National Geographic Traveller Photography Awards 2023

National Geographic Traveller, the travel magazine, has named the winners in its annual photography awards. The judges sifted through thousands of entries — admiring stunning shots of wildlife, urban scapes and vast landscapes — to pick the overall and six category winners.

“These winners reflect some of the very best images taken around the globe,” said Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller. “From the underwater world of the Indian Ocean to wildlife in Richmond Park and the delicacy of the ice fields in Greenland, the images are full of drama, intimacy and warmth.”

Serge Malesan won the award for his portfolio of pictures taken in Mayotte, the archipelago in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique. “I call Mayotte the lost paradise — people always talk about Fiji, French Polynesia, Seychelles … but Mayotte is still unknown,” Malesan said


Simon Urwin’s shot of Helen Turner in the kitchen of her Tennessee barbecue joint snapped up the best food photograph. Turner’s pork is slow cooked on charcoal for 12 hours before being hand-pulled and served in a bun with homemade slaw. She is the only person who knows the recipe and insists she will take its secrets to her grave


In this shot, submitted as part of Melesan’s winning portfolio entry, a turtle looks on curiously as its picture is taken in the Mayotte lagoon. He said his work was designed to show local people that the wildlife on their doorstep needs protecting from overpopulation


Lone ranger: a stag looks into the distance in Richmond Park, southwest London, shortly after sunrise on a misty October morning. Ed Hasler, who won the wildlife category, said he chose the location because of the striking autumn colours. “Eventually this stag moved into position, with his fur catching the warm glow from the sun,” he said


Sam Davies used a drone to capture this striking shot of the yacht Adventure as it navigated an ice field off the coast of Greenland. “I knew this shot could be special,” Davies said on winning the landscape category. “I hoped to frame the insignificance of our 70ft yacht between these enormous icebergs”


The last of Melesan’s shots takes the viewer up close with a shoal of native fish in the lagoon off Mayotte


Richard Quirke snapped the El Paraguas water feature, which stands at more than 10m high, at the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City to win the urban category. “Getting this photo involved a lot of luck,” he said. “As we entered, I noticed some kids running a race around it and figured it could be a playful way of capturing the scale of the architecture”