Cat Vinton has emerged as Travel Photographer of the Year 2007, besting hundreds of other photographers from 51 countries for the Â£50,000 ($100,000) prize package and making her the first female overall winner of the international photo competition.
Catâ€™s beautiful panoramic images of the snowy Norwegian landscape and evocative shots of a Nomadic family captivated the judging panel.
She wins an Apple MacBook with Aperture software, Adobe CS3 Web Premium software, a Â£2,500 TPOTY grant, and a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book. Capping her package of prizes is the chance to photograph His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in a journey to Dharamsala, India, organized by High & Wild.
The Young TPOTY category (for photographers aged 16 and under) has also been won by a female, 14 year-old Luna Malka from Canada. Lunaâ€™s imaginative images on the theme â€˜Fragile Earthâ€™ won for her a prize package which includes a Â£500 TPOTY bursary, a Wacom Intuos3 A5 wide pen tablet, Adobe Photoshop CS3 + Lightroom and a Plastic Sandwich leather portfolio book. Her winning images will be displayed at a TPOTY exhibition hosted by Adventure Ecology at The Exposure Gallery in London.
Photos: Cat Vinton