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TPOTY Award-winning Travel Photos

Oaxaca, Mexico. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

La Calavera Catrina (The Elegant Skull) is a popular icon of the festival and here two large Catrinas set up in the cemetery seem to smile on the tombs lining the wall.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkII Louis Montrose, USA

Overall winner – Travel Photographer of the Year 2011

The world, as seen by award-winning travel photographers

In this collection of inspiring images, award-winning photographers celebrate landscapes, cultures, colours, patterns, nature and people -- from Ladakh to Cameroon, Bangladesh to Venezuela, Senegal to Mexico, Rajasthan to Namibia. Since 2003, Travel Photographer Of the Year has recognized the joyful brilliance of travel photography with an international photo contest run by photographers for photographers from all countries, be they amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old.

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