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Verbier in Switzerland has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ for the first time, knocking France’s Val Thorens off its perch. 

Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by ski industry professionals and by the public in a range of categories, including best resorts, hotels, chalets and tour operators. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes.

It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier ranked as the ‘World’s Best Ski Hotel’ for the sixth consecutive year. Other major winners at this week’s online awards ceremony included Switzerland’s Chalet Zermatt Peak, which sits ‘in the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn’, and was named the ‘World’s Best Ski Chalet’; and Austria’s ‘exquisite’ Aurelio Lech, which was awarded the ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’ gong. For the ninth year running, Deer Valley was named America’s best ski resort, while Thredbo won the gold medal for Australia’s best ski resort.

Verbier in Switzerland, pictured, has been named the 'World's Best Ski Resort' for the first time, knocking France's Val Thorens off its perch

Verbier in Switzerland, pictured, has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ for the first time, knocking France’s Val Thorens off its perch

Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by 2.2million people. Pictured is a skier going off-piste at the Swiss resort

Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by 2.2million people. Pictured is a skier going off-piste at the Swiss resort 

It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier (pictured) ranked as the 'World's Best Ski Hotel'

It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier (pictured) ranked as the ‘World’s Best Ski Hotel’

It’s the sixth consecutive year that W Verbier has been named the world’s best ski hotel. Pictured is a bathroom in one of the hotel’s suites 

A suite at W Verbier. An awards statement said of the resort: 'Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village'

A suite at W Verbier. An awards statement said of the resort: ‘Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village’

Verbier, which is the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area, impressed the judges with its ‘world-class terrain, charming chalets and a thriving après scene’.

An awards statement said: ‘Perched on a sunny plateau at an altitude of 1,500 metres in the heart of the Swiss Alps, with its slate-roofed chalets, Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village.’

It’s noted that ‘with nearly 100 lifts and more than 400km (248.4 miles) of ski runs for all levels of expertise’ the resort is ‘a must for skiers from all over the world’. ‘Its “après-ski” is a real institution that welcomes a cosmopolitan clientele of all generations, not to mention the unforgettable nightlife,’ it added.

Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland, which has been named the 'World's Best Ski Chalet' at the World Ski Awards 2021

Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland, which has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Chalet’ at the World Ski Awards 2021

One of the bedrooms at Chalet Zermatt Peak. The chalet sits in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn mountain

One of the bedrooms at Chalet Zermatt Peak. The chalet sits in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn mountain 

The exterior of Aurelio Lech in Austria, which collected the ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’ gong at the World Ski Awards

The exterior of Aurelio Lech in Austria, which collected the ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’ gong at the World Ski Awards

Inside the spa at Aurelio Lech. The hotel was described as 'exquisite' in an awards statement

Inside the spa at Aurelio Lech. The hotel was described as ‘exquisite’ in an awards statement 

Rocksresort in Laax, Switzerland, has been named the 'Best Green Ski Hotel 2021'

Rocksresort in Laax, Switzerland, has been named the ‘Best Green Ski Hotel 2021’

Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe at 7,546ft (2,300m), had been awarded the best-resort gong seven times in the awards’ nine-year history. Until now, only Kitzbühel had managed to steal the main title away from the French resort.

Val Thorens was, however, named ‘France’s Best Ski Resort’ of 2021. Making it all the more attractive, the resort’s Hotel le Pashmina was chosen as the ‘Best Ski Boutique Hotel in France’ for 2021.

According to the awards, the five-star hotel is ‘one of the most beautiful mountain hotels, with lots of light, big spaces, soft materials and lively colours’. The hotel is also home to chef Josselin Jeanblanc and his Michelin-star restaurant ‘Les Explorateurs’.

THE WINNERS AT THE 2021 WORLD SKI AWARDS

WORLD WINNERS 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Verbier (Switzerland)

Best Freestyle Resort 2021: Laax (Switzerland)

Best Ski Hotel 2021: W Verbier (Switzerland)

Best New Ski Hotel 2021: The Vale Rusutsu (Japan)

Best Green Ski Hotel 2021: Rocksresort (Switzerland)

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Aurelio Lech (Austria)

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Zermatt Peak (Switzerland)

Best New Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Face à Face (France)

Best Ski Resort Company 2021: Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel (Austria)

Best Indoor Ski Resort 2021: Ski Dubai (UAE)

Best Ski Tour Operator 2021: Tui

Best Ski Travel Agent 2021: Leo Trippi

Best Heli-Ski Operator 2021: Bella Coola Heli Sports (Canada)

Best Ski Transfer Operator 2021: Schneebeben

AUSTRALIA  

Best Ski Resort 2021: Thredbo

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Hotel

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Astra Falls Creek

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Sequoia Penthouse Thredbo

CHINA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Vanke Lake Songhua Resort

JAPAN 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Rusutsu Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel Hokkaido

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Ki Niseko

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Aspect

NEW ZEALAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Mt Hutt

Best Ski Hotel 2021: The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Matakauri Lodge

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Azur Luxury Lodge

SOUTH KOREA  

Best Ski Resort 2021: YongPyong Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Dragon Valley Hotel

ANDORRA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Vallnord – Pal Arinsal

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Hotel Plaza

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: The Xalet Bringué Hotel & Spa

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Ski Chalet Alpine Residence

AUSTRIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Kitzbühel

Best Ski Hotel 2021: A-ROSA Kitzbühel

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Aurelio Lech

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Hahnenkamm Lodge

BULGARIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Bansko

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Alpin Hotel

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Villa Gella

CZECH REPUBLIC 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Skiareál Špindlerův Mlýn

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Harmony Club Hotel

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Savoy Špindlerův Mlýn

FINLAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Levi

Best Ski Hotel 2021: KIDE Hotel by Iso-Syöte

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Iso-Syöte

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Rukan Salonki Chalets

FRANCE 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Val Thorens

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Pashmina

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Le Chalet Mont Blanc 

Source: World Ski Awards 

GERMANY 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Oberstdorf

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Schloss Elmau

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Staudacherhof

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Country Home Pitzner

ITALY 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Dolomites Val Gardena

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Montana Lodge & Spa

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Saint Hubertus Resort Luxury Hotel & Spa

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Cesa del louf

NORWAY 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Geilo

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Radisson Blu Resort Trysil

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Nermo Hotell

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Havsdalsgrenda

POLAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Kotelnica Bialczańska

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Crocus

ROMANIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Sinaia

RUSSIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Rosa Khutor

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Rixos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Grand Hotel & Spa Rodina

SLOVAKIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Jasná Nízke Tatry

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel FIS Jasná

SLOVENIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Krvavec

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Ramada Resort by Wyndham Kranjska Gora

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Rozka

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Planina

SPAIN

Best Ski Resort 2021: Baqueira/Beret

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Rafaelhoteles By La Pleta

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Meliá Royal Tanau Boutique Hotel

SWEDEN 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Åre

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Hotel Bügelhof

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Eriksgårdens Fjällhotell

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Skutan Ski Lodge

SWITZERLAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Verbier

Best Ski Hotel 2021: W Verbier

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Ultima Gstaad

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Zermatt Peak

ARGENTINA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Chapelco Ski Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Charming Luxury Lodge

CANADA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: The Lake Louise Ski Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: The Josie

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Whiteworth Chalet

CHILE 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Portillo

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Hotel Termas Chillán

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Posada Farellones

U.S.

