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  • The 2018 Outdoor Photographer of the Year Awards have been announced.
  • More than 20,000 entries from around the world were separated into nine categories where winners, runners-up, and commendations were awarded.
  • This year’s overall winner was Robert Birkby from the UK for his photo of a herd of sheep in a snowstorm.
  • Birkby will receive £2,000 ($US2,660) in prize money.
  • Scroll down to see all the winners, runners-up, and commended images across all categories.

The annual Outdoor Photographer of the Year Awards have been announced and, yet again, the results have shone a light on nature’s most stunning aspects.

The competition drew a record 20,000 entries from around the world, which were separated into nine categories: Light on the Land, Small World, Live the Adventure, Wildlife Insight, Spirit of Travel, Under Exposed, View from Above, At the Water’s Edge, and Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year.

An overall winner was also crowned; this year it was handed to Robert Birkby from West Yorkshire in the UK for his photo of a herd of sheep in a snowstorm.

Head judge Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, said: “Robert’s image captures just about every aspect of what is required to be a top-level outdoor photographer; from the willingness to go the extra mile to be out there shooting in extreme conditions to the calmness and clear thinking then necessary to pull together a technically brilliant and creatively compelling composition.”

Along with his title, Birkby will receive £2,000 ($US2,660) in prize money.

Meanwhile, category winners will take home £500 worth ($US670 worth) of outdoor gear provided by competition sponsors Fjällräven.

Scroll down to see all the winners, runners-up, and commended images across all categories.


Overall Winner and Light on the Land Winner: Robert Birkby (UK)

Robert BirkbyOverall Winner and Light on the Land Winner OPOTY Robert Birkby

Light on the Land Runner-up: Daniel Laan (Netherlands)

Daniel LaanLight on the Land Runner up OPOTY Daniel Laan

Light on the Land Commended: Marcio Esteves Cabral (Brazil)

Marcio Esteves CabralLight on the Land Commended OPOTY Marcio Esteves Cabral

Light on the Land Commended: Sven Tegelmo (Sweden)

Sven TegelmoLight on the Land Commended OPOTY Sven Tegelmo

Live the Adventure Winner: Greg Lecoeur (France)

Greg LecoeurLive the Adventure Winner OPOTY Greg Lecoeur

Live the Adventure Joint Runner-up: Alex Palmer (UK)

Alex PalmerLive the Adventure Joint Runner up OPOTY Alex Palmer

Live the Adventure Joint Runner-up: Alison Perkins (Australia)

Alison PerkinsLive the Adventure Joint Runner up OPOTY Alison Perkins

Wildlife Insight Winner: Salvador Colvée Nebot (Spain)

Salvador Colvée NebotWildlife Insight Winner OPOTY Salvador Colvée Nebot

Wildlife Insight Runner-up: Jose Fragozo (Portugal)

Jose FragozoWildlife Insight Runner up OPOTY Jose Fragozo

Wildlife Insight Commended: Christoph Ruiz (Austria)

Christoph RuizWildlife Insight Commended OPOTY Christoph Ruiz

Wildlife Insight Commended: Olav Thokle (Norway)

Olav ThokleWildlife Insight Commended OPOTY Olav Thokle

Wildlife Insight Commended: Roie Galitz (Israel)

Roie GalitzWildlife Insight Commended OPOTY Roie Galitz

Wildlife Insight Commended: James Lewin (UK)

James LewinWildlife Insight Commended OPOTY James Lewin

Small World Winner: Stefan Gerrits (Finland and Netherlands)

Stefan GerritsSmall World Winner OPOTY Stefan Gerrits

Small World Runner-up: Jay Birmingham (UK)

Jay BirminghamSmall World Runner up OPOTY Jay Birmingham

Small World Commended: Pete Hyde (UK)

Pete HydeSmall World Commended OPOTY Pete Hyde

Small World Commended: Daniel Trim (UK)

Daniel TrimSmall World Commended OPOTY Daniel Trim

Spirit of Travel Winner: Matt Parry (UK)

Matt ParrySpirit of Travel Winner OPOTY Matt Parry

Spirit of Travel Runner-up: Peter Racz (Hungary)

Peter RaczSpirit of Travel Runner up OPOTY Peter Racz

Spirit of Travel Commended: Jeremy Flint (UK)

Jeremy FlintSpirit of Travel Commended OPOTY Jeremy Flint

Under Exposed Winner: Greg Lecoeur (France)

Greg LecoeurUnder Exposed Winner OPOTY Greg Lecoeur

Under Exposed Runner-up: Pier Mane (Italy and South Africa)

Pier ManeUnder Exposed Runner up OPOTY Pier Mane

Under Exposed Commended: Judith Conning (Australia)

Judith ConningUnder Exposed Commended OPOTY Judith Conning

View from Above Winner: Tom Putt (Australia)

Tom PuttView from Above Winner OPOTY Tom Putt

View from Above Runner-up: Roie Galitz

Roie GalitzView from Above Runner up OPOTY Roie Galitz

View from Above Commended: Ross Farnham (UK)

Ross FarnhamView from Above Commended: Ross Farnham (UK)

At the Water’s Edge Winner: Roberto Marchegiani (Italy)

Roberto MarchegianiAt the Water’s Edge Winner OPOTY Roberto Marchegiani

At the Water’s Edge Runner-up: Alex Wrigley (UK)

Alex WrigleyAt the Water’s Edge Runner up OPOTY Alex Wrigley

At the Water’s Edge Commended: Chris Fletcher (UK)

Chris FletcherAt the Water’s Edge Commended OPOTY Chris Fletcher

At the Water’s Edge Commended: Ian Snowdon (UK)

Ian SnowdonAt the Water’s Edge Commended OPOTY Ian Snowdon

At the Water’s Edge Commended: Matthew James Turner (UK)

Matthew James TurnerAt the Water’s Edge Commended OPOTY Matthew James Turner

At the Water’s Edge Commended: Mark Cornick (UK)

Mark CornickAt the Water’s Edge Commended OPOTY Mark Cornick

Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year Winner: Riccardo Marchegiani (Italy)

Riccardo MarchegianiYoung OPOTY Winner OPOTY Riccardo Marchegiani

Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year Runner-up: Anya Burnell (UK)

Anya BurnellYoung OPOTY Runner up OPOTY Anya Burnell

Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year Commended: Josiah Launstein (Canada)

Josiah LaunsteinYoung OPOTY Commended OPOTY Josiah Launstein

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