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TPOTY Award-winning photos

The Minch, Western Isles, Scotland. This is a series of images called ‘Dreich’ – an old Scottish word to describe the wet, grey, miserable, dank.
Craig Easton, UK,
Camera: Nikon D3X

Winner: the Cutty Sark Award for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2012

The Cutty Sark Award for the overall winner is presented by Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky. They are rewarding Craig with £2,500 in cash, an expenses-paid international photography commission with £2,500 commission fee, and the chance to work with their master blender and blend his own whisky, design his own label, and bottle up to 50 bottles of the resulting unique blend. Though he lives in England, Craig is a Scotsman by birth, so this should be entirely appropriate for him!

The Top Award-Winning Travel Photos

Professional and amateur photographers from 22 countries scooped individual TPOTY (Travel Photographer of the Year) awards or special mentions this year. The prizewinning entries across the categories make a glorious display that showcases the beauty and diversity of travel imagery; fascinating glimpses of different cultures, engaging portraits, gritty, thought-provoking shots, abstracts, cityscapes, stunning landscapes and wildlife images.

The judging panel included photographers Eamonn McCabe, Jason Hawkes, Ami Vitale, Steve Bloom, Nick Meers and Chris Weston, and the editors of Hotshoe International, FOTO magazin (Germany), Outdoor Photography and the photography director of Condé Nast Traveller. The winning images can be viewed online in the Winners' Gallery on www.tpoty.com, and will make their public debut at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London, at the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition from July 12 to August 18, 2013. The 2012 exhibition attracted over 42,000 visitors, a record attendance for the Society.

Images reproduced with permission of TPOTY