Best Ski Resort 2021: Deer Valley Resort, Utah

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: The Lodge at Blue Sky 

 

For the ninth year running, Deer Valley (pictured above) in Utah was named America's best ski resort

For the ninth year running, Deer Valley (pictured above) in Utah was named America’s best ski resort

Pictured above is Thredbo, New South Wales, which won the gold medal for Australia's best ski resort

Pictured above is Thredbo, New South Wales, which won the gold medal for Australia’s best ski resort

Pictured is Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe at 7,546ft (2,300m), which has been awarded the best-resort gong seven times in the awards' nine-year history

Pictured is Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe at 7,546ft (2,300m), which has been awarded the best-resort gong seven times in the awards’ nine-year history

Fireworks in Val Thorens. The French ski resort was named 'France's Best Ski Resort' of 2021

Fireworks in Val Thorens. The French ski resort was named ‘France’s Best Ski Resort’ of 2021

Hotel le Pashmina (pictured) - the 'Best Ski Boutique Hotel in France' for 2021 - is described as 'one of the most beautiful mountain hotels, with lots of light, big spaces, soft materials and lively colours'

Hotel le Pashmina (pictured) – the ‘Best Ski Boutique Hotel in France’ for 2021 – is described as ‘one of the most beautiful mountain hotels, with lots of light, big spaces, soft materials and lively colours’

Hotel le Pashmina is home to chef Josselin Jeanblanc and his Michelin-star restaurant 'Les Explorateurs' (pictured)

Hotel le Pashmina is home to chef Josselin Jeanblanc and his Michelin-star restaurant ‘Les Explorateurs’ (pictured)

Vincent Lalanne, director of Val Thorens Tourist Office, said: ‘We are really honoured to be awarded the accolade of “Best Ski Resort in France”, thanks to our community of Val Thorens fans. We also want to congratulate Verbier for winning the “World’s Best Ski Resort” title, which we’ve achieved seven times.

‘We are also delighted to once again be able to receive and welcome British visitors now that the French Government has allowed leisure travel to resume.’

In the newcomer category, the gong for the ‘Best New Ski Hotel’ went to The Vale Rusutsu, positioned at the base of the ‘world-class ski slopes’ of Japan’s Rusutsu Resort. The hotel was designed ‘with nature as its focus’ and features ‘luxury condominium-style apartments’. Meanwhile, Chalet Face a Face in Val d’Isère, France, reigned supreme as the ‘Best New Ski Chalet’, winning over the judges with its ‘understated opulence’.

Winners also included Switzerland’s Laax – home to the world’s biggest halfpipe (‘World’s Best Freestyle Resort’); Ski Dubai, with its ‘impressive array of snow-based activities’ (‘World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort’); Bergbahn AG Kitzbuhel (‘World’s Best Ski Resort Company’); Bella Coola Heli Sports, Canada (‘World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator’); Rocksresort, Switzerland – with ‘urban, eco-conscious styling amid a stunning natural environment’ (‘World’s Best Green Ski Hotel’); Schneebeben (‘World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator’); Leo Trippi (‘World’s Best Ski Travel Agent’) and Tui (‘World’s Best Ski Tour Operator’).

The enticing pool at Le Chalet Mont Blanc, Chamonix, winner of 'France's Best Ski Chalet'

The enticing pool at Le Chalet Mont Blanc, Chamonix, winner of ‘France’s Best Ski Chalet’

Le Chalet Mont Blanc describes itself as 'a chic and modern retreat... five floors of unrivalled excellence'

Le Chalet Mont Blanc describes itself as ‘a chic and modern retreat… five floors of unrivalled excellence’

The gong for the world's 'Best New Ski Hotel' went to The Vale Rusutsu, which is positioned at the base of the 'world-class ski slopes' of Japan's Rusutsu Resort (pictured)

The gong for the world’s ‘Best New Ski Hotel’ went to The Vale Rusutsu, which is positioned at the base of the ‘world-class ski slopes’ of Japan’s Rusutsu Resort (pictured) 

Ultima Gstaad, pictured above, collected the gong for 'Switzerland's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021'

Ultima Gstaad, pictured above, collected the gong for ‘Switzerland’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021’

A room at Hahnenkamm Lodge, Kitzbuhel - which received the accolade of Austria's best ski chalet

A room at Hahnenkamm Lodge, Kitzbuhel – which received the accolade of Austria’s best ski chalet 

Awards were also announced on a country level, with the best resorts, hotels and chalets from the world’s leading ski tourism destinations receiving accolades.

The winners included the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, which won the title of Bulgaria’s best ski hotel; Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Hotel, which was named Australia’s best ski hotel; Hotel Plaza – recognised as Andorra’s best ski hotel; and A-Rosa Kitzbuhel, which earned the title of Austria’s best ski hotel.

Among the other country-level winners were Oberstdorf, which was awarded the gong for Germany’s best ski resort; Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon – celebrated as France’s best ski hotel; and Montana Lodge & Spa, which took the award for Italy’s best ski hotel.

A-Rosa Kitzbuhel, pictured above, earned the title of Austria's best ski hotel in the prestigious awards

A-Rosa Kitzbuhel, pictured above, earned the title of Austria’s best ski hotel in the prestigious awards

Montana Lodge & Spa took the award for Italy's best ski hotel, pictured

Pictured is the lobby area of Italy's Montana Lodge & Spa. The World Ski Awards named Dolomites Val Gardena as the country's best ski resort

Montana Lodge & Spa took the award for Italy’s best ski hotel. Pictured on the left is the hotel’s exterior and on the right the lobby. The World Ski Awards named Dolomites Val Gardena as the country’s best ski resort

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside (pictured above) was named Canada's best ski hotel

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside (pictured above) was named Canada’s best ski hotel

The outdoor pool at the award-winning Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes in the awards

The outdoor pool at the award-winning Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes in the awards

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, which scooped the 'United States' Best Ski Hotel' accolade

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, which scooped the ‘United States’ Best Ski Hotel’ accolade

Over in North America, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside was named Canada’s best ski hotel, while Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley received the ‘United States’ Best Ski Hotel’ accolade.

Sion Rapson, Managing Director of the World Ski Awards, said: ‘Our winners represent the very best of the global ski tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. The ninth annual World Ski Awards programme received a record number of votes from ski consumers across the world. This shows that the appetite for ski tourism has never been stronger and bodes well as the global recovery gathers momentum.’

For more information visit worldskiawards.com.

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Dubai has been revealed as the best-rated destination in the world in Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travellers’ Choice Awards for destinations.

The winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings specific to each award subcategory from travellers on Tripadvisor for accommodations, restaurants, and things to do in destinations worldwide over the 12 months between November 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021.

London is crowned the number one destination in Europe and second overall, while the rest of the top five comprises Cancun, Mexico (third); Bali, Indonesia (fourth), and the Greek island of Crete (fifth). The highest-ranking American destination is Las Vegas, which comes 25th overall.

Dubai, pictured, has been revealed as the best-rated destination in the world in Tripadvisor's 2022 Travellers' Choice Awards for destinations

Dubai, pictured, has been revealed as the best-rated destination in the world in Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travellers’ Choice Awards for destinations 

London is crowned the number one destination in Europe and second overall. Pictured is the city's iconic Tower Bridge

London is crowned the number one destination in Europe and second overall. Pictured is the city’s iconic Tower Bridge

According to Tripadvisor, the highest-ranking American destination is Las Vegas (pictured), which comes 25th overall

According to Tripadvisor, the highest-ranking American destination is Las Vegas (pictured), which comes 25th overall 

Other popular destinations to make it into the top 10 are Rome (sixth), Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas (seventh), the Turkish capital of Istanbul (eighth), Paris (ninth), and Hurghada in Egypt (10th).

Following Las Vegas in the US ranking is Oahu (second), Maui (third), Key West (fourth), New York (fifth), New Orleans (sixth), Savannah (seventh), Miami Beach (eighth), Nashville (ninth) and Sedona (10th).

The rest of the Europe top 10 is made up of Barcelona (sixth), Tenerife (seventh), Corsica (eighth), Edinburgh (ninth) and Florence (10th).

TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2022 – DESTINATIONS: THE MOST POPULAR OVERALL

IN THE WORLD

1. Dubai

2. London

3. Cancun

4. Bali

5. Crete

6. Rome

7. Cabo San Lucas

8. Istanbul

9. Paris

10. Hurghada

11. Barcelona

12. Marrakech

13. Tenerife

14. Corsica

15. New Delhi

16. Singapore

17. Edinburgh

18. Florence

19. Jaipur

20. Cusco

21. Bangkok

22. Doha

23. Phuket

24. Rio de Janeiro

25. Las Vegas

 Source: Tripadvisor

IN THE US 

1. Las Vegas

2. Oahu

3. Maui

4. Key West

5. New York City

6. New Orleans

7. Savannah

8. Miami Beach

9. Nashville

10. Sedona

11. Kauai

12. St. Augustine

13. Gatlinburg

14. Chicago

15. Pigeon Forge

16. San Francisco

17. San Diego

18. Washington DC

19. Seattle

20. Boston

21. Hilton Head

22. Scottsdale

23. Austin

24. Portland

25. Los Angeles

 

 IN EUROPE  

1. London

2. Crete

3. Rome

4. Istanbul

5. Paris

6. Barcelona

7. Tenerife

8. Corsica

9. Edinburgh

10. Florence

11. Madrid

12. Lisbon

13. Amsterdam

14. Athens

15. Porto

16. Corfu

17. Madeira

18. Venice

19. Prague

20. Liverpool

21. Island of Malta

22. Belek

23. Budapest

24. Krakow

25. Dublin

 

 

A temple in Bali. The Indonesian province lands fourth overall in Tripadvisor's 2022 Travellers' Choice Awards

A temple in Bali. The Indonesian province lands fourth overall in Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travellers’ Choice Awards

The island of Crete is fifth overall and finishes third in the 'Sun Seekers' category. Pictured is the Cretan city of Chania

The island of Crete is fifth overall and finishes third in the ‘Sun Seekers’ category. Pictured is the Cretan city of Chania 

Topping the list of ‘Trending Destinations’ – locations around the world seeing the greatest year-over-year growth in reviews and ratings on Tripadvisor – is Majorca, Spain.

Tripadvisor says: ‘This gorgeous island with picturesque seaside coves, children friendly beaches and grandiose Moorish architecture is set to get busier as travellers from across the globe set their sights on a Majorcan getaway, so Brits planning a 2022 trip there should book up soon to make sure they don’t miss out.’

The rest of the top ten includes Cairo (second); Rhodes in Greece (third); Tulum, Mexico (fourth); Croatia’s Dubrovnik (fifth); Ibiza (sixth); Natal in Brazil (seventh); Arusha in Tanzania (eighth); Turkey’s Goreme (ninth), and the Greek island of Santorini (10th).

Tripadvisor describes Majorca (pictured), which tops the trending destinations list, as a 'gorgeous island with picturesque seaside coves, children friendly beaches and grandiose Moorish architecture'

Tripadvisor describes Majorca (pictured), which tops the trending destinations list, as a ‘gorgeous island with picturesque seaside coves, children friendly beaches and grandiose Moorish architecture’

Next up? It’s the ‘Outdoor Enthusiasts’ category, which ranks the world’s National Parks. Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica takes the top spot on the podium.

Describing it as ‘one of Costa Rica’s top hiking destinations’, Tripadvisor says: ‘Arenal Volcano National Park offers a range of trails that wind through wildlife-rich rainforest and old lava flows, all anchored by one of the world’s most active volcanoes.’

India’s Jim Corbett National Park comes second overall, followed by the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania (third), the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya (fourth), and South Africa’s Kruger National Park (fifth).

Arenal Volcano National Park (pictured) in Costa Rica is the top-ranking national park for 2022 and 'offers a range of trails that wind through wildlife-rich rainforest and old lava flows, all anchored by one of the world's most active volcanoes'

Arenal Volcano National Park (pictured) in Costa Rica is the top-ranking national park for 2022 and ‘offers a range of trails that wind through wildlife-rich rainforest and old lava flows, all anchored by one of the world’s most active volcanoes’ 

Hampshire's New Forest National Park (pictured) ranks 10th in the world and first in Europe

Hampshire’s New Forest National Park (pictured) ranks 10th in the world and first in Europe

Snowdonia National Park in Wales, pictured above, places 11th overall in the 'Outdoor Enthusiasts' category (which ranks national parks), ranking above the likes of global big-hitters such as Banff National Park in Canada (12th globally), Grand Canyon National Park in the United States (15th globally) and Iceland's Vatnajokull National Park (19th globally)

Snowdonia National Park in Wales, pictured above, places 11th overall in the ‘Outdoor Enthusiasts’ category (which ranks national parks), ranking above the likes of global big-hitters such as Banff National Park in Canada (12th globally), Grand Canyon National Park in the United States (15th globally) and Iceland’s Vatnajokull National Park (19th globally)

The UK’s national parks perform well – Hampshire’s New Forest National Park ranks 10th in the world and first in Europe, while Snowdonia National Park in Wales places 11th overall and is number two in Europe.

They both rank above the likes of global big-hitters such as Banff National Park in Canada (12th globally), Grand Canyon National Park in the United States (15th globally) and Iceland’s Vatnajokull National Park (19th globally).

Other UK parks recognised by the awards include Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and Dartmoor National Park in Devon, placing sixth and seventh in Europe respectively.

Other highly-ranked parks included Fiordland National Park in New Zealand (sixth); the Denali National Park and Preserve in the US (seventh); Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro National Park (eighth), and New Zealand’s Westland Tai Poutini National Park (ninth).

TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2022 – DESTINATIONS: TRENDING DESTINATIONS, OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS, AND FOOD LOVERS

 TRENDING DESTINATIONS

1. Majorca

2. Cairo

3. Rhodes

4. Tulum

5. Dubrovnik

6. Ibiza

7. Natal

8. Arusha

9. Goreme

10. Santorini

11. Paraty

12. Aruba

13. Split

14. Playa del Carmen

15. Island of Hawaii

16. Luxor

17. Dominican Republic

18. Charleston

19. St Martin / St Maarten

20. North Male Atoll

21. Zanzibar Island

22. La Fortuna de San Carlos

OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS

1. Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica 

2. Jim Corbett National Park, India 

Source: Tripadvisor

 

3. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

4. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

5. Kruger National Park, South Africa

6. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

7. Denali National Park and Preserve, US

8. Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

9. Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

10. New Forest National Park Hampshire, UK

11. Snowdonia National Park, UK

12. Banff National Park, Canada

13. Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, Italy 

14. Jasper National Park, Canada

15. Grand Canyon National Park, US

16. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

17. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

18. Freycinet, Australia

19. Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

20. Grand Teton National Park, US

21. Bryce Canyon National Park, US

22. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

23. Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Brazil

24. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia 

 25. Zion National Park, US

FOOD LOVERS

1. Rome

2. London

3. Paris

4. Dubai

5. Barcelona

6. Madrid

7. Sao Paulo

8. New York City

9. Bangkok

10. Singapore

11. Florence

12. Istanbul

13. Lisbon

14. Valencia

15. Naples

16. Cairo

17. Bordeaux

18. Cartagena

19. Lyon

20. New Orleans

21. Mexico City

22. Hanoi

23. Charleston

24. Marrakech

25. Hong Kong

 

In the 'Food Lovers' category, the gold medal goes to Rome - a city 'whetting the appetites of travellers from around the globe with its authentic pasta dishes and can't-miss gelato', according to Tripadvisor. Pictured is the city's Trevi Fountain

In the ‘Food Lovers’ category, the gold medal goes to Rome – a city ‘whetting the appetites of travellers from around the globe with its authentic pasta dishes and can’t-miss gelato’, according to Tripadvisor. Pictured is the city’s Trevi Fountain

Moving on to the ‘Food Lovers’ category, the gold medal goes to Rome – a city ‘whetting the appetites of travellers from around the globe with its authentic pasta dishes and can’t-miss gelato’, according to Tripadvisor.

