The winners of the international Travel Photographer of the Year 2011 competition have been announced. Especially, Louis Montrose of San Diego was named the Travel Photographer of the Year for his portfolio including spectacular photos of life in a painted village in Burkino Faso and the Day of the Dead festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. This year's international panel of judges included travel and wildlife photographer Steve Bloom, Conde Nast's director of photography Caroline Metcalfe, and travel photographer Chris Coe among many others. This year's exhibition welcomed over 16,000 visitors.
Selected from thousands of entries to win the Travel Photographer of the Year Award 2011, Louis Montrose's images helped him win “two striking, and very different, portfolios; one documenting life in a painted village in Burkina Faso and the other depicting the Dia de los Muertos Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico”. Interestingly, the Young Travel Photographer of the Year award was 17-year-old German photographer Arne Hansen for his portfolio characterizing the physical impact of travel on nature whist 17 year-old British photographer, Joel Biddle, took the honors in Young TPOTY 15-18, and also won the TPOTY/Young Photographers Alliance Emerging Talent Award, for his abstract images on the category theme of "green". In addition, Italy's Edgard de Bono won the New Talent award. The winner of 2010 international Travel Photographer of the Year is Larry Louie from Canada.
This image of life in a painted village of the Gurunsi people in southern Burkina Faso brings Louis Montrose of USA the overall winner title at Travel Photographer of the Year 2011.
Louis Montrose receives a £1,000 cash bursary, plus Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium 5.5 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software and other worthy presents. Moreover, the overall winner will be given a unique personal showcase within the exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in the summer of 2012.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival photo of Louis Montrose
The other award Franco Banfi got was Spirit of Adventure portfolio category
This is the work of the winner, Young TPOTY 15-18 ‘Green’ and winner Young Photographers Alliance Award: Joel Biddle, UK, 17
The Young Travel Photographer of the Year award went to 17-year-old German photographer Arne Hansen for his portfolio depicting the physical impact of travel on nature
14 year old Seamus Crowley, USA took the honors in Young TPOTY 14 and Under ‘Green' with shots of the Irish landscape
The New Talent award was won by Italy’s Edgard de Bono
The winner, First Shot Work, Rest, Play (beginners’ single image category) is Guy Lankaster, UK
This is the work of Sheng Hong Tan from Malaysia who won First Shot Work, Rest, Play (beginners’ single image category)
In the Exotic portfolio, Malgorzata Pioro of Poland won the title
Winner, Best Single Image in the Exotic portfolio category: Yeow Kwang Yeo, Singapore
The winner of Best Single Image in a Cultures & Traditions portfolio is Philip Lee Harvey, UK
Anil Sud, Canada got the title of Natural Elements portfolio
Richard Murai, USA won Best Single Image in a Natural Elements portfolio
Travel Photographer of the Year 2011 Winners: Louis Montrose, Franco Banfi, Joel Biddle, Edgard de Bono, Malgorzata Pioro and More (Pictures)