Winners of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 competition have been announced, with Joel Santos of Portugal claiming the overall award.

Santos becomes the first-ever Portuguese overall winner in the award’s 14-year history, beating photographers from 123 countries to take the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2016.

Santos’s winning image features an intimate portfolio illustrating traditional fishing in Ghana.

Among the images in his portfolio is another first for the competition – an aerial portfolio captured using a drone, offering the viewer a bird’s-eye view of one of the hottest places in the world, Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression.

The Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 winner is 14-year old Darpan Basak, from India, while the 18-year-old American photographer Courtney Moore  won Young TPOTY 15-18 and Ankit Kumar of Indi) won Young TPOTY 14 and Under.

In the portfolio categories, former overall TPOTY winner Craig Easton won ‘Land, Sea, Sky’, while China’s Ruiyuan Chen took first place in ‘Mankind’ and Beniamino Pisati (Italy) won ‘Journeys & Adventures’.

In the single image categories, ‘Shaped by Light’ was won by Chinese photographer Biran Zhao, Michele Palazzo of Italy won ‘Cities – Architecture & Spaces’ and British photographer Luke Massey won ‘Wildlife & Nature’.

Briton Alison Cahill came first in the New Talent award, and fellow Brit Rufus Blackwell won the HD video category Travel Shorts. Finally, Italy’s Marina Spironetti took first prize in Smart Shot, the category for images taken on a mobile phone or tablet.

New York snow storm- Michele Palazzo/tpoty.com

New York snow storm- Michele Palazzo/tpoty.com

Volcano eruption - Martin Siering/tpoty.com

Volcano eruption – Martin Siering/tpoty.com

Monk on West Kirby Marine Lane - Craig Easton/tpoty.com

Monk on West Kirby Marine Lane – Craig Easton/tpoty.com

Portrait of elderly Chinese man - Ruiyuan Chen/tpoty.com

Portrait of elderly Chinese man – Ruiyuan Chen/tpoty.com

Iberian lynx - Luke Massey/tpoty.com

Iberian lynx – Luke Massey/tpoty.com

Fox in snow - Courtney Moore/tpoty.com

Fox in snow – Courtney Moore/tpoty.com

Aerial view of camel train - Joel Santos/tpoty.com

Aerial view of camel train – Joel Santos/tpoty.com

Photographers from 20 countries have won awards, and the winning images will go on show at TPOTY exhibitions at the UK City of Culture celebrations in Hull from 18 May to 30 June 2017, and at 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich at the University of Greenwich, London from 4 August to 3 September 2017.

Travel Photographer of the Year is judged by an international panel of judges that includes Deputy Editor in Chief, Fotomagazin, Germany, Manfred Zollner, champion jockey turned travel photographer Richard Dunwoody and Jerry Tavin (co-president of Glasshouse Images and founder of Young Photographers’ Alliance).

Click here to see the full 2016 Winners’ Gallery.

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