The UK also triumphs in this category – London follows behind the Italian capital to take second place in the world and Europe. Also proving popular is Paris (third), Dubai (fourth), Barcelona (fifth), Madrid (sixth), Sao Paulo in Brazil (seventh), New York (eighth), Bangkok (ninth), and Singapore (10th).

Meanwhile, Dubai reigns supreme in the ‘City Lovers’ category, with Tripadvisor saying: ‘If you’re looking for a “Bright Lights, Big City” vibe, you can’t miss Dubai. Known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and lively nightlife, Dubai is the ultimate destination for city lovers.’

Paris, pictured, comes fifth in the 'City Lovers' category and third in the 'Food Lovers' ranking

Paris, pictured, comes fifth in the ‘City Lovers’ category and third in the ‘Food Lovers’ ranking

Tripadvisor says: 'For the many of us in need of a truly relaxing holiday, the white sand and sparkling azure waters of Cancun (pictured) are travellers' favourite place to enjoy fun in the sun.' The city is third overall and ranks number one in the 'Sun Seekers' category

Tripadvisor says: ‘For the many of us in need of a truly relaxing holiday, the white sand and sparkling azure waters of Cancun (pictured) are travellers’ favourite place to enjoy fun in the sun.’ The city is third overall and ranks number one in the ‘Sun Seekers’ category

Again, London does well here – it comes second in the world and ranks number one in Europe. Other cities that charmed TripAdvisor reviewers are Rome (third), Istanbul (fourth), Paris (fifth), Barcelona (sixth), Marrakech (seventh), Madrid (eighth), Cairo (ninth), and New Delhi, India (10th).

‘There’s sun, sea and sand aplenty to be enjoyed at these destinations,’ Tripadvisor says of the next category – ‘Sun Seekers’.

Cancun ranks number one, with the travel site noting: ‘For the many of us in need of a truly relaxing holiday, the white sand and sparkling azure waters of Cancun are travellers’ favourite places to enjoy fun in the sun.’

The rest of the sun-kissed top 10 is made up of Bali (second), Crete (third), Cabo San Lucas (fourth), Playa Del Carmen in Mexico (fifth), the Dominican Republic (sixth), Majorca (seventh), Hurghada (eighth), Tenerife (ninth) and Corsica (10th).

TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2022 – DESTINATIONS: SKIING, SUN SEEKERS, CITY LOVERS

CITY LOVERS

1. Dubai

2. London

3. Rome

4. Istanbul

5. Paris

6. Barcelona

7. Marrakech

8. Madrid

9. Cairo

10. New Delhi

11. Singapore

12. Edinburgh

13. Florence

14. Jaipur

15. Abu Dhabi

16. Cusco

17. Bangkok

18. Doha

19. Lisbon

20. Amsterdam

21. Las Vegas

22. Naples

23. Udaipur  

Source: Tripadvisor  

24. Athens 

25. Mumbai

SUN SEEKERS

1. Cancun

2. Bali

3. Crete

4. Cabo San Lucas

5. Playa del Carmen

6. Dominican Republic

7. Majorca

8. Hurghada

9. Tenerife

10. Corsica

11. Rhodes

12. Aruba

13. Phuket

14. Santorini

15. Rio de Janeiro

16. Sharm El Sheikh

17. Oahu

18. Goa

19. Jamaica

20. La Fortuna de San Carlos

21. Sedona

22. Praia Grande

23. Orlando

24. Campos Do Jordao

25. Banos

SKIERS

1. Zermatt, Switzerland

2. Jackson, US

3. Banff, Canada

4, Whistler, Canada

5. Queenstown, New Zealand

6. Ortisei, Italy 

7. Jasper, Canada

8. Park City, US

9. Chamonix, France

10. Breckenridge, US

11. Aspen, US

12. St. Moritz, Switzerland

13. L’Alpe d’Huez, France

14. Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

15. Livigno, Italy

16. Vail, US

17. Pinzolo, Italy 

18. Morzine, France

19. St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

20. San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

 

 

Zermatt (pictured) is ranked as the No.1 ski resort in the world. Tripadvisor says that it's an 'Alpine paradise'

Zermatt (pictured) is ranked as the No.1 ski resort in the world. Tripadvisor says that it’s an ‘Alpine paradise’

Where’s best for skiers? According to Tripadvisor, Zermatt in Switzerland is the number one ski resort in the world. It says: ‘Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is travellers’ favourite ski area in the town, described as an “Alpine paradise”.’

North America dominates the top 10 – in the USA, Jackson ranks in second place, followed by Park City (eighth) and Breckenridge (10th). Canada’s Banff (third), Whistler (fourth), and Jasper (seventh) also impressed Tripadvisor reviewers.

Other resorts that place highly include Queenstown in New Zealand (fifth), Ortisei in Italy (sixth), and Chamonix in France (ninth).

North America dominates the top 10 destinations for skiers - in the USA, Jackson (pictured) ranks in second place

North America dominates the top 10 destinations for skiers – in the USA, Jackson (pictured) ranks in second place

Canada's Whistler, pictured above, impressed Tripadvisor reviewers in the 'Skiers' category, ranking fourth

Canada’s Whistler, pictured above, impressed Tripadvisor reviewers in the ‘Skiers’ category, ranking fourth

Tripadvisor says: ‘If 2021 was the year travellers dipped their toes in the water with smaller getaways and outdoors trips, 2022 is shaping up to be the year we return to travel in a big way. Despite new variant surges, data shows that the desire to travel remains stronger than ever.’

According to a survey carried out by the travel site, 78 per cent of Britons say that they are ‘likely to travel for leisure in 2022, compared to 72 per cent of those who said that they travelled for leisure in 2019’.

Steven Paganelli – Director, Destinations, Hotels and OTAs, Americas at Tripadvisor – says: ‘As the world returns to travel, priorities are changing, and people want more memorable experiences on their trips. Almost three-quarters (70 per cent) of Brits say that it’s important they “see new places” when thinking about their future travel plans.

‘There is a whole world out there to choose from, and we want to help guide travellers looking to take the best trips for them – whatever that perfect holiday destination may look like. From adventure to R&R, the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations includes several subcategories created to reflect the best places to go no matter what type of trip you’re after.’

To see all the 2022 Travellers’ Choice Destinations winners, across all subcategories, visit tripadvisor.co.uk/TravellersChoice-Destinations.

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Only something extraordinary is going to win the prestigious accolade of Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) – and Amager Bakke in Copenhagen is exactly that.

The structure is an astonishing and surreal combination – an incineration plant topped with an artificial ski slope, hiking trail, a rooftop bar and the tallest climbing wall in the world.

The judges at the annual festival – a three-day virtual affair this year – awarded it Building of the Year 2021 having concluded that it ‘reminds us that buildings can be fun’.

Plenty of eye-catching designs could also be found among the WAF category winners list, including a trendy street food market in London that occupies a vacant historic building, a New York project that sees plywood used to board up shops repurposed into outdoor dining furniture for restaurants – and a research hub constructed from wooden triangles.

Running alongside WAF was the Inside World Festival of Interiors, which awarded Interior of the Year to the Capsule Hostel and Bookstore in China, a former house with mud walls transformed into a bookstore and hostel that can accommodate 20 people.

