National Geographic names UK’s best travel photography for 2019

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This year’s National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition has selected the best talents in the UK from thousands of submissions

The prestigious NGT Photography Competition announced its winners on 26 February 2019.

As in previous years, photographers from all over the UK uploaded their single shots and applied in the following four categories: Cities, Food, Nature, and People.

The additional category Portfolio allowed entrants to upload a portfolio consisting of up to 10 images making up a photo story.

And the overall winner is…

Finally, the competition’s judges selected an overall grand-prize winner.

Travel photographer and judge Nori Jemil said of the winner: “A compelling image in which the animal stares directly down the lens. This extreme close-up combines a quality of light with bold, central positioning. The subject’s eyes are prominent while its face dissolves into darkness at the edges of the frame.”

Daniel Burton, the winner, said: “Some of the world’s last mountain gorillas live on the slopes of Mount Mikeno. This is a female from the Humba family, a habituated group that lives near Virunga’s Bukima station.”

Burton will be joining Tatra Photography in the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia for a masterclass in landscape techniques and photography filtration.

“This year’s shortlist reminds us there’s so much more to using a camera than ‘point and shoot’”

The competition launched in 2011. It encourages both new and professional photographers to submit unique, never-seen-before photographs that inspire others to travel the world.

The 2019 competition had shortlisted a number of photographs in each category before announcing the winners.

“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’,” said Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller.

“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 remainder of the winners can be found on the National Geographic Photography Competition 2019 website.