Travel Photo of the Year: The results

We are delighted to have had yet another year of outstanding entries into the UK's largest amateur travel photography competition - Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year. Out of tens of thousands of submissions, our expert judges whittled it down to just 10 finalists in each category - Landscapes, Wildlife, People and Travel Icons - and have now selected their four winners, announced at Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show on Friday 3 February 2023.

The four talented photographers will be heading off to Singapore - courtesy of Singapore Tourist Board - to take on a special photography assignment for Wanderlust. We look forward to seeing the results from their assignment. But for now, scroll down to see the award-winning photos which got them there, plus the stunning galleries of all 40 finalists...

Landscapes

WINNER

A Misty Autumnal Walk
The Peak District, Derbyshire
Scott Antcliffe, Primary School Teacher

Scott said: "I'm fortunate to live in the Peak District, the UK’s oldest national park. I love this location for its ancient trees. Coupled with fog in autumn, it’s a stunning place."

Judges comments:

"Love the simple yet ethereal quality of this composition."

Highly Commended

Lone Tree In Hayden Valley
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Tina Bulley, Retired

Tina said: "Hayden Valley is a vast undulating grassland in West Yellowstone National Park. It was the simplicity and tranquillity of the lone tree in the snowy landscape which attracted my attention."

Judges comments: "A clean and effective simple landscape with space to breath. Beautiful fine art."

"Lovely minimalistic take on a winter landscape."

People

WINNER

Stillness
Lalibela, Ethiopia
John Seager, Environmental Consultant

John said: "I took this image in Biete Queddus Mercoreus church, Lalibela, Ethiopia. The priest greeted me and returned to his meditation, allowing me to compose his portrait in the streaming light."

Judges comments:

"The light is very special and isolation of the subject is focused"

"Despite the original being taken in colour, the photographer has clearly seen the potential for mono in this exquisite portrait, beautifully framed and technically spot on with those motes of dust hanging in the air."

Highly Commended

Ghosts
South Sudan
Max Vere-Hodge, Sponsorship

Max said: "The Mundari tribe, of South Sudan, appear like ghosts amongst the smoke from the nightly fires they light to keep tsetse flies and mosquitoes off their beloved Ankole-Watusi cattle."

Judges comments: "A very mystical capture and works well in black and white."

"If I was being picky, maybe this would have been even more powerful if the boy and his big-horn cow were facing camera, and we lost the rear end of the cow in the bottom right, but there's no denying that this is a striking image, full of tonal richness and depth."

Wildlife

WINNER

Coming through
Fisherman’s Beach, Curaçao, Lesser Antilles
Gail Johnson, Retired

Gail said: "I am sure the turtles loved making the fish ball split – I just hung over the fish ball and had fun watching the turtles swim past."

Judges comments:

"Beautiful scene of interacting wildlife and life cycle. Rarely do we see good solid marine life stories"

Highly Commended

Bee Envy
Hortobágy National Park, Hungary
Patrick O’Brien, Chartered Surveyor

Patrick said: "A female bee-eater looks on enviously as her mate tosses a bee in his beak, ready to swallow head first (sting last)."

Judges comments: "Capturing the moment perfectly … I hope this is a true rendition of the original scene.

"Once in a lifetime capture"

Travel Icons

WINNER

Jama Masjid
Delhi, India
Khairel Anuar Che Ani, Quantity Surveyor

Khairel said: "This image of Jama Masjid, Delhi, India was taken during Eid al-Adha Greater Eid prayers in the morning of 10th. Zulhijjah the twelfth month in Islamic calendar marking for a four days celebration together with annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mekah."

Judges comments:

"The sea of humanity and stark architectural symbols draws you in and helps you linger on this absorbing spectacle"

Highly Commended

Two Women Washing By The Oldest Teak Bridge
Mandalay, Myanmar
Michael Poxton, Retired

Michael said: "U Bein Bridge, Mandalay. Believed to be the oldest teak bridge in the world. Two local ladies wandered down to bathe, adding depth to a wonderful sunset scene."

The finalists

Want to see more awe-inspiring photography from our Travel Photo of the Year competition? Don't worry, there's plenty more where this came from. Take a look below to find the galleries for Wildlife, Landscapes, People and Travel Icons, featuring 10 finalists in each. You also can have your say, and vote for the photograph you think deserves to win the public vote.

Finalists

Landscapes

People

Wildlife

Travel Icons

Many thanks to our Travel Photo of the Year judges:

Lola Akinmade

Photographer & author

William Gray

Photographer

Paul Goldstein

Photographer & guide

Nori Jemil

Photographer

Paul Harris

Photographer

Melanie Jones

Singapore Tourist Board

George Kipouros

Wanderlust

Chair of Judges: Lyn Hughes

Wanderlust

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