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The beautiful profitable photos within the 2021 Journey Photographer of the Yr awards

From beguiling footage of Alaskan mountains and Louisiana swamps, to beautiful wildlife photos taken in Kenya and Canada and mesmerising depictions of life in Syria, North Korea and Turkey, behold the profitable photos within the 2021 international Journey Photographer of the Yr awards.

Some 20,000 photos have been submitted by photographers in 151 nations, with the judges declaring that they current ‘a various and wonderful view of life on our planet’.

The general winner – the Journey Photographer of the Yr 2021 – is Fortunato Gatto, an Italian who’s been based mostly in Scotland since 2007. A few of his entries present a ‘assembly of the seasons’ in Alaska that ‘draw you in, with an exquisite sense of place, to considered one of earth’s most stunning distant locations’.

The profitable pictures – which might all be seen within the on-line winners’ gallery on tpoty.com – will go on show in a free-to-view out of doors exhibition in Granary Sq. close to London’s King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, in April and Might 2022.

TPOTY founder Chris Coe mentioned: ‘The profitable photos and people obtained from all entrants, are testomony to the tenacity, creativity and ingenuity of travelling photographers. [This year] is TPOTY’s twentieth award and we look ahead to celebrating much more of the most effective travel-related images from world wide.’

Scroll down for MailOnline Journey’s decide of the bunch… 

This vibrant landscape shot, captured by overall winner Fortunato Gatto, shows the Polychrome Pass, a steep road in Alaska's Denali National Park. 'I took this picture just before a grizzly bear showed up,' Gatto reveals. 'The fresh snow covering the mountains in the background was the perfect frame for this special meeting between autumn and winter'

This vibrant panorama shot, captured by general winner Fortunato Gatto, reveals the Polychrome Cross, a steep street in Alaska’s Denali Nationwide Park. ‘I took this image simply earlier than a grizzly bear confirmed up,’ Gatto reveals. ‘The recent snow masking the mountains within the background was the proper body for this particular assembly between autumn and winter’

Another breathtaking shot of the Denali National Park taken by overall winner Gatto. He recalls: 'Between the colourful tundra and the almost black-and-white mountains there lay a dense stripe of mist. I tried to portray the landscape in three different stripes. Tundra on the lower part, mist in the centre and the mountains on top.' According to the photographer, the conditions created a 'different and mystical view of the landscape'

One other breathtaking shot of the Denali Nationwide Park taken by general winner Gatto. He recollects: ‘Between the colorful tundra and the just about black-and-white mountains there lay a dense stripe of mist. I attempted to painting the panorama in three completely different stripes. Tundra on the decrease half, mist within the centre and the mountains on prime.’ Based on the photographer, the circumstances created a ‘completely different and mystical view of the panorama’

This beautiful picture was captured by the overall winner of the Young Travel Photographer of the Year award, US photographer Jai Shet. The 18-year-old angled his camera on a cluster of trees in Magnolia Ridge Park in Woodville, Texas, capturing the 'bright reds' of autumn in this shot. who loves visiting lesser-known locations in the US,It's part of a wider series of forest images taken during different seasons of the year

This stunning image was captured by the general winner of the Younger Journey Photographer of the Yr award, US photographer Jai Shet. On this shot, the 18-year-old, who loves visiting lesser-known places within the US, captured the ‘vibrant reds’ of the timber throughout autumn in Magnolia Ridge Park in Woodville, Texas. It is a part of a wider collection of forest photos taken throughout completely different seasons of the 12 months

This is a rustic shot of a building in the historic district of Mormon Row, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. It was taken by 16-year-old Tevin Kim, who was named the Young Travel Photographer of the Year in the 15 to 18-year-old category. Describing this picture, which was captured last August, he says: 'Normally, the vast landscape of the sharp, layered Teton mountains would be visible in the background of each of these photos. However, due to the wildfires that were raging in the western United States when this photo was taken, the mountains are practically invisible'

It is a rustic shot of a constructing within the historic district of Mormon Row, Grand Teton Nationwide Park, Wyoming. It was taken by 16-year-old Tevin Kim, who was named the Younger Journey Photographer of the Yr within the 15 to 18-year-old class. Describing this image, which was captured final August, he says: ‘Usually, the huge panorama of the sharp, layered Teton mountains can be seen within the background of every of those photographs. Nonetheless, as a result of wildfires that have been raging within the western United States when this photograph was taken, the mountains are virtually invisible’

