//Finalists of the National Geographic Traveller (UK) Photography Competition 2019 announced

Finalists of the National Geographic Traveller (UK) Photography Competition 2019 announced

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced the finalists of its Photography Competition 2019, in association with Donegal Tourism.

Launched in 2011, the prestigious annual competition seeks the UK’s best new travel photography talent across five categories: Cities; Nature; People; Food; and Portfolio. The overall winner will be sent on a photographic commission for National Geographic Traveller — this year’s grand prize is a wildlife photography adventure in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains, courtesy of Tatra Photography. Furthermore, there will be a global press and media campaign to present the winning images, which will also be featured on the National Geographic Traveller website.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “At a time when we’re surrounded by travel photography, this year’s shortlist reminds us there’s so much more to using a camera than ‘point and shoot’. From documenting local customs and traditions to awe-inspiring landscapes and incredible wildlife, this year’s entrants prove once again how powerful a medium travel photography can be.”

The judging panel consisted of Emer O’Shea, landscape and wildlife photographer; Nori Jemil, travel photographer; Craig Parry, nature and adventure photographer; Ben Rowe, picture editor, Time Out; Amy Davies, features editor, Amateur Photographer; and Chris Hudson, art director, National Geographic Traveller (UK).

The finalists:


Annapurna Mellor, Taxi driver in Kolkata, India

Robert Huberman, Infinity pool over Singapore

Tse Yuk Wai, Crepuscular ray, Hong Kong



Alex Palmer, Two climbers in Yosemite Valley, California

Daniel Burton, Mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Julia Wainwright, Bald eagles in Homer, Alaska



Justin Cliffe, Dyeing wool in a Marrakech souk, Morocco

Mikael Molander, Kampala, Uganda

Sharon Kynaston, Geisha in training, Kyoto, Japan



David Fargher, Drying octopus in Skiathos, Greece

Marco Anfossi, Baking bread in Leh, India

Pablo Borrego, Kandy Central Market, Sri Lanka



Claire Waring, Rangers of Wrangel Island, Russia

Mick Ryan, The medina in Marrakech, Morocco

Simon Urwin, Pengzhen in Chengdu, China


To view the shortlist, visit: natgeotraveller.co.uk/photo-competition-2019

The winners will be announced on 26 February at an evening event at Carousel, in London’s Marylebone. The winning photos can also be seen in a photography feature in the April 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK), on sale 7 March 2019, priced £4.60.

In addition to the grand prize, the Portfolio winner wins a seven-day trip to Chamonix in France with Inghams; and the category winners each receive a Manfrotto Befree Advanced Aluminium Travel Tripod.

For high-res images for use in print/online publications, please contact editorial@natgeotraveller.co.uk

Headline sponsor

Donegal Tourism

Ireland’s wild, rugged northwest county, Donegal made it into National Geographic Traveller’s Cool List in 2017 for good reason. Donegal Tourism is dedicated to promoting and marketing the county, locally, nationally and internationally. govisitdonegal.com

Photography Partner 2018/19

CEWE Photoworld

CEWE Photoworld is part of Europe’s largest photo company, producing millions of photo products each year, including CEWE PHOTOBOOK. cewe-photoworld.com


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