Best shots from National Geographic Traveller photography award

Snaps of stunning stags, fantastic food and wild water among winners of the magazine’s annual UK and Ireland competition

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced the winners of its 2023 photography competition. The annual event, this year in its 11th edition, celebrates the best in travel photography across a range of categories, from wildlife and landscape to food, people and urban.

From thousands of entries, the judging panel had to decide on an 18-strong shortlist for the six categories and the grand prize, before choosing their final winners.

While open only to entrants from the UK and Ireland, the winners “reflect some of the very best images taken around the globe”, said National Geographic Traveller editor Pat Riddell. The seven winning images contain a mixture of “drama, intimacy and warmth” and capture “unique and inspiring perspectives of travel in all its forms”, he said.

This year’s winner of the grand prize was Renato Granieri, who captured an image in Sierra Leone of two newly qualified eco-guards working at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The magazine said the photo, submitted in the people category, was a “firm favourite” among the judges.

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Richard Windsor is a freelance writer for The Week Digital. He began his journalism career writing about politics and sport while studying at the University of Southampton. He then worked across various football publications before specialising in cycling for almost nine years, covering major races including the Tour de France and interviewing some of the sport’s top riders. He led Cycling Weekly’s digital platforms as editor for seven of those years, helping to transform the publication into the UK’s largest cycling website. He now works as a freelance writer, editor and consultant.