Scroll down for more on these and other gong-luring designs from the festival awards… 

Behold, the amazing Building of the Year - Amager Bakke, in Copenhagen. The structure, designed by Copenhagen and New York-based B.I.G Architects, also came top in the 'Production and Energy and Recycling - Completed Buildings' category. Amager Bakke is a waste-to-energy incineration plant topped with an artificial ski slope, hiking trail, a rooftop bar and a 280ft-high climbing wall (the tallest in the world). The judges said that the building 'addresses the role of architecture in the new world of recycling and zero carbon' and 'reminds us that buildings can be fun'

Behold, the amazing Building of the Year – Amager Bakke, in Copenhagen. The structure, designed by Copenhagen and New York-based B.I.G Architects, also came top in the ‘Production and Energy and Recycling – Completed Buildings’ category. Amager Bakke is a waste-to-energy incineration plant topped with an artificial ski slope, hiking trail, a rooftop bar and a 280ft-high climbing wall (the tallest in the world). The judges said that the building ‘addresses the role of architecture in the new world of recycling and zero carbon’ and ‘reminds us that buildings can be fun’

The winner of Interior of the Year goes to the Capsule Hostel and Bookstore in the village of Qinglongwu, in China's Zhejiang province. The building used to be a 232-square-metre (2,497-square-foot) wooden house with mud walls, but was transformed by Beijing-based architectural practice Atelier Tao+C into a capsule hostel that can accommodate 20 people, a community bookstore and a library. The contest's judges were impressed by the project’s 'simplicity in converting an existing rammed earth building into a complex and rich interior' and were taken by the ‘simple but warm palette of materials that have been used, including brick flooring made from recycled demolition materials and bamboo strip shelving’. The project also ranked number one in the 'New and Old - Inside' category

The winner of Interior of the Year goes to the Capsule Hostel and Bookstore in the village of Qinglongwu, in China’s Zhejiang province. The building used to be a 232-square-metre (2,497-square-foot) wooden house with mud walls, but was transformed by Beijing-based architectural practice Atelier Tao+C into a capsule hostel that can accommodate 20 people, a community bookstore and a library. The contest’s judges were impressed by the project’s ‘simplicity in converting an existing rammed earth building into a complex and rich interior’ and were taken by the ‘simple but warm palette of materials that have been used, including brick flooring made from recycled demolition materials and bamboo strip shelving’. The project also ranked number one in the ‘New and Old – Inside’ category 

Feast your eyes on the winner of the 'House and Villa (Rural/Nature) - Completed Buildings' category of the contest. This abode, known as Coopworth, was designed by FMD Architects and is located in Tasmania. The judges praised its ‘beautifully simplistic, agricultural rigour’ and the way the project ‘demonstrates a symbiotic relationship with its rural context through its form, colour, visual connectivity and material palette’

Feast your eyes on the winner of the ‘House and Villa (Rural/Nature) – Completed Buildings’ category of the contest. This abode, known as Coopworth, was designed by FMD Architects and is located in Tasmania. The judges praised its ‘beautifully simplistic, agricultural rigour’ and the way the project ‘demonstrates a symbiotic relationship with its rural context through its form, colour, visual connectivity and material palette’

The ‘Civic & Community – Completed Buildings’ category winner was the sophisticated Kirkkonummi Library (pictured) in Kirkkonummi, Finland. It was designed by JKMM Architects, who incorporated an existing 1980s building on the site into the design. A statement reveals: 'Judges found it striking how the new and the old elements were so well integrated that it was difficult to see where one stopped and the other started'

The ‘Civic & Community – Completed Buildings’ category winner was the sophisticated Kirkkonummi Library (pictured) in Kirkkonummi, Finland. It was designed by JKMM Architects, who incorporated an existing 1980s building on the site into the design. A statement reveals: ‘Judges found it striking how the new and the old elements were so well integrated that it was difficult to see where one stopped and the other started’

The top spot in the ‘Culture – Completed Buildings’ category was taken by Phoenix Central Park in Sydney, Australia, a space for performance and visual arts. It was designed by Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects. The judges praised the ‘spectacular brick exterior wall’

The top spot in the ‘Culture – Completed Buildings’ category was taken by Phoenix Central Park in Sydney, Australia, a space for performance and visual arts. It was designed by Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects. The judges praised the ‘spectacular brick exterior wall’

First place in the 'Transport - Completed Buildings' category went to Moynihan Train Hall, pictured. It's an expansion of Pennsylvania Station in the US, and opened to the public in January

First place in the ‘Transport – Completed Buildings’ category went to Moynihan Train Hall, pictured. It’s an expansion of Pennsylvania Station in the US, and opened to the public in January 

Reigning victorious in the 'Sport - Completed Buildings' category was the Ken Rosewall Arena Redevelopment at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Cox Architecture is behind the sleek design

Reigning victorious in the ‘Sport – Completed Buildings’ category was the Ken Rosewall Arena Redevelopment at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Cox Architecture is behind the sleek design 

Holme Apartments, pictured, in Collingwood, Australia, ranked number one in the  'Housing - Completed Buildings' category. John Wardle Architects is behind the design. According to a statement, the judges were impressed by the consideration of ‘urban scale through to finely crafted interior detail’ in the building as well as the ‘skilful re-use of the existing heritage’

The grand prize in the 'Office - Completed Buildings' category went to 'Olderfleet', pictured above. Tim Griffith and Nicole England are responsible for designing the striking Melbourne office facility

LEFT: Holme Apartments in Collingwood, Australia, ranked number one in the ‘Housing – Completed Buildings’ category. John Wardle Architects is behind the design. According to a statement, the judges were impressed by the consideration of ‘urban scale through to finely crafted interior detail’ in the building as well as the ‘skilful re-use of the existing heritage’. RIGHT: The grand prize in the ‘Office – Completed Buildings’ category went to ‘Olderfleet’. Tim Griffith and Nicole England are responsible for designing the striking Melbourne office facility

The Raas Chhatrasagar hotel, set east of Jodhpur, India, won the 'Hotel and Leisure - Completed Buildings' category. The hotel, designed by Studio Lotus, was chosen by the judges 'for its strong ideas and respect towards the environment'. Judges were especially struck by ‘the way the pavilion and the back of house reuses already existing buildings and materials’

The Raas Chhatrasagar hotel, set east of Jodhpur, India, won the ‘Hotel and Leisure – Completed Buildings’ category. The hotel, designed by Studio Lotus, was chosen by the judges ‘for its strong ideas and respect towards the environment’. Judges were especially struck by ‘the way the pavilion and the back of house reuses already existing buildings and materials’

The Sky House, pictured, was the cream of the crop in the 'House and Villa (urban/suburban) - Completed Buildings' category. Mia Design Studio is behind the construction, which is located in An Phu, Vietnam. Judges selected the winning project for its ‘simple, elegant, and well-resolved design that successfully brings nature into the house, in the midst of a sprawling sea of high-rise urban development; a problem faced by many cities today’

The Sky House, pictured, was the cream of the crop in the ‘House and Villa (urban/suburban) – Completed Buildings’ category. Mia Design Studio is behind the construction, which is located in An Phu, Vietnam. Judges selected the winning project for its ‘simple, elegant, and well-resolved design that successfully brings nature into the house, in the midst of a sprawling sea of high-rise urban development; a problem faced by many cities today’

This beautiful London structure took the top spot in the 'Mixed Use - Completed Buildings' category. Known as 'The Post Building', it was designed by Simon Morris of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

This beautiful London structure took the top spot in the ‘Mixed Use – Completed Buildings’ category. Known as ‘The Post Building’, it was designed by Simon Morris of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Pictured here is the winner of the 'Higher Education and Research - Completed Buildings' category, the Scion Innovation Hub in Rotorua, New Zealand. The geometric structure, designed by Rta Studio and Irving Smith Architects, also won a special prize for the 'Best Use of Certified Timber'. Scion is a government-owned company that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood and wood-derived materials sectors. Members of the public can visit the ground floor of the firm's three-storey hub, where they can learn about Scion's research through interactive exhibitions

Pictured here is the winner of the ‘Higher Education and Research – Completed Buildings’ category, the Scion Innovation Hub in Rotorua, New Zealand. The geometric structure, designed by Rta Studio and Irving Smith Architects, also won a special prize for the ‘Best Use of Certified Timber’. Scion is a government-owned company that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood and wood-derived materials sectors. Members of the public can visit the ground floor of the firm’s three-storey hub, where they can learn about Scion’s research through interactive exhibitions 

