30 Winning Pictures From The 2022 Travel Photographer Of The Year Awards

The winners of the annual Travel Photographer of the Year contest have been released. Out of the 20,000 submissions, the snapshots of one of the world’s last two remaining Northern White rhinos bagged the top price.

Captured by Matjaz Krivic, judges were amazed at how he was able to tell the sad story of the animals’ existence as they try to survive and hopefully revive their species from near extinction. “Kenya tells this sad story beautifully and sensitively. The images are tender and intimate,” the judges of the competition stated.

Krivic is a documentary photographer with over 25 years of experience in traveling around the world and capturing different stories of people and places. He is currently immersed in showing environmental issues and advocating for a better future.

The set of winning photos was not his first entry to the contest. According to Travel Photographer of the Year, the artist has entered every year since it was established in 2003.

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#1 Overall Winner: Travel Photographer Of The Year 2022: Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Overall Winner: Travel Photographer Of The Year 2022: Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Nanyuki, Kenya:

Najin 33 one of the last two Northern White rhinos left in the world resting under a hot afternoon sun with her friend and caretaker Zachary Mutai in Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The northern white rhino is all but extinct. The two last males died several years ago. The two females are still with us, but too feeble to bear babies. In an Italian lab, their eggs are now artificially fertilized by sperm from the late males, and kept at minus 196 celsius, in hopes that surrogate rhinos from another sub species can carry the northern white back from the brink.

As mentioned before, Matjaz Krivic, a photographer from Slovenia, has won the Travel Photographer of the Year 2022 award. His photographs of Najin, one of the world’s last two remaining Northern White rhinos, and her keeper Zachary Mutai at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya are touching and evoke deep emotions. In addition, his images of the ongoing eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands serve as a striking reminder of the power of nature.

#2 The Art Of Monochrome, Runner-Up: Dana Allen, USA

The Art Of Monochrome, Runner-Up: Dana Allen, USA

On the Barents Sea, somewhere above the Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Northern Norway: A Polar bear studies a slight movement of my camera.

#3 Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Scott Portelli, Australia

Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Scott Portelli, Australia

Antarctica: Adelie penguin chicks find refuge in an intricate tunnel system calved into nearby icebergs. Using these passageways to avoid predators, they group together for safety. Leopard seals patrol the surrounding waters, while skuas survey the vulnerable chicks from above.

Chris Coe, the founder of TPOTY, expressed his admiration for the latest winners, stating that their images are a captivating collection, featuring a range of styles from powerful to subtle, sensitive, and beautiful, capturing every aspect of travel photography from around the world. The collection focuses on conservation and sustainability, demonstrating how photography can create awareness of the challenges that our planet faces. He also mentioned that he is particularly happy for the overall winner, Matjaz, who has been participating in the contest since its inception in 2003 and has won several individual category awards over the past two decades, and now has finally won the grand prize in the 20th year.

#4 Winner: Best Single Image In A Green Planet, Blue Planet Portfolio: Panos Laskarakis, Greece

Winner: Best Single Image In A Green Planet, Blue Planet Portfolio: Panos Laskarakis, Greece

Okavango Delta, Botswana: A large male lion peers through the remains of a buffalo killed the day before.

#5 Water, Commended: Weizhong Deng, Singapore

Water, Commended: Weizhong Deng, Singapore

Isa city, Kagoshima, Japan: On this day, temperatures dipped below freezing point. I was initially disappointed to see the entire Sogi-No-Taki Waterfall covered with a thick mist upon arriving before dawn. I decided to try my luck and waited. Fortunately, when the sun rose, it lit up the falls beautifully and cleared away some of the mist.

Matjaz Krivic expressed his gratitude for being recognized and appreciated by the judges of the Travel Photographer of the Year contest. He holds the competition in high esteem, as it holds a special place in his heart since he was awarded the Judges’ Favourite Award in its inaugural year in 2003. Winning the highest honor after 20 years means a lot to him, and he is proud of it. Matjaz has been passionate about travel and photography since he can remember, and this award has motivated him to continue his journey. He also congratulated the other winners and thanked his friends and supporters who inspire and encourage him to keep exploring the world.

#6 The Art Of Monochrome, Special Mention: Quim Fàbregas Elias, Spain

The Art Of Monochrome, Special Mention: Quim Fàbregas Elias, Spain

Pongo-Songo, Republic of Cameroon: Chimpanzees in Cameroon are under constant threat from poaching for bush meat, by deforestation and by trafficking in the babies. Pongo-Songo island is a sanctuary on the Sanaga river, managed by Papaye, France, where rescued injured and orphaned chimpanzees are able to roam freely and safely in their natural habitat.

#7 The Art Of Monochrome, Runner-Up: Dana Allen, USA

The Art Of Monochrome, Runner-Up: Dana Allen, USA

Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana: A lone Burchell’s Zebra crosses the dry Makgadikgadi salt pans.