The swamps of Mooringsport, Louisiana, were the setting for this striking shot, taken by US photographer Nayana Rajesh, who was a runner-up in the 15 to 18-year-old category for the Young Travel Photographer of the Year award. Rajesh, 17, says: 'The Cypress swamps are an enchanting place with the Spanish moss adorning the bald Cypress trees like a wedding veil on a bride.' She says that what remained of the autumnal leaves stood out in the 'cold November fog, seemingly defiant in the face of adversity'

The swamps of Mooringsport, Louisiana, have been the setting for this putting shot, taken by US photographer Nayana Rajesh, who was a runner-up within the 15 to 18-year-old class for the Younger Journey Photographer of the Yr award. Rajesh, 17, says: ‘The Cypress swamps are a fascinating place with the Spanish moss adorning the bald Cypress timber like a marriage veil on a bride.’ She says that what remained of the autumnal leaves stood out within the ‘chilly November fog, seemingly defiant within the face of adversity’

Irish photographer Indigo Larmour, aged just 13, was behind the lens for this dramatic shot, taken in the UAE city of Al Dhaid. Larmour was awarded the Young Travel Photographer of the Year award in the 14-years-and-under category. She says of this shot: 'Most average-sized towns in the United Arab Emirates have a camel race track, and camels of different ages run races of different lengths. Camels are raced with a mechanical jockey, which is controlled by the owner of the camel, who drives along the side of the track shouting commands through a walkie-talkie'

Irish photographer Indigo Larmour, aged simply 13, was behind the lens for this dramatic shot, taken within the UAE metropolis of Al Dhaid. Larmour was awarded the Younger Journey Photographer of the Yr award within the 14-years-and-under class. She says of this shot: ‘Most average-sized cities within the United Arab Emirates have a camel race observe, and camels of various ages run races of various lengths. Camels are raced with a mechanical jockey, which is managed by the proprietor of the camel, who drives alongside the aspect of the observe shouting instructions by means of a walkie-talkie’

'This large, lone elephant surprised us first thing in the morning.' So writes Spanish photographer Miguel Sanchez Garcia of this beautiful shot, which was taken in Tanzania, near the Kenyan border. Garcia, aged 12, was the runner-up in the Young Travel Photographer of the Year award in the 14-years-and-under category

‘This massive, lone elephant stunned us very first thing within the morning.’ So writes Spanish photographer Miguel Sanchez Garcia of this stunning shot, which was taken in Tanzania, close to the Kenyan border. Garcia, aged 12, was the runner-up within the Younger Journey Photographer of the Yr award within the 14-years-and-under class

Italian photographer Alessandro Bergamini topped the podium in the Best Eight Portfolio category, with this picture, taken in Srinagar, India, one of his captivating entries. He says: 'Among the high Himalayan mountain range in Kashmir, shepherds lead their flocks through incredible landscapes and along winding paths, in search of valleys full of green grass before the arrival of winter'

Italian photographer Alessandro Bergamini topped the rostrum within the Finest Eight Portfolio class, with this image, taken in Srinagar, India, considered one of his charming entries. He says: ‘Among the many excessive Himalayan mountain vary in Kashmir, shepherds lead their flocks by means of unimaginable landscapes and alongside winding paths, searching for valleys stuffed with inexperienced grass earlier than the arrival of winter’

Gouganebarra in County Cork, Ireland, was the setting for this enchanting picture. It was snared by Trevor Cole, the runner-up in the Best Eight Portfolio category. Describing the image, the Irish photographer says that the 'colours of Ireland manifested in the autumnal reflections' of the water. He adds: 'People are an integral part of the history and geography of Ireland and their ancient bloodlines are a part of this'

Gouganebarra in County Cork, Eire, was the setting for this enchanting image. It was snared by Trevor Cole, the runner-up within the Finest Eight Portfolio class. Describing the picture, the Irish photographer says that the ‘colors of Eire manifested within the autumnal reflections’ of the water. He provides: ‘Individuals are an integral a part of the historical past and geography of Eire and their historic bloodlines are part of this’

