The winners of the 2017 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards have been announced.
Covering everything from wrestling matches in India to mass noodle eating in China, the winners demonstrate the diversity of the 20,000 photographs from 129 countries entered in the competition.
The overall award was given to Belgian photojournalist Alain Schroeder for his portraits of Kushti wrestling in India and rituals associated with death in Indonesia.
He wins £4,000 cash, £750 to spend on Páramo clothing, and a Plastic Sandwich personalised leather portfolio case
The Young Travel Photographer of the Year award went to 12-year-old Morgan Wolfers from Colorado, USA, for her photographs of aspen trees.
British photographer Paul Sansome won the Celebration of Humanity award with his photography collection of people amidst fascinating architecture in India.
The winning images will be exhibited in the UK next year, with further details to be announced on the website in January, 2018. They will also be published in the next Travel Photographer of the Year book, Journey Ten, which will be produced in 2018.
See a selection of the winning images below, with the rest available on the website.
Alain Schroeder, Belgium
Winner, Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Tandung village near Pangala, Toraja, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. In the region of Pangala, the Ma’nene, or cleaning of the corpses, ceremony takes place in August after the rice harvest. Coffins are removed from their burial sites and opened. The mummies are cleaned, dried in the sun and given a change of clothes.
Morgan Wolfers, USA
Winner, Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2017
Kenosha Pass, Colorado, USA. Melted snow on aspen leaves on a beaver pond.
Maddie Nolan, USA
Winner, Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 – 14 and Under
Creede, Colorado USA. The rufous was hovering near a feeder and I got the perfect shot of him in his majestic beauty.
Paul Sansome, UK
Winner, Celebration of Humanity Portfolio
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. A young girl plays in Thirumalai Nayak Palace in Madurai.
Jianhui Liao, China
Winner, Food – Flavours of the World (Single Image Category)
Shanxi, China. A crowd gathers to eat from a huge dish of noodles.
Johan Siggesson, Sweden
Winner, Wildlife (Single Image Category)
Jigokudani, Yudanaka, Japan. Photographing the Snow Monkeys in Hell Valley in Japan is easy. They are everywhere, they are close and they are not afraid. I noticed that if I composed the image in a certain way it would look like an almost human-like creature is climbing up from below.
Alexandre Zindy, France
Winner, New Talent Award, ‘Destination’
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. I was hiking on my way to go back to my motel from Volcanoes National Park when the weather got very foggy.
Katherine Keates, Canada
Winner, Earth and Climate Portfolio
Wayne County, Utah, USA (near Capitol Reef Park). Sudden and intense rainfall produces flash floods that rage through the valleys and flood plains of Utah. After the torrent of water subsides, the wet, muddy base that remains dries, bakes, contracts, cracks and curls in the hot sun. The polygonal mud cracks (desiccation cracks) that form during the drying and contraction of this clay bearing soil create an interconnected network of design that is a feast for the photographer’s eye.