‘Tis the season to be jolly and these images will surely make you want to travel.
The winners of the 2015 Travel Photographer of the Year are out and the stunning images feature the bleak, frozen Arctic alongside the renderings of steamy swamps in America’s deep south.
Check out the selection of winners and runners-up in the gallery.
The winning images can be viewed on the 2015 Winners’ Gallery on the awards’ website and anyone visiting London can see the full line-up in the city's Museum of Docklands in summer 2016.
Please click on the photos to view hi-resolution images.
Faces, People, Encounters - Special Mention - Ly Hoang Long (Vietnam)
This picture taken in the Tat Vien village, HungYenProvince, shows a Vietnamese man transporting bamboo fishing baskets. Photograph: Ly Hoang Long/www.tpoty.com
Young TPOTY 14 and under – Special Mention – Hugo Berman (France)
A sadhu captured in a pensive mood in Kathmandu. Photograph: Hugo Berman/www.tpoty.com
Overall winner -- Travel photographer of the year -- Marsel van Oosten (Netherlands)
This image by Marsel van Oosten from the Netherlands took the first place at the competition this year. It was captured in Louisiana and showed a man kayaking amongst the Giant Cypress trees on a misty morning on one of the countless bayous of the Atchafalaya basin, the largest US wetland. Photograph: Marsel van Oosten/www.tpoty.com
Monochromal -- Special Mention -- Stuart Redler (UK)
Friends attempting to ride five to a moped in Rajasthan. Photograph: Stuart Redler/www.tpoty.com
Commended, One Shot, water category -- Joel Santos
A salt miner taking a camel caravan to the mining site, Afar region, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia. Photograph: Joesl Santos/www.tpoty.com
Monochromal -- Winner — Xia Xuejun (China)
Boat tracking, towing boats by human power, was once the norm in this region. Today it is more of a tourist attraction. Photographer Xia Xuejun from China managed to capture the activity mid-act. Photograph: Xia Xuejun/www.tpoty.com
Nature and environment – Commended -- Jianhui Liao (China)
Photographer Jianhui Liao captures an image of an Egret feeding its young. Photograph: Jianhui Liao/www.tpoty.com
Photographer Francisco Mingorance captures Phosphogypsum ponds in Río Tinto, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain. Photograph: Francisco Mingorance/www.tpoty.com
Faces, People, Encounters -- Winner -- Mitchell Kanashkevich (Australia)
A sheep herder above his village in Romania. Photograph: Mitchell Kanashkevich/www.tpoty.com
Faces, People, Encounters -- Special Mention -- Gary Pullar (Australia)
Gary Pullar captures the moving image of the the Doms who manage the cremation process at Varanasi’s largest crematorium clamber over the remnants of discarded shrouds. Photograph: Gary Pullar/www.tpoty.com
Watch out for the second part of this amazing feature SOON!