Above is the winner of the 'Best Single Image in a Best Eight Portfolio' category, captured by Belgian photographer Alain Schroeder. It was taken in the village of Uzgen, in Kyrgyzstan's Osh region. Sharing the story of the image, Schroeder explains: 'A wealthy local man has organised a massive game of Alaman-Ulak (a freestyle version of the national sport, Kok Buru – known by some as "dead goat polo") to celebrate the 13th birthday of his son.' The picture shows men on horseback pushing and shoving one another in the 'fight for possession of a young 60kg bull'

Above is the winner of the ‘Finest Single Picture in a Finest Eight Portfolio’ class, captured by Belgian photographer Alain Schroeder. It was taken within the village of Uzgen, in Kyrgyzstan’s Osh area. Sharing the story of the picture, Schroeder explains: ‘A rich native man has organised an enormous recreation of Alaman-Ulak (a freestyle model of the nationwide sport, Kok Buru – identified by some as “lifeless goat polo”) to have fun the thirteenth birthday of his son.’ The image reveals males on horseback pushing and shoving each other within the ‘struggle for possession of a younger 60kg bull’

Another picture from Schroeder that also received a 'special mention'. It was snared in the small village of Buvrinnes, Belgium. He says: 'A group of Gilles [men in traditional carnival costumes] are peeing in the snow. The costume of the Gilles is very famous in Belgian carnivals. This character can be seen every weekend during the carnival season in very small villages, where he is the main attraction'

One other image from Schroeder that additionally obtained a ‘particular point out’. It was snared within the small village of Buvrinnes, Belgium. He says: ‘A bunch of Gilles [men in traditional carnival costumes] are peeing within the snow. The costume of the Gilles could be very well-known in Belgian carnivals. This character will be seen each weekend in the course of the carnival season in very small villages, the place he’s the principle attraction’

Schroeder was also responsible for this spectacular 'special mention' shot. It was taken at the Taekwando Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, and shows a 'group of athletes simultaneously execute a "tul", a series of offensive and defensive techniques against one or several virtual adversaries'

Schroeder was additionally chargeable for this spectacular ‘particular point out’ shot. It was taken on the Taekwando Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, and reveals a ‘group of athletes concurrently execute a “tul”, a collection of offensive and defensive strategies towards one or a number of digital adversaries’

A fourth shot by Schroeder, which won the 'One Shot - Icons of Travel' category. Describing what's happening in the picture, which was also taken in Pyongyang, he says: 'An old woman walks under the Mansudae Grand Monument with its 22m-high bronze statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il while a group of students listens to their teacher'

A fourth shot by Schroeder, which received the ‘One Shot – Icons of Journey’ class. Describing what’s taking place within the image, which was additionally taken in Pyongyang, he says: ‘An previous lady walks beneath the Mansudae Grand Monument with its 22m-high bronze statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il whereas a bunch of scholars listens to their instructor’

This mesmerising shot was awarded a 'special mention' by the judges. Photographer Richard Li, who is from Hong Kong, explains that he took the picture in Masai Mara, Kenya, when he 'encountered a group of lions on a rainy day'. He says: 'It's good to take photos of them shaking off the water on their heads - the expression of this young lion is really interesting'

This mesmerising shot was awarded a ‘particular point out’ by the judges. Photographer Richard Li, who’s from Hong Kong, explains that he took the image in Masai Mara, Kenya, when he ‘encountered a bunch of lions on a wet day’. He says: ‘It is good to take photographs of them shaking off the water on their heads – the expression of this younger lion is de facto attention-grabbing’

Bulgarian photographer Vladimir Karamazov turned his lens on Reine in Norway's Lofoten archipelago for this atmospheric shot, which got a 'special mention' in the contest. He says: 'I was shooting something else when I turned to see the sun begin to pass across the roofs of the houses. I didn't have time to adjust the camera settings and only had about 10 seconds, in which I took five shots. I caught the light!'