Fortitude Valley State Secondary College (pictured) in Brisbane, Australia, topped the list in the 'School - Completed Buildings' category. Cox Architecture and ThomsonAdsett design firm impressed the judges with the ‘manmade landscape which evokes informal learning, spontaneous encounters, and play’. The judges added that this project ‘gives a new perspective to vertical schools in an era of sustainability and Covid-19’

Fortitude Valley State Secondary College (pictured) in Brisbane, Australia, topped the list in the ‘School – Completed Buildings’ category. Cox Architecture and ThomsonAdsett design firm impressed the judges with the ‘manmade landscape which evokes informal learning, spontaneous encounters, and play’. The judges added that this project ‘gives a new perspective to vertical schools in an era of sustainability and Covid-19’

Look above and you'll find the winner of the 'Competition Entries - Future Projects’ category. Design and More International are behind the concept - a house of prayer in Preston, Lancashire, known as Jannat Masjid. 'The design aspires for visitors to both literally and metaphorically rise above their surroundings, and leave behind nearby motorways and dwellings,' a statement reads, adding: 'The building also draws in both worshippers and other members of the community, making it a shared space for congregation, discussion, discourse and social activity'

Look above and you’ll find the winner of the ‘Competition Entries – Future Projects’ category. Design and More International are behind the concept – a house of prayer in Preston, Lancashire, known as Jannat Masjid. ‘The design aspires for visitors to both literally and metaphorically rise above their surroundings, and leave behind nearby motorways and dwellings,’ a statement reads, adding: ‘The building also draws in both worshippers and other members of the community, making it a shared space for congregation, discussion, discourse and social activity

The Atlassian Headquarters (pictured) in Sydney, designed by Shop Architects, ranked number one in the 'Office - Future Projects’ category. The judges described the project as ‘liberating in its approach’ to design

The Atlassian Headquarters (pictured) in Sydney, designed by Shop Architects, ranked number one in the ‘Office – Future Projects’ category. The judges described the project as ‘liberating in its approach’ to design

This clever design proposal for a 'revolutionary wooden residential building in the heart of the Lloydquarter in Rotterdam' took the lead in the 'Experimental - Future Projects’ category. The concept - called 'Sawa' - was designed by Mei architects and planners. A statement explains: 'Judges felt that the project goes beyond the requirements of carbon neutrality in the building process, considering the ecology of the site and nature as essential aspects of its development'

This clever design proposal for a ‘revolutionary wooden residential building in the heart of the Lloydquarter in Rotterdam’ took the lead in the ‘Experimental – Future Projects’ category. The concept – called ‘Sawa’ – was designed by Mei architects and planners. A statement explains: ‘Judges felt that the project goes beyond the requirements of carbon neutrality in the building process, considering the ecology of the site and nature as essential aspects of its development’

The charming Shahgholi Villa in Iran, designed by FMZD, took the gold medal in the 'House - Future Projects’ category. Judges described the project as ‘an elegantly conceived and presented scheme that imaginatively turns a space once occupied by an orchard into a family home which enriched conventions about privacy and intimacy’

The charming Shahgholi Villa in Iran, designed by FMZD, took the gold medal in the ‘House – Future Projects’ category. Judges described the project as ‘an elegantly conceived and presented scheme that imaginatively turns a space once occupied by an orchard into a family home which enriched conventions about privacy and intimacy’

Take a look at the plan for the No 2 Grinding Wheel Factory Cultural Creative Park in China. Conceived by Shenzen-based CCDI Group, the innovative park was a joint winner in the 'Culture - Future Projects’ category

Take a look at the plan for the No 2 Grinding Wheel Factory Cultural Creative Park in China. Conceived by Shenzen-based CCDI Group, the innovative park was a joint winner in the ‘Culture – Future Projects’ category

Above you'll see the other joint winner of the 'Culture - Future Projects’ category. Designed by Studio V Architecture, it's an arts and cultural campus in Buffalo, New York, called 'Silo City'

Above you’ll see the other joint winner of the ‘Culture – Future Projects’ category. Designed by Studio V Architecture, it’s an arts and cultural campus in Buffalo, New York, called ‘Silo City’

The eye-catching Music Campus Myanmar, pictured, in the town of Keng Tung, came first in the 'Education - Future Projects’ category. According to the judges, the Mlkk Studio-designed music school is 'much more than a building but a catalyst for change in a rural community – teaching the local community simple building techniques with which to construct the music centre, giving them valuable skills to use elsewhere'

The eye-catching Music Campus Myanmar, pictured, in the town of Keng Tung, came first in the ‘Education – Future Projects’ category. According to the judges, the Mlkk Studio-designed music school is ‘much more than a building but a catalyst for change in a rural community – teaching the local community simple building techniques with which to construct the music centre, giving them valuable skills to use elsewhere’

The redesign of Sunderland High Street West claimed the top spot in the 'Commercial Mixed-use - Future Projects’ category. Faulkner Brown Architects is behind the vision. A statement notes: 'The selection of this scheme as the winning entry was a unanimous decision by all the judges.' They were impressed by ‘the ambitious plans by Sunderland City Council to achieve carbon-neutral status by 2040... the architects’ collaborative efforts with the local community and the reuse of major structures’

The redesign of Sunderland High Street West claimed the top spot in the ‘Commercial Mixed-use – Future Projects’ category. Faulkner Brown Architects is behind the vision. A statement notes: ‘The selection of this scheme as the winning entry was a unanimous decision by all the judges.’ They were impressed by ‘the ambitious plans by Sunderland City Council to achieve carbon-neutral status by 2040… the architects’ collaborative efforts with the local community and the reuse of major structures’

This chic office in Sydney, Australia, came up trumps in the 'Workplace (small) - Inside’ category. It was masterminded by Smart Design Studio, which turned an industrial building into a contemporary office space. Judges praised the designers for transforming the building's 'character'

This chic office in Sydney, Australia, came up trumps in the ‘Workplace (small) – Inside’ category. It was masterminded by Smart Design Studio, which turned an industrial building into a contemporary office space. Judges praised the designers for transforming the building’s ‘character’

First prize in the ‘Temporary/Meanwhile Uses’ category goes to BVN Architecture's 'Re-ply' project in New York, for which thousands of sheets of landfill-destined plywood installed to protect shops during lockdowns and protests have been repurposed into sidewalk tables and chairs and 'retail kits' (pictured) for 'embattled restaurants and bars'. Judges felt that this project was ‘truly part of the zeitgeist of 2020, leveraging a set of events into a series of impactful opportunities’

First prize in the ‘Temporary/Meanwhile Uses’ category goes to BVN Architecture’s ‘Re-ply’ project in New York, for which thousands of sheets of landfill-destined plywood installed to protect shops during lockdowns and protests have been repurposed into sidewalk tables and chairs and ‘retail kits’ (pictured) for ’embattled restaurants and bars’. Judges felt that this project was ‘truly part of the zeitgeist of 2020, leveraging a set of events into a series of impactful opportunities’ 

Introducing the winner of the 'Workplace (large) - Inside’ category, the YTL Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ministry of Design Pte Ltd designed the space. Impressed, the judges observed that ‘at times the images looked like renderings with all the clutter associated with interior office space removed’

The winner of the 'Residential- Inside’ category. It's an apartment in China, known as 'The Home for A Brand New Start', and it was designed by Stiff and Trevillion. Judges felt that the project offers ‘an empathetic reimagining of an existing apartment for a mother and her child’, with the use of ‘flexible and interlayered spaces’

LEFT: The winner of the ‘Workplace (large) – Inside’ category, the YTL Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ministry of Design Pte Ltd designed the space. Impressed, the judges observed that ‘at times the images looked like renderings with all the clutter associated with interior office space removed’. RIGHT: The winner of the ‘Residential- Inside’ category. It’s an apartment in China, known as ‘The Home for A Brand New Start’, and it was designed by Stiff and Trevillion. Judges felt that the project offers ‘an empathetic reimagining of an existing apartment for a mother and her child’, with the use of ‘flexible and interlayered spaces’

