Photography has become so mainstream, anyone with an iPhone can take amazing pictures with little-to-no formal training. Thankfully, The Guardian has rounded up the best Travel Photographers of the 2015 and I’ve gathered them here as because their work deserves to be shared and seen and praised.
#1, The Winner, Best Travel Photographer of the Year: Marsel van Oosten.
The above photograph is of Cypress trees in a bayou of the Atchafalaya basin in Louisiana. On a misty morning in the United State’s largest wetland, this photo exudes opulence, and is composed almost as perfectly as the light shins through the trees. Oosten is a professional nature photographer from the Netherlands; he often contributes to National Geographic.
Young Travel Photographer of the Year: Chase Guttman
Guttman’s photograph shows a Basuto tribal leader and local shepherds in Semonkong, Lesotho. This young professional has been winning photography awards for year. First, back in 2010 when he was recognized in the 14-and-under group, then again in 2-12 winning the Emerging Talent award, and again this year at age 18.
Runner-up, people and culture portfolio: Timothy Allen
This stunning photograph depicts the Kazakh wedding season in the Altai mountains in Central Asia. A British photographer, Allen is known best for his coverage of indigenous people.
Honorable Mention, One Shot, a moment in light category: Cai Zhiping
Unimaginable colors and horses spilling over the rolling grassland hills of Inner Mongolia, China.
Honorable Mention, One Shot, colours of the world category: Maria de la Guardia
Afghan women holding jars of pickled vegetables that they harvested at their new training center in Fayzabad, Badakhshan.
Honorable Mention, best single image in a portfolio, faces, people, encounters: Rafal Ziejewski
Young Dassanech girl from Omorate, Ethiopia.
Honorable Mention: One Shot, a moment in light category: Gunar Streu
At the Dundret nature reserve in the Swedish Lapland, a cabin is covered in hoarfrost with the northern lights in the distance.