National Geographic Traveller (UK) Photography Competition 2018 announces finalists

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has confirmed the finalists of its Photography Competition 2018, in association with Billingham.

Launched in 2011, the prestigious annual competition seeks the UK’s best new travel photography talent across six categories: Action; Nature; People; Urban; Portfolio; and Video. The overall winner will be sent on a photographic commission for National Geographic Traveller — this year’s destinations include the Carpathian Mountains and Qatar. Selected entrants will also be included as part of a global press and media campaign, and featured on the National Geographic Traveller website.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “It goes without saying that the standard and quality of the entries this year more than live up to people’s expectations of National Geographic. From dramatic landscapes and astonishing wildlife to abstract street shots and local life, the shortlist reflects the very best in travel photography.”

The winners will be announced on 28 February via the website. There’ll also be a public exhibition of the shortlisted and winning images from 20-27 February, open daily from 10am to12pm and 2pm to 4pm at wallacespace Covent Garden, 2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA.

The judging panel consists of Andy Skillen, an award-winning wildlife photographer; Ben Hawkins, group editor at Practical Photography magazine; Teagan Cunniffe, a travel photographer previously published in National Geographic Traveller; Neil Freeman, a photographer and training manager at Nikon; and Chris Hudson, National Geographic Traveller’s art director.

The finalists:

Anaïs Voski, Farmer spreading fertiliser on his rice crop, northern Ghana
Jonny Williams, Red Arrows at the 2016 Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, England
Stuart Dunn, Dog sledding, Svalbard, Norway

Jasmine Van Hoeylandt, Cormorant colony, Lake Kariba, Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
Paul Wynn, Baboons, Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana
Renato Granieri, King penguins, South Georgia

James Abell, People on a tram, Lisbon, Portugal
Simon Morris, Hunter with his golden eagle, western Mongolia
Trevor Craske, Songkran Festival, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

Francis Cox, Cafe, Beijing, China
John White, Dog at cafe window, Lower Manhattan, New York
Michael Scott, Montane Mansion, Hong Kong

Chris Kirby, Daily life, Soweto, South Africa
Daniel Burton, Earth, Wind, Fire and Water
Elizabeth Bennett, Chandrashila, Himalayas

Mark Bradley, Wild Scotland
Robert Evans, Skiing in Söll, Austria
Timur Tugalev, Lost in Cuba

To view the shortlist, visit:

The winning photos can also be seen in a photography feature in the April 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK), on sale 1 March 2018, priced £4.20.