Stiff and Trevillion is also behind the winner of the 'Bars and Restaurants - Inside’ category - the Kerb Foods street food market in Covent Garden, London. 'This project reoccupies a vacant historic building with a row of market stalls, and a two-storey atrium with restaurant and coffee outlets,' a statement reveals. The judges said that the building 'continues the role of food in the city’s social and physical fabric, while working hard to be sustainable'

Stiff and Trevillion is also behind the winner of the ‘Bars and Restaurants – Inside’ category – the Kerb Foods street food market in Covent Garden, London. ‘This project reoccupies a vacant historic building with a row of market stalls, and a two-storey atrium with restaurant and coffee outlets,’ a statement reveals. The judges said that the building ‘continues the role of food in the city’s social and physical fabric, while working hard to be sustainable’

Topping the podium in the 'Public Buildings - Inside’ category is The Museum of Copenhagen in Denmark, designed by JAC Studios APS. It's described as 'a sophisticated transformation of an 1891 orphanage'. Judges were taken by the ‘beautiful touches in every detail, like the mirrored pavilion which houses exhibition pieces as well as reflecting the gorgeous ceiling designs, and the hand-blown glass staircase lights inspired by the stained-glass windows of the original building’

Topping the podium in the ‘Public Buildings – Inside’ category is The Museum of Copenhagen in Denmark, designed by JAC Studios APS. It’s described as ‘a sophisticated transformation of an 1891 orphanage’. Judges were taken by the ‘beautiful touches in every detail, like the mirrored pavilion which houses exhibition pieces as well as reflecting the gorgeous ceiling designs, and the hand-blown glass staircase lights inspired by the stained-glass windows of the original building’

Pictured above is the stylish Casa Palerm in Mallorca, Spain. The design, created by Spanish studio Ohlab, reigned supreme in the 'Residential Single Dwelling - Inside’ category. A statement says: 'The layout, parallel to the slope of the terrain, allows all the rooms to enjoy views of the countryside and the Tramontana mountains towards the north while taking advantage of the south sun'

Pictured above is the stylish Casa Palerm in Mallorca, Spain. The design, created by Spanish studio Ohlab, reigned supreme in the ‘Residential Single Dwelling – Inside’ category. A statement says: ‘The layout, parallel to the slope of the terrain, allows all the rooms to enjoy views of the countryside and the Tramontana mountains towards the north while taking advantage of the south sun’

The gong in the 'Education - Inside' category goes to The Schoolhouse at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, a 'prototype space for in-person learning' designed by Rapt Studio. A statement explains: 'The Schoolhouse offers multiple layouts in an existing building, selected to create a Google School for Leaders, a unique initiative that helps executives develop the skills needed to lead effectively in the 21st century.' The judges described the concept as ‘an ambitious and innovative example of how it is possible to retrofit an existing building to create a dynamic, welcoming and comfortable work and learning environment’

The gong in the ‘Education – Inside’ category goes to The Schoolhouse at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, a ‘prototype space for in-person learning’ designed by Rapt Studio. A statement explains: ‘The Schoolhouse offers multiple layouts in an existing building, selected to create a Google School for Leaders, a unique initiative that helps executives develop the skills needed to lead effectively in the 21st century.’ The judges described the concept as ‘an ambitious and innovative example of how it is possible to retrofit an existing building to create a dynamic, welcoming and comfortable work and learning environment’ 

The Sanya Mangrove Park in the city of Sanya, China, was one of several winners in the 'Landscape – Nature Context’ category. It was created by Turenscape, and was designed 'to protect the coastline, avoid flooding and soil erosion whilst creating a green space accessible to the community'

The Sanya Mangrove Park in the city of Sanya, China, was one of several winners in the ‘Landscape – Nature Context’ category. It was created by Turenscape, and was designed ‘to protect the coastline, avoid flooding and soil erosion whilst creating a green space accessible to the community’

The second of four winners in the 'Landscape – Nature Context’ category. Koper Central Park, pictured, is located in the city of Koper, Slovenia, and was designed by Enota Architects. A statement explains: 'The fusing of the elements of a city beach and a contemporary city park encourages the area's residents and visitors to use the space of this new development for many different activities'

The second of four winners in the ‘Landscape – Nature Context’ category. Koper Central Park, pictured, is located in the city of Koper, Slovenia, and was designed by Enota Architects. A statement explains: ‘The fusing of the elements of a city beach and a contemporary city park encourages the area’s residents and visitors to use the space of this new development for many different activities’

The third winner in the 'Landscape – Nature Context’ category was Suining South Riverfront park in Suining City, China, by  Ecoland Planning and Design Corporation and the Sichuan Provincial Architectural Design and Research Institute Co. 'This project transforms a four-kilometre- (2.3-mile) long ecologically and socially lifeless shoreline belt into a verdant, sustainable riverfront park by integrating ecological infrastructure and resilient strategies,' a statement explains

The third winner in the ‘Landscape – Nature Context’ category was Suining South Riverfront park in Suining City, China, by  Ecoland Planning and Design Corporation and the Sichuan Provincial Architectural Design and Research Institute Co. ‘This project transforms a four-kilometre- (2.3-mile) long ecologically and socially lifeless shoreline belt into a verdant, sustainable riverfront park by integrating ecological infrastructure and resilient strategies,’ a statement explains

The 'Landscape – Urban Context’ category also had multiple winners - the first of which was Niederhafen River Promenade, in Hamburg, Germany. The 625m (2,050ft) promenade, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, doubles as a flood protection barrier and offers visitors panoramic views of the river Elbe and its historic port

The ‘Landscape – Urban Context’ category also had multiple winners – the first of which was Niederhafen River Promenade, in Hamburg, Germany. The 625m (2,050ft) promenade, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, doubles as a flood protection barrier and offers visitors panoramic views of the river Elbe and its historic port

Another winner in the 'Landscape – Urban Context’ category was Xuhui Runway Park (pictured) in Shanghai, China. It was conjured up by the international design firm Sasaki. A statement explains: 'Once the main runway of Longhua Airport, the site has transformed into a side-by-side public street and linear park, providing a valuable open space corridor which serves the district’s high-density developments and offers a much needed recreational space for adjacent neighbourhoods'

Another winner in the ‘Landscape – Urban Context’ category was Xuhui Runway Park (pictured) in Shanghai, China. It was conjured up by the international design firm Sasaki. A statement explains: ‘Once the main runway of Longhua Airport, the site has transformed into a side-by-side public street and linear park, providing a valuable open space corridor which serves the district’s high-density developments and offers a much needed recreational space for adjacent neighbourhoods’

Another winner in the 'Landscape – Urban Context’ category was this renovation by SD Atelier Design & Planning of a formerly closed section of railway in Taichung City, Taiwan. It's now an 'urban recreational area with diverse features of ecology and culture'

Another winner in the ‘Landscape – Urban Context’ category was this renovation by SD Atelier Design & Planning of a formerly closed section of railway in Taichung City, Taiwan. It’s now an ‘urban recreational area with diverse features of ecology and culture’

A third winner in the 'Landscape – Urban Context’ category was the transformation of the area surrounding the Qasr Al Hosn Fort (pictured in the background) in Abu Dhabi. The fort is the oldest standing stone structure in Abu Dhabi. Pictured in the foreground is the Al Musallah prayer hall, which is part of the redesign

A third winner in the ‘Landscape – Urban Context’ category was the transformation of the area surrounding the Qasr Al Hosn Fort (pictured in the background) in Abu Dhabi. The fort is the oldest standing stone structure in Abu Dhabi. Pictured in the foreground is the Al Musallah prayer hall, which is part of the redesign 