Bulgarian photographer Vladimir Karamazov turned his lens on Reine in Norway’s Lofoten archipelago for this atmospheric shot, which acquired a ‘particular point out’ within the contest. He says: ‘I used to be taking pictures one thing else once I turned to see the solar start to go throughout the roofs of the homes. I did not have time to regulate the digital camera settings and solely had about 10 seconds, through which I took 5 pictures. I caught the sunshine!’

This impressive shot, which got a 'special mention', shows the 'arduous journey' of sheep herds in Bitlis, Turkey. Sharing the backstory to the photograph, Turkish photographer F Dilek Uyar says: 'Sheep herds travel this dusty path to reach the highlands where they graze until the middle of July. The number of such herds in Bitlis is decreasing day by day. Animal owners who cannot receive state aid turn to other sources of income by selling their animals. It’s unlikely that such photographs will be possible after the next five years'

This spectacular shot, which acquired a ‘particular point out’, reveals the ‘arduous journey’ of sheep herds in Bitlis, Turkey. Sharing the backstory to the {photograph}, Turkish photographer F Dilek Uyar says: ‘Sheep herds journey this dusty path to succeed in the highlands the place they graze till the center of July. The variety of such herds in Bitlis is reducing day-to-day. Animal homeowners who can’t obtain state support flip to different sources of revenue by promoting their animals. It’s unlikely that such images will likely be attainable after the following 5 years’

Another 'special mention' was given to this close-up shot of a grizzly bear in Ni'iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park in Yukon, Canada. Swiss photographer Marko Dimitrijevic says: 'On the Arctic Circle there is a place in Northern Yukon where the Fishing Branch River doesn't freeze in the winter. Here, grizzly bears continue to chase salmon way past any other place in Canada. With temperatures reaching -30C, their wet fur instantly freezes when they get out of the river.' Recalling the moment he took the shot, he adds: 'This bear was walking head down when he noticed me. For a second, he looked at me, quickly assessing if I was a threat or a meal. Deciding that I was neither he continued his walk, passing within a few metres of me'

One other ‘particular point out’ was given to this close-up shot of a grizzly bear in Ni’iinlii Njik (Fishing Department) Territorial Park in Yukon, Canada. Swiss photographer Marko Dimitrijevic says: ‘On the Arctic Circle there’s a place in Northern Yukon the place the Fishing Department River does not freeze within the winter. Right here, grizzly bears proceed to chase salmon well beyond another place in Canada. With temperatures reaching -30C, their moist fur immediately freezes after they get out of the river.’ Recalling the second he took the shot, he provides: ‘This bear was strolling head down when he seen me. For a second, he checked out me, shortly assessing if I used to be a menace or a meal. Deciding that I used to be neither he continued his stroll, passing inside just a few metres of me’

This shot is from a series by UK photographer Sophie Carr, which was a runner-up in the 'Landscapes and Adventure Portfolio' category. It shows a bird flying over incredible waves on a very stormy day on Reynisfjara Beach in southern Iceland

This shot is from a collection by UK photographer Sophie Carr, which was a runner-up within the ‘Landscapes and Journey Portfolio’ class. It reveals a fowl flying over unimaginable waves on a really stormy day on Reynisfjara Seashore in southern Iceland

Yet another spectacular shot from Carr's portfolio, again showing a stormy Reynisfjara Beach

One more spectacular shot from Carr’s portfolio, once more exhibiting a stormy Reynisfjara Seashore

This is the 'Best Single Image in a Landscapes & Adventure Portfolio'. It was snapped by British photographer Pally Learmond, and shows the Haines area of Alaska. 'Due to the close proximity of the Pacific Ocean, snow sticks to the mountains of southeast Alaska like nowhere else on earth,' Learmond explains. 'This creates a phenomenon called "spines", which form on top of the normally steep and rocky mountain faces. This provides professional freeride skiers with a playground like no other.' He adds: 'In this photo, Austrian professional freeskier Fabian Lentsch lets it all go on a mountain face called "Dirty Needle"'

That is the ‘Finest Single Picture in a Landscapes & Journey Portfolio’. It was snapped by British photographer Pally Learmond, and reveals the Haines space of Alaska. ‘As a result of shut proximity of the Pacific Ocean, snow sticks to the mountains of southeast Alaska like nowhere else on earth,’ Learmond explains. ‘This creates a phenomenon referred to as “spines”, which type on prime of the usually steep and rocky mountain faces. This gives skilled freeride skiers with a playground like no different.’ He provides: ‘On this photograph, Austrian skilled freeskier Fabian Lentsch lets all of it go on a mountain face referred to as “Soiled Needle”‘

