Travel Photographer of the Year Results

The results are out, revealing the winners of Travel Photographer of the Year 2019.

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.

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.”

You can find the results for every category listed here on the Travel Photographer of the Year website.

But here, we turn our attention to one specific category. The category we, as Wildfoot Travel chose to sponsor and support. The One Shot – ‘Ocean, Seas, Rivers, Lakes’ category

One Shot. Oceans, Seas, Rivers, Lakes

Winner: Ignacio Palacios

Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil
A lonely tree survives the elements among the sand dunes. This image was shot from a light plane with the doors off.
D850, Nikon 70-200mm, f8, 1/1250, 400

Winner’s Biography

When it comes to photography and travel, few can rival Ignacio Palacios’ experience, skill, and passion. A third-generation photographer, Ignacio has been honoured with over 100 prestigious photography prizes and awards from around the world and has travelled to over 90 countries in his 22 years career. Born in Spain, Ignacio now calls Sydney Australia home – through his unmistakable Spanish spirit continues to influence his work and define his signature style.
Combining his love of travel and photography has proved a powerful combination, and today Ignacio leads photography tours to incredible destinations around the world. As an
AIPP double Master of Photography, Ignacio shares his insight, experience, and technique with his clients to help them find their own success and joy on their photographic journey.

Ignacio’s distinct, award-winning style can be defined by his mastery of composition, colour, and light. With his minimalistic style and unique ability to connect with his audience through storytelling. Through his images, Ignacio invites his audience to experience the subject not as how he captured, but how he experienced it, evoking an emotional connection between the viewer, subject and artist. Photography and travel will always be Ignacio’s passion, and he is dedicated to helping others ignite their passion too.

Runner up: David Alpert

Aegean Sea, Island of Skiathos, Greece
My son and two of his friends decided to do a bit of free diving. I set them a task and enjoyed the youthful banter as they set about trying to co-ordinate their efforts. It was amazing the good time we had – doing something so simple – no gadgets, electronics or high value spend. Just fun…
Canon 5D Mkiii, Sigma 15mm fisheye, f/8, 1/1600sec, ISO-1600

Highly Commended: Paul McKenzie

Lake Logipi, Kenya
I made this image from a light aircraft with the doors removed on one side. It shows a huge grouping of Flamingos standing and feeding in the shallow water lake.
Canon 1DX MK 2, 100-400mm lens, f5, 1/8000s, ISO 200

Highly Commended: Nicola Young

Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe, Burma
I took this shot from a boat and was fascinated at that moment of attention five Intha fishermen were paying to their task, surrounded by the beauty of the lake.
Nikon D600, 150mm lens, f6.3, 1/2500s, ISO 200