2016 Travel Photographer of the Year

Joel Santos becomes the first-ever Portuguese overall winner in the 2016 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY).

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Travel Photographer of the Year 2016

Photographers from 20 countries have won awards, and the winning images will go on show at Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) exhibitions at the UK City of Culture celebrations in Hull from 18th May to 30th June 2017 and at 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich at the University of Greenwich, London from 4th August to 3rd September 2017.

Joel Santos, Portugal – Winner

Joel Santos becomes the first-ever Portuguese overall winner in the award’s 14-year history, beating photographers from 123 countries to take the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2016. His winning entry features a delicate and intimate portfolio depicting traditional fishing in Ghana and – in another first for TPOTY – an aerial portfolio captured using a drone, giving a bird’s eye view of one of the hottest places in the world, Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression.

Ashanti fisherman, Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana
Lake Bosumtwi, Ashanti, Ghana (c) Joel Santos/www.tpoty.com

The Ashanti people fish from the traditional wooden padua.

Salt Desert, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia
Salt Desert, Danakil Depression, Afar, Ethiopia (c) Joel Santos/www.tpoty.com

This unique aerial photo shows the salt miners guiding a dromedary and donkey caravan through this desert’s unique salt patterns.

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