Matjaz Krivic, as the winner of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2022, has been awarded various prizes including the new Fujifilm X100V camera, a cash bursary of £1000 from TPOTY, a personalized leather portfolio book or iFolio from Plastic Sandwich, Radiant Photo imaging software, membership of the Royal Photographic Society, and Tonic magazine. On the other hand, Cale Cole, who won the Young Travel Photographer of the Year, will receive £500 from TPOTY, a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book or iFolio, a place on a Photo Iconic Photography course, as well as Royal Photographic Society membership and Radiant Photo imaging software.

#8 Water, Winner: Alexej Sachov, Germany

Water, Winner: Alexej Sachov, Germany

Marsa Alam, Egypt: Mobius loop underwater. Most wave photographs are taken above water from a shore. This image was taken on a scuba dive during the storm. The picture does not fit ordinary underwater photography because it investigates the surface and not the deep of the sea. This is the view normally seen by underwater creatures who are curious about the world beyond their natural environment just as humans are curious
about the world under the surface.

#9 Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Xianghe Liu, China

Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Xianghe Liu, China

Shaoyang City, Hunan Province, China: The wonderful moment when a Mountain Bulbul picks wild berries.

#10 Winner, Best Single Image In A Deserts To Rainforests Portfolio: John Seager, UK

Winner, Best Single Image In A Deserts To Rainforests Portfolio: John Seager, UK

Salar de Arizaro, Puna de Argentina, Argentina: ‘El Cono Arita’, a spectacular geological formation where erosion has shaped an almost perfect cone that seems to be lost in a vast desert of the Salar de Arizaro. Using a drone, I was able to capture the magnificent shadow of Arita on this beautiful, cloudless evening.

#11 Winner, The Art Of Monochrome, Roie Galitz, Israel

Winner, The Art Of Monochrome, Roie Galitz, Israel

Kennedybukta, Svalbard, Norway: Not everything is great in the polar bear realm. This starving polar bear mother and her two young cubs hadn’t eaten anything in a long time, since the ice melted sooner than before. Due to the extreme starvation, the mother’s milk has dried out long ago and two days after this photo was taken,we heard reports that both cubs died. This image is a testimony of climate change’s impact.

#12 Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Yaron Schmid, USA

Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Yaron Schmid, USA

Stratford, Connecticut, USA: Capturing a snowy owl in the snow was a dream shot for me, and after multiple failed attempts, I finally managed to capture one. After watching her for a few hours from a safe distance, she finally flew into the snowstorm leaving me
with a personal favourite shot.

#13 The Art Of Monochrome, Runner-Up: Dana Allen, USA

The Art Of Monochrome, Runner-Up: Dana Allen, USA

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe: An African elephant among the herd.

#14 Green Planet, Blue Planet, Runner-Up: Kazuaki Koseki, Japan

Green Planet, Blue Planet, Runner-Up: Kazuaki Koseki, Japan

Yamagata, Japan: Fallen trees becomes nurseries for living things, such as fireflies, and the richness of the forest circulates through repeated regeneration. This image was taken with 10 multiple exposures inside the camera.

#15 Winner, The Art Of Monochrome, Roie Galitz, Israel

Winner, The Art Of Monochrome, Roie Galitz, Israel

Dickson Fjorden, Svalbard, Norway: Arctic Foxes are the ultimate survivors of the high Arctic. They don’t have the body mass of the polar bears or the walruses, so they must put their trust in the most insulating fur in the animal kingdom. This curious fox was interested in my camera. In his eyes’ reflection, you can actually see me and the snowmobiles of the expedition I was leading.

#16 The Art Of Monochrome, Special Mention: Artur Stankiewicz, Poland

The Art Of Monochrome, Special Mention: Artur Stankiewicz, Poland

Northern Serengeti/Tanzania: Dramatic wildebeest crossing of the Mara river in northern Serengeti. The vast number of animals raised massive dust clouds as they crossed.

#17 Cultures, Special Mention: Michael Runkel, Germany

Cultures, Special Mention: Michael Runkel, Germany

An unnamed shabono village of the Yanomani people in southern Venezuela: Young Yanomami children form a circle in the middle of their shabono, a traditional communal housing. The Yanomanis are indigenous people who live in some 250-300 villages in the Amazon rainforest along the border between Venezuela and Brazil.

#18 Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Yaron Schmid, USA

Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Yaron Schmid, USA

Samburu, Kenya: A group of endangered Grevy’s zebras.

#19 Smart Shot: Itravelled, Highly Commended: Dimitar Karanikolov, Bulgaria/UK

Smart Shot: Itravelled, Highly Commended: Dimitar Karanikolov, Bulgaria/UK

Vik, Iceland: I traveled to Iceland in July 2021. As Iceland to me is the most otherworldly-looking place on the planet I bought a special prop with me – an astronaut costume and helmet. The Vik beach looks like a scene straight from ‘Interstellar’ and I asked a friend to put on the costume and we started walking as all the other tourists around started smiling and taking pictures of him. I did many shots with pro cameras at this spot, but this iPhone photo is my favorite.

