society's exhibition.
Incredible depth and power: Gerald Baeck of Austria took this amazing photograph of Powell Point, Grand Canyon South Rim in Arizona to merit his place in the Royal Geographical Society’s exhibition.
'The Dogon people of the Sahel' by British photographer Timothy Allen, was the winner of the Cutty Sark Award for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013.
‘The Dogon people of the Sahel’ by British photographer Timothy Allen, was the winner of the Cutty Sark Award for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013.

The Royal Geographical Society is hosting the series of award-winning images documenting the magnificence and beauty of the Earth and its inhabitants.

And if the photos aren’t inspiring enough, the exhibition will also be open for various ‘Enchanted Evenings’ so visitors can see the images lit up at night.

The exhibition, which runs until August 17, features photos that won awards in various categories from ‘Wild Stories’ to ‘Vanishing and Emerging Cultures’.

From a pair of lions looking proudly at their young cub to a Mongolian shepherd with his snow-covered flock in Mongolia, the photos provide the ultimate travel inspiration and organisers hope they will encourage amateur photographers to start thinking about submissions for the next awards for 2014.

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