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The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Award Winners and Runners-Up

Edited By: Natalia Jones
 Even the most adamant homebodies can appreciate the might and beauty of the great outdoors through these photos. The 2018 Outdoor Photographer of the Year Awards were especially created to commemorate the most stunning images captured in nature in the past year, be it a breathtaking photo of the eternally-frozen arctic landscape or a portrait of a family of cheetahs on a rare rainy day in the African savannah.
This year’s overall winner was British photographer Robert Birkby for his depiction of a herd of enduring sheep huddling for warmth during a blizzard in the South Pennines region of England. His image was chosen as the best from a total of 20,000 candidates across 9 categories.
The head judge of the competition, Steve Watkins described this year’s winner in the following words, '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’.
Here we have collected the winning images in each of the 9 categories of the competition, as well as the runners-up, all for your viewing pleasure.

The Winning Image, As Well As the Winner In the Light on the Land Category

Author: Robert Birkby (UK)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition winner Robert Birkby
OPOTY 2018 Overall Winner and Light on the Land Winner Robert Birkby

Light on the Land Runner-Up

Author: Daniel Laan (Netherlands)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Daniel Laan
OPOTY 2018 Light on the Land Runner-up Daniel Laan

At the Water's Edge Winner

Author: Roberto Marchegiani (Italy)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Roberto Marchegiani
OPOTY 2018 At the Water's Edge Winner Roberto Marchegiani

At the Water's Edge Runner-Up

Author: Alex Wrigley (UK)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Alex Wrigley (UK)
OPOTY 2018 At the Water's Edge Runner-Up Alex Wrigley

Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year Winner

Author: Riccardo Marchegiani (Italy)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Riccardo Marchegiani
 OPOTY 2018 Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year Winner Riccardo Marchegiani

Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year Runner-Up

Author: Anya Burnell (UK)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Anya Burnell (UK)
OPOTY 2018 Young OPOTY Runner-Up Anya Burnell

Small World Winner

Author: Stefan Gerrits (Finland and Netherlands)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Stefan Gerrits
OPOTY 2018 Small World Winner Stefan Gerrits

Small World Runner-Up

Author: Jay Birmingham (UK)

The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Jay Birmingham

OPOTY 2018 Small World Runner-Up Jay Birmingham

Under Exposed Winner

Author: Greg Lecoeur (France)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Greg Lecoeur (France)
OPOTY 2018 Under Exposed Winner Greg Lecoeur

Under Exposed Runner-Up

Author: Pier Mane (Italy and South Africa)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Pier Mane
OPOTY 2018 Under Exposed Runner-Up Pier Mane

Wildlife Insight Winner

Author: Salvador Colvée Nebot (Spain)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Colvée Nebot
OPOTY 2018 Wildlife Insight Winner Salvador Colvée Nebot
 

Wildlife Insight Runner-Up

Author: Jose Fragozo (Portugal)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Jose Fragozo
OPOTY 2018 Wildlife Insight Runner-Up Jose Fragozo​

Live the Adventure Winner

Author: Greg Lecoeur (France)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition
OPOTY 2018 Live the Adventure Winner Greg Lecoeur

Live the Adventure Runner-Up

Author: Alex Palmer (UK)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Alex Palmer
OPOTY 2018 Live the Adventure Runner-Up Alex Palmer

Spirit of Travel Winner

Author: Matt Parry (UK)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Matt Parry (UK)
OPOTY 2018 Spirit of Travel Winner Matt Parry

Spirit of Travel Runner-Up

Author: Peter Racz (Hungary)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Peter Racz
OPOTY 2018 Spirit of Travel Runner-Up Peter Racz

View from Above Runner-Up

Author: Roie Galitz
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition
OPOTY 2018 View from Above Runner-Up Roie Galitz

View from Above Winner

Author: Tom Putt (Australia)
The 2018 Outdoor Photographer Of the Year Competition Tom Putt (Australia)
OPOTY 2018 View from Above Winner Tom Putt
H/T, Cover Image and Image Source: OPOTY, thisisinsider
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