The stunning Travel Photographer of the Year images including devastated lion reserves and rubbish-filled seas

The stunning Travel Photographer of the Year images including devastated lion reserves and rubbish-filled seas

THE beauty of nature, people and landscapes have once again been captured in the breathtaking Travel Photographer of the Year competition.

In what was a difficult year for travel globally, photographers have delivered some stunning shots from locations around the world.

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Skiers on the mountains of southeast AlaskaCredit: Pally Learmond/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG

The overall winner of the competition was Fortunato Gatto who was born in Italy but has lived in Scotland since 2007.

He used Scotland as a muse for his nature-themed photographs, which judges thought “warm the soul” of the viewer.

All of the beautiful pictures will be displayed in a free outdoor exhibition near King’s Cross in London in April and May 2022.

Here are some of the best:

Lions are shot resting after a fire destroyed their territory in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

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Lions are shot resting after a fire destroyed their territory in Masai Mara National Reserve, KenyaCredit: Jose Fragozo/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
Sand in Scotland portraying the image of a phoenix flying away from its ashes

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Sand in Scotland portraying the image of a phoenix flying away from its ashesCredit: Fortunato Gatto/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
At low tide the harbour area in Bethlehem exposes all the rubbish that has been thrown into sea

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At low tide the harbour area in Bethlehem exposes all the rubbish that has been thrown into seaCredit: Johnny Haglund/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
An old woman walks under North Korea's Mansudae Grand Monument with its 22m-high bronze statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il

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An old woman walks under North Korea’s Mansudae Grand Monument with its 22m-high bronze statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-ilCredit: Alain Schroeder/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG

Neighbours in the bombed city of Idlib, Syria have breakfast together to break their Ramadan fast

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Neighbours in the bombed city of Idlib, Syria have breakfast together to break their Ramadan fastCredit: Mouneb Taim/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
A young Muslim girl with her face covered, although her features can be seen through the fabric

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A young Muslim girl with her face covered, although her features can be seen through the fabricCredit: Alessandro Bergamini/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
A shoemaker in Saigon is still working at the age of 90

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A shoemaker in Saigon is still working at the age of 90Credit: Viet Van Tran/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
A leopard out for a night time stroll in Kenya is snapped while the moon rose over the horizon

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A leopard out for a night time stroll in Kenya is snapped while the moon rose over the horizonCredit: Will Burrard-Lucas/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
Fresh snow covering the mountains in Polychrome Pass, Denali National Park, Alaska

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Fresh snow covering the mountains in Polychrome Pass, Denali National Park, AlaskaCredit: Fortunato Gatto/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
When rushing to get the best spots in Al Dhaid, UAE, lots of dust and sand is kicked up by both people and camels

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When rushing to get the best spots in Al Dhaid, UAE, lots of dust and sand is kicked up by both people and camelsCredit: Indigo Larmour/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
Camels walk through the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia which at 120m below sea level is the second lowest place on earth and is also the hottest

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Camels walk through the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia which at 120m below sea level is the second lowest place on earth and is also the hottestCredit: Trevor Cole/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
A man sleeps in an underground hut the size of a coffin every night in Lombardy, Italy

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A man sleeps in an underground hut the size of a coffin every night in Lombardy, ItalyCredit: Beniamino Pisati/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
A young Mundari herder covering himself in fresh urine from his cow in South Sudan

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A young Mundari herder covering himself in fresh urine from his cow in South SudanCredit: Trevor Cole/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
The reflection on the wet sand created a colourful ‘painting’ made of blue and red in the Small Isles, Scotland

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The reflection on the wet sand created a colourful ‘painting’ made of blue and red in the Small Isles, ScotlandCredit: Fortunato Gatto/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
A grizzly bear's fur instantly freezes in -30C weather in Canada

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A grizzly bear’s fur instantly freezes in -30C weather in CanadaCredit: Marko Dimitrijevic/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
Salt deposits form around Lake Magadi in Kenya and form colourful patterns

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Salt deposits form around Lake Magadi in Kenya and form colourful patternsCredit: Jie Fischer/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
A zebra is almost symmetrical in Kenya as it stares at the photographer

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A zebra is almost symmetrical in Kenya as it stares at the photographerCredit: Yaron Schmid/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
More than 170 men and horses fight for possession of a bull in Kyrgyzstan

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More than 170 men and horses fight for possession of a bull in KyrgyzstanCredit: Alain Schroeder/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG

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