Above is the Stromboli volcano in Italy's Aeolian Islands, captured through Spanish photographer Javier Sanchez Martinez's lens. The picture, which got a 'special mention' in the contest, shows the summit of Stromboli, with the Mediterranean in the background - complete with a boat lighting up the water. The photographer says: 'When it gets dark, you only need to wait about 15 or 20 minutes for the eruptions that recur during the night'

Above is the Stromboli volcano in Italy’s Aeolian Islands, captured by means of Spanish photographer Javier Sanchez Martinez’s lens. The image, which acquired a ‘particular point out’ within the contest, reveals the summit of Stromboli, with the Mediterranean within the background – full with a ship lighting up the water. The photographer says: ‘When it will get darkish, you solely want to attend about 15 or 20 minutes for the eruptions that recur in the course of the night time’

This photo was taken by Canadian photographer Anil Sud, whose portfolio was awarded runner-up status in the Living World Portfolio category. Captured in Antarctica, it shows 'a lone penguin' navigating the 'penguin highways to return to the colony'

This photograph was taken by Canadian photographer Anil Sud, whose portfolio was awarded runner-up standing within the Dwelling World Portfolio class. Captured in Antarctica, it reveals ‘a lone penguin’ navigating the ‘penguin highways to return to the colony’

A second stunning shot from Sud's portfolio, this time showing a penguin and guano - the excrement of seabirds - in Cuverville Island, Antarctica

A second beautiful shot from Sud’s portfolio, this time exhibiting a penguin and guano – the excrement of seabirds – in Cuverville Island, Antarctica

A third and final shot from Sud's wonderful body of work. Again taken in Antarctica, it shows a porpoising [moving through the water] penguin

A 3rd and last shot from Sud’s fantastic physique of labor. Once more taken in Antarctica, it reveals a porpoising [moving through the water] penguin

This is one of several photos taken by Portuguese photographer Jose Fragozo, whose entries were highly commended in the Living World Portfolio category. The poignant shot was captured in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Fragozo says: 'After a long walk, a pride of lions rests on a surviving patch of grass after a fire destroyed most of their territory. This photo was taken from a safari vehicle with a camera on an extended monopod'

That is considered one of a number of photographs taken by Portuguese photographer Jose Fragozo, whose entries have been extremely recommended within the Dwelling World Portfolio class. The poignant shot was captured in Masai Mara Nationwide Reserve, Kenya. Fragozo says: ‘After a protracted stroll, a satisfaction of lions rests on a surviving patch of grass after a fireplace destroyed most of their territory. This photograph was taken from a safari automobile with a digital camera on an prolonged monopod’

A second awe-inspiring shot by Fragozo, this time showing a cheetah in the Masai Mara National Reserve. 'Cheetahs sometimes roll on the savannah grass to relieve the itching caused by different types of parasites,' he says, adding: 'This image was taken with a trap camera hidden on a tree and operated from a distance'

A second awe-inspiring shot by Fragozo, this time exhibiting a cheetah within the Masai Mara Nationwide Reserve. ‘Cheetahs typically roll on the savannah grass to alleviate the itching brought on by several types of parasites,’ he says, including: ‘This picture was taken with a entice digital camera hidden on a tree and operated from a distance’

Another incredible image from Fragozo's series on the Masai Mara National Reserve. Describing this shot, he says: 'An eye blinked in the drought-stricken mud pool as the hippopotamus emerged to take a breath. Having observed hippos for years, I knew that they only come up for air every three to five minutes'

One other unimaginable picture from Fragozo’s collection on the Masai Mara Nationwide Reserve. Describing this shot, he says: ‘A watch blinked within the drought-stricken mud pool because the hippopotamus emerged to take a breath. Having noticed hippos for years, I knew that they solely come up for air each three to 5 minutes’

