National Geographic: Travel photography winners' snapshots from world's most remote places


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Renato Granieri penguins

National Geographic Traveller / Renato GranieriRenato Granieri won with his image of two king penguins

Every year the National Geographic Traveller photography competition winners amaze readers with their outstanding quality of images, and this year is no exception.

The competition receives submissions covering the globe, documenting everywhere from the Antarctic to the deep depths of Africa.

To enter the competition, UK photographers had to submit their images into one of six categories.

These were action, nature, people, urban, portfolio, and video, and were up to the photographer's interpretation.

The winner of such a prestigious award won a six-night wildlife photographer tour in eastern Europe and of course the title.

This year’s winner was Italian-born photographer Renato Granieri who lives in London.

When looking at his prize photo of two king penguins touching beaks in South Georgia, it’s not hard to see why he won.

Describing the winning photo, Head Judge Chris Hudson said: This entry stood out from the first moment we saw it, probably because of the stark white background that forms the environment in which these penguins live. There is, however, an element of tenderness about it all to contrast this, and in the composition, Renato has managed to capture a touching moment with the highest technical and compositional standards.”

Daniel Burton, Elements National Geographic Traveller / Daniel Burton

Daniel Burton took first place in Portfolio category