#20 Deserts To Rainforests, Runner-Up: Marek Biegalski, Poland

Deserts To Rainforests, Runner-Up: Marek Biegalski, Poland

Iceland: Glacial rivers become visible only when you are high up in the sky. They’re called ‘braided river systems, as they often resemble an intricate jumble of patterns, intertwining in an almost inexplicable fashion and colours.

#21 Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Jason Edwards, Australia

Green Planet, Blue Planet, Special Mention: Jason Edwards, Australia

Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake, Tambopata National Reserve, Peru: A Black-skinned Parrot Snake draping its elongated body over a branch above an oxbow lake. I always take the time to search trees overhanging rivers and lakes, as wildlife use these transition zones to hunt and rest.

#22 Deserts To Rainforests, Highly Commended: Stephan Fürnrohr, Germany

Deserts To Rainforests, Highly Commended: Stephan Fürnrohr, Germany

West Greenland / Disko Bay Area Greenland: Year after year the same natural spectacle takes place on the Greenland Icecap. As the summer approaches, large meltwater lakes appear at the edge of the icet, which are drained towards the sea by a network of streams, rivers and crevasses. The water filters all spectral colours from daylight until only blue tones remain, which are scattered and reflected on the icy bottom of the lakes. All photos were taken from within a small plane.

#23 Deserts To Rainforests, Runner-Up: Marek Biegalski, Poland

Deserts To Rainforests, Runner-Up: Marek Biegalski, Poland

Iceland: Glacial rivers become visible only when you are high up in the sky. They’re called ‘braided river systems, as they often resemble an intricate jumble of patterns, intertwining in an almost inexplicable fashion and colours.

#24 Cultures, Highly Commended: Athanasios Maloukos, Greece

Cultures, Highly Commended: Athanasios Maloukos, Greece

Canosa di Puglia, Italy: La Desolata, is one of the most poignant processions in the Christian world during Holy Week, in the village of Canosa di Puglia, Italy.

#25 Overall Winner: Travel Photographer Of The Year 2022: Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Overall Winner: Travel Photographer Of The Year 2022: Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

El Paso, La Palma, Spain: As the new vent opened lava found new ways down the mountain, destroying new houses in the neighborhood of El Paso on November 30th. The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma Island is the island’s longest-running volcano eruption. Huge rivers of lava and enormous amounts of continuously falling volcanic ash have transformed this Spanish holiday paradise. 7000 people have been evacuated; more than 1700 buildings were destroyed by the volcano. Strong earthquakes and permanent tremors were traumatizing the local population.

#26 The Art Of Monochrome, Special Mention: Donell Gumiran, Philippines

The Art Of Monochrome, Special Mention: Donell Gumiran, Philippines

Kalash Valley, Chitral, Pakistan: The Kalasha are a Dardic indigenous people, considered unique among the peoples of Pakistan. Their richly embroidered clothes serve as the most obvious symbol of identity for the Kalash community.

#27 Deserts To Rainforests, Winner: Jaroslav Hora, Czech Republic

Deserts To Rainforests, Winner: Jaroslav Hora, Czech Republic

Sesriem, Namib desert, Namibia: Curves of the Namib desert. The photo series was created in Namibia in the Namib desert using a helicopter. During the flight I tried to capture the unusual shapes created by the sun, light and shadow, along with the sand dunes.

#28 Cultures, Special Mention: Katy Gomez Catalina, Spain

Cultures, Special Mention: Katy Gomez Catalina, Spain

Southeast Cameroon: A diminutive, graceful figure appears from the jungle, a faint accent of colour in a vanishing world. For thousands of years Baka pygmies have lived in harmony with magnificent jungles in southeast Cameroon, but within a generation much of their unique lifestyle will be gone forever due to deforestation and industrial interests, the policies of sedentarization and preservation of protected areas that has forced them to abandon their traditional life.

#29 Water, Runner-Up: Jochen Bongaerts, Belgium

Water, Runner-Up: Jochen Bongaerts, Belgium

Brekkuskógur, Iceland: An aerial view of Bruarfoss, often called Iceland’s bluest
waterfall, showing the flow of glacial water through the river.

#30 Overall Winner: Travel Photographer Of The Year 2022: Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Overall Winner: Travel Photographer Of The Year 2022: Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

Tacande, La Palma, Spain: Footage of a ravaged mountainside with a single tree withstanding the lava flow. The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma Island is the island’s longest-running volcano eruption. Huge rivers of lava and enormous amounts of continuously falling volcanic ash have transformed this Spanish holiday paradise. 7000 people have been evacuated; more than 1700 buildings were destroyed by the volcano. Strong earthquakes and permanent tremors were traumatizing the local population.

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