This fascinating image is from Viet Van Tran's portfolio, which was a runner-up in the 'People and Their Stories Portfolio' category. It shows Mr Trinh Ngoc, a shoemaker in Saigon, who is still working at the age of 90. The photographer says: 'He studied at L’Ecole ABC De Dessin School in Paris. For decades, Mr Trinh Ngoc made shoes for the Royal Cambodian royal family from the Queen to Prince Sihanouk and for many famous Vietnamese singers'

This fascinating picture is from Viet Van Tran’s portfolio, which was a runner-up within the ‘Folks and Their Tales Portfolio’ class. It reveals Mr Trinh Ngoc, a shoemaker in Saigon, who continues to be working on the age of 90. The photographer says: ‘He studied at L’Ecole ABC De Dessin College in Paris. For many years, Mr Trinh Ngoc made footwear for the Royal Cambodian royal household from the Queen to Prince Sihanouk and for a lot of well-known Vietnamese singers’

The top prize in the 'One Shot - Green Planet' category went to this jarring picture by Norwegian photographer Johnny Haglund, taken in Belem, Brazil. Shedding light on the picture, Haglund says: 'At low tide all the garbage that has been thrown into the sea is exposed. A man walks here trying to find something valuable, such as bottles, cans and more'

The highest prize within the ‘One Shot – Inexperienced Planet’ class went to this jarring image by Norwegian photographer Johnny Haglund, taken in Belem, Brazil. Shedding mild on the image, Haglund says: ‘At low tide all the rubbish that has been thrown into the ocean is uncovered. A person walks right here looking for one thing precious, akin to bottles, cans and extra’

The gold medal in the 'One Shot - As Shot' category went to this incredible picture by Mouneb Taim, taken in the city of Idlib in the photographer's native Syria. 'This Syrian neighbourhood was famous before the war as the scene of mass breakfasts every Ramadan. The population was displaced during the war, due to heavy bombing. They eventually returned after a period of relative calm, but the neighbourhood was almost completely destroyed, so now the people of Idlib break their fast together among the destruction of their city instead'

The gold medal within the ‘One Shot – As Shot’ class went to this unimaginable image by Mouneb Taim, taken within the metropolis of Idlib within the photographer’s native Syria. ‘This Syrian neighbourhood was well-known earlier than the conflict because the scene of mass breakfasts each Ramadan. The inhabitants was displaced in the course of the conflict, on account of heavy bombing. They finally returned after a interval of relative calm, however the neighbourhood was nearly fully destroyed, so now the folks of Idlib break their quick collectively among the many destruction of their metropolis as a substitute’

This remarkable picture was commended in the 'One Shot - As Shot' category and shows people making their way down to Melasti Beach in Ungasan, Bali, for the Melasti Ceremony. Indonesian photographer Jason Hioe, who secured the shot, says: 'The Melasti Ceremony is an important Hindu Balinese purification ceremony - the biggest in this religion and carried out throughout the country. In this image great numbers of people make their way down the cliff to Melasti Beach, where the ceremony will take place, presided over by a priest'

This exceptional image was recommended within the ‘One Shot – As Shot’ class and reveals folks making their method all the way down to Melasti Seashore in Ungasan, Bali, for the Melasti Ceremony. Indonesian photographer Jason Hioe, who secured the shot, says: ‘The Melasti Ceremony is a vital Hindu Balinese purification ceremony – the most important on this faith and carried out all through the nation. On this picture nice numbers of individuals make their method down the cliff to Melasti Seashore, the place the ceremony will happen, presided over by a priest’ 

This is the runner-up in the iTravelled - Phone/Tablet Single Image category, taken in the town of Uttara, Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was captured by Bangladeshi photographer Mithail Afrige Chowdhury, who says: 'The train stops for just a minute and the volume of passengers was high compared to its capacity, so passengers were getting down from the roof and windows. This is an everyday scenario, even though passengers are often injured from doing this'

That is the runner-up within the iTravelled – Telephone/Pill Single Picture class, taken within the city of Uttara, Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was captured by Bangladeshi photographer Mithail Afrige Chowdhury, who says: ‘The practice stops for only a minute and the amount of passengers was excessive in comparison with its capability, so passengers have been getting down from the roof and home windows. That is an on a regular basis state of affairs, although passengers are sometimes injured from doing this’ 

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