MESMERISING photographs that act as a portal into a variety of cultures from all over the world have been revealed as part of a competition.
Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 is a collection of glorious snaps that showcase the difference in lifestyles across the globe.
The winner’s photograph was of a group of men in a swimming pool staring intently at a game of chess, while other bathers splashed around them.
The chaos and calm of the pool in Italy captured beautifully with the click of a button.
As well as celebrating the wonder of the landscapes and portraits themselves, each photographer’s story is revealed.
Stefano Pensotti, who was the overall winner of Travel photographer of the year began taking pictures when he was around 14.
He used to steal his other brother’s camera and began to learn the methods and techniques used in dark room photography.
One image is of a group of locals in Gannan, China on a pilgrimage in blizzards and freezing conditions.
This particular picture won the best in the Hot/Cold category.
The Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims travel regardless of the treacherous weather that they face.
In the tranquillity section, the winner was an unusual one – and different from the rest in that group.
Simon Morris, from the U.K has been taking travel images for around 15 years.
His shot of a faded, worn, bedroom in Havana took the prize.
Judges felt that it perfectly captured an empty, quiet place with a sense of peace, freedom and human emotion.
Another photo was taken by 14-year-old Isabella Smith, from Collierville – a small town in Tennessee.
She was diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder (ADD) and found that when she first held a camera she was able to concentrate for the first time.
She found that she struggled to use words to teLl stories and could do a much better job through the method of photography instead.
She took a photo of a bucket of oranges in water, snapped in Morocco.
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A photographer takes a photo of young Malian sand diver as he takes a breath and gathers his thoughts before plunging back down below the water.
Taken in the Niger River, Mali, West Africa, by Philip Lee Harvey, sand divers freedive to the bottom to collect sand for the building industry.
It’s known as an extremely dangerous job, for which many don’t return.
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