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Daniel Burton's winning shot

LONDON (27th February 2019) — National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced the winners of its prestigious Photography Competition 2019, in association with Donegal Tourism.

The grand prize winner is Daniel Burton, whose image of a mountain gorilla earns him a wildlife photography adventure in the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia, courtesy of Tatra Photography.

Chris Hudson, art director at National Geographic Traveller (UK), said of the grand prize winner’s photograph: “His shot with eye contact immediately captivates the viewer, and the way in which he’s filled the frame with the subject makes it an intense and imposing photograph. Overall, it offers a real sense of an intimate and personal experience, which is ultimately what we’re looking for.”

The winners are:
Grand prize winner: Daniel Burton, mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Category winners:
Portfolio: Simon Urwin, Pengzhen, Chengdu, China
Cities: Annapurna Mellor, taxi driver in Kolkata, India
People: Justin Cliffe, dyeing wool in a Marrakech souk, Morocco
Food: Pablo Borrego, Kandy Central Market, Sri Lanka
Nature: Daniel Burton, mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Portfolio winner will experience a seven-day trip to Chamonix with Inghams; and the winners in the other categories each receive a Manfrotto Befree Advanced Aluminium Travel Tripod worth £175.

The winning photos can be seen in the April 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK), on sale 7 March 2019, priced £4.60.

National Geographic Traveller (UK) launched its first annual Photography Competition in August 2011. This year, UK photographers were invited to submit their entries in five categories: Cities; Nature; People; Food; and Portfolio.

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The judging panel consisted of landscape and wildlife photographer Emer O’Shea; travel photographer Nori Jemil; nature and adventure photographer Craig Parry; Time Out picture editor Ben Rowe; Amateur Photographer feature editor Amy Davies; and National Geographic Traveller art director Chris Hudson.

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Headline sponsor

Donegal Tourism
Ireland’s wild, rugged northwest county, Donegal, made it into National Geographic Traveller’s Cool List in 2017 for good reason. Donegal Tourism is dedicated to promoting and marketing the county, locally, nationally and internationally.

Photography Partner 2018/19

CEWE Photoworld
CEWE Photoworld is part of Europe’s largest photo company, producing millions of photography products each year, including CEWE PHOTOBOOK.


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