Fearless combat and frozen bears featured in Travel Photographer of the Year awards

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In the village of Uzgen, Osh region, more than 170 horses (in this picture) and men wearing the classic Soviet tank hat or a Kyrgyz tebetei hat, push and shove each other in fearless combat as they fight for possession of a young 60 kg bull - Alain Schroeder/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year
In the village of Uzgen, Osh region, more than 170 horses (in this picture) and men wearing the classic Soviet tank hat or a Kyrgyz tebetei hat, push and shove each other in fearless combat as they fight for possession of a young 60 kg bull - Alain Schroeder/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year

From a Ramadan breakfast amidst the devastation of a Syrian town to a ‘ghost leopard’ merging with the stars, the winning images in the 2021 global Travel Photographer of the Year awards present a diverse and glorious view of life on our planet.

Some 20,000 images were submitted from photographers in 151 countries for the award's twentieth year.

The winning shots – which can all be viewed in the online Winners’ Gallery on tpoty.com - will go on display at a free-to-view outdoor exhibition in Granary Square near King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, in April and May.

LIVING WORLD PORTFOLIO: WINNER: Will Burrard-Lucas, UK / Laikipia County, Kenya. - Will Burrard-Lucas/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year
LIVING WORLD PORTFOLIO: WINNER: Will Burrard-Lucas, UK / Laikipia County, Kenya. - Will Burrard-Lucas/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year

The UK's Will Burrard-Lucas spent a year photographing leopards at night using a camera trap system in Kenya. He used a long exposure time for the stars and a flash to expose the foreground. "On this night, the leopard came past while the moon was still above the horizon, which resulted in this ghostly image," he said.

Alessandro Bergamini, from Italy - Alessandro Bergamini/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG
Alessandro Bergamini, from Italy - Alessandro Bergamini/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year/TNG

Alessandro Bergamini, from Italy captured a young Muslim girl in Jodhpur, India. Describing the shot he said she "had her face completely covered, although her graceful features can be seen through the fabric.

"She looked at a nearby man, seeking consent to remove her veil, and he gave her permission to do so. The photo was taken at the exact moment she was about to push aside the red veil," he added.

Territorial Park, Yukon, Canada - Marko Dimitrijevic/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year
Territorial Park, Yukon, Canada - Marko Dimitrijevic/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year

Marko Dimitrijevic, from Switzerland captured this Grizzly in Territorial Park, Yukon, Canada.

He said: "On the Arctic Circle there is a place in Northern Yukon where the Fishing Branch River doesn't freeze in the winter. Here, Grizzly bears continue to chase salmon way past any other place in Canada. With temperatures reaching -30C, their wet fur instantly freezes when they get out of the river.

"This bear was walking head down when he noticed me. For a second, he looked at me, quickly assessing if I was a threat or a meal. Deciding that I was neither he continued his walk, passing within a few meters of me."

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya - Jose Fragozo/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya - Jose Fragozo/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year

Jose Fragozo, from Portugal captures a blinking eye in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. "I was watching two hippos from my vehicle, and the challenge was to catch the eye when it was open. Having observed hippos for years, I knew that they only come up for air every three to five minutes," said Fragozo.

Mouneb Taim, Syria / Idlib, Syria - Mouneb Taim/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year
Mouneb Taim, Syria / Idlib, Syria - Mouneb Taim/2021 Travel Photographer of the Year

Photojournalist Mouneb Taim from Syria captured this moment of calm in a neighbourhood famous before the war as the scene of mass breakfasts every Ramadan.

"The population was displaced during the war, due to heavy bombing. They eventually returned after a period of relative calm, but the neighbourhood was almost completely destroyed, so now the people of Idlib break their fast together among the destruction of their city instead," said Taim.

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