The 'Best Use of Colour' award in the 'Special Prizes' category went to the Majara Residence on the island of Hormuz, south of Iran. The brightly-coloured construction, described as 'a holiday community of 200 brightly coloured domed residences', was created by Zav Architects. The judges said: 'The colour and form are beautifully integrated in these simple and stunning domes with their references back to Persian culture and to the immediate natural environment’. They added: ‘They bring harmony and a peace, providing an impressive visual treat to an otherwise quite desolate area'

The ‘Best Use of Colour’ award in the ‘Special Prizes’ category went to the Majara Residence on the island of Hormuz, south of Iran. The brightly-coloured construction, described as ‘a holiday community of 200 brightly coloured domed residences’, was created by Zav Architects. The judges said: ‘The colour and form are beautifully integrated in these simple and stunning domes with their references back to Persian culture and to the immediate natural environment’. They added: ‘They bring harmony and a peace, providing an impressive visual treat to an otherwise quite desolate area’

The base in St James's University Hospital in Leeds for Maggie’s Yorkshire, a charity that provides free support for people with cancer, won the Best Use of Natural Light award in the 'Special Prizes' category. The light-filled space was designed by Heatherwick Studio. 'The biophilic design, combining vegetation and wood, creates a unique experience, and the scarcity of natural light pushes the architects to do more with less, turning restrictive conditions into opportunities,' said the judges

The base in St James’s University Hospital in Leeds for Maggie’s Yorkshire, a charity that provides free support for people with cancer, won the Best Use of Natural Light award in the ‘Special Prizes’ category. The light-filled space was designed by Heatherwick Studio. ‘The biophilic design, combining vegetation and wood, creates a unique experience, and the scarcity of natural light pushes the architects to do more with less, turning restrictive conditions into opportunities,’ said the judges

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These images show the unadulterated beauty of the Big Apple and beyond.

They are all winning and runner-up photographs from the inaugural New York Photography Awards which, despite the name, is actually open to any photographer over 18 ‘out to define themselves through their eye-catching photos… who have a story to tell’. There is, of course, a ‘New York Photography’ category, but entrants could also submit photographs to categories that included ‘Architecture’, ‘Black & White’, ‘Commercial’, ‘Nature’ and ‘People’.

The judges chose from over 3,000 photographs submitted from more than 50 countries, selecting winners based on ‘the creative messages and nuances behind each photograph’.

A shot of a thunderous New Zealand waterfall and a picture of a castle emerging from the fog in Tuscany impressed the judges and in the ‘New York’ category a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Manhattan and a mesmerising shot of a lightning bolt hitting One World Trade snared runner-up gongs. The shots of New York’s architectural landmarks by Italian photographer Raffaele Canepa lso struck a chord with the judges, so much so that they bestowed upon him the title of Professional Photographer of Year.

Kenjo Ong, CEO of the International Awards Associate (IAA), which runs the contest, said: ‘We’re truly astonished by the fact that many amazing photographers worldwide submitted their one-of-a-kind photographs in the awards. We were able to honour the efforts and time that was put into capturing these images, as well as bestow upon them the accolades they truly deserve.’ 

 Below, you’ll find MailOnline Travel’s pick of the winners and runners-up. Scroll down to the very bottom to find a shot from Canepa’s winning portfolio.

Photographer Saso Domijan set himself a goal to capture a bolt of lightning striking the antenna of the One World Trade Center in New York City, and succeeded with this photograph. He said: 'I had no idea how many times it happens or if it would even happen at all.' Domijan's first few attempts didn't go to plan, as rain and fog 'cut the visibility to zero'. He explained: 'So all I got were lightning strikes and no buildings. With patience and having alerts set in many weather apps I managed to catch the "perfect storm". The rain and fog moved towards the east but high clouds still remained and with a few lightning strikes I managed to catch a perfect one.' He described the experience as 'once in a lifetime'. The awe-inspiring picture was a runner-up [known as a 'Gold Winner' in the contest] in the 'New York Photography - Cityscapes' category

Photographer Saso Domijan set himself a goal to capture a bolt of lightning striking the antenna of the One World Trade Center in New York City, and succeeded with this photograph. He said: ‘I had no idea how many times it happens or if it would even happen at all.’ Domijan’s first few attempts didn’t go to plan, as rain and fog ‘cut the visibility to zero’. He explained: ‘So all I got were lightning strikes and no buildings. With patience and having alerts set in many weather apps I managed to catch the “perfect storm”. The rain and fog moved towards the east but high clouds still remained and with a few lightning strikes I managed to catch a perfect one.’ He described the experience as ‘once in a lifetime’. The awe-inspiring picture was a runner-up [known as a ‘Gold Winner’ in the contest] in the ‘New York Photography – Cityscapes’ category

'I wanted this image to represent the sheer incredibly epic landscape in front of me during a visit to Eystrahorn [a mountain in the Eastfjords] in Iceland,' says British photographer Marc Le Cornu of this powerful picture. It was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Aerial/Drone' category, and was taken during an 'amazing photographic road trip'. Le Cornu recalls: 'There was a brief gap in the clouds allowing the sun to shine through and we stood in awe as it illuminated the volcanic mountains! With the storm clouds still surrounding the mountains, the view was breathtaking and hopefully, I captured that moment'

‘I wanted this image to represent the sheer incredibly epic landscape in front of me during a visit to Eystrahorn [a mountain in the Eastfjords] in Iceland,’ says British photographer Marc Le Cornu of this powerful picture. It was a runner-up in the ‘Nature Photography – Aerial/Drone’ category, and was taken during an ‘amazing photographic road trip’. Le Cornu recalls: ‘There was a brief gap in the clouds allowing the sun to shine through and we stood in awe as it illuminated the volcanic mountains! With the storm clouds still surrounding the mountains, the view was breathtaking and hopefully, I captured that moment’

Le Cornu was also behind this camera for this stunning aerial shot, which was the overall winner in the 'Editorial Photography - Sports' category of the contest. It shows swimmers competing at the start of the 2021 Jersey Triathlon in September. Le Cornu was hired by the event organisers and sponsors to document the race. He says: 'After a year where the athletes were unable to compete due to Covid, this explosion of human power was a release of pent-up adrenaline that the athletes had been keeping contained for such a long period of time. [They were] finally able to release it in the swim start of the triathlon.' He adds: 'I wanted to capture this important moment in the lives of these athletes'

Le Cornu was also behind this camera for this stunning aerial shot, which was the overall winner in the ‘Editorial Photography – Sports’ category of the contest. It shows swimmers competing at the start of the 2021 Jersey Triathlon in September. Le Cornu was hired by the event organisers and sponsors to document the race. He says: ‘After a year where the athletes were unable to compete due to Covid, this explosion of human power was a release of pent-up adrenaline that the athletes had been keeping contained for such a long period of time. [They were] finally able to release it in the swim start of the triathlon.’ He adds: ‘I wanted to capture this important moment in the lives of these athletes’

This spectacular picture was a runner-up in the 'Long Exposure Photography' category. Photographer and pilot Christiaan van Heijst reveals that it is a wide-angle shot taken from the cockpit of a Boeing 747, 'flying high above the face of the earth'. He adds that the plane was 'suspended between the stars and the world below'

This spectacular picture was a runner-up in the ‘Long Exposure Photography’ category. Photographer and pilot Christiaan van Heijst reveals that it is a wide-angle shot taken from the cockpit of a Boeing 747, ‘flying high above the face of the earth’. He adds that the plane was ‘suspended between the stars and the world below’

Cast your eye above and you'll see a breathtaking shot of the Milky Way illuminating the skies over the Sahara Desert in Egypt. This photograph - taken by Alexander Vershinin - was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Landscapes' category

Cast your eye above and you’ll see a breathtaking shot of the Milky Way illuminating the skies over the Sahara Desert in Egypt. This photograph – taken by Alexander Vershinin – was a runner-up in the ‘Nature Photography – Landscapes’ category 

Feast your eyes on a runner-up in the 'New York Photography - Cityscapes' category. Ranjan Ramchandani took this photograph from an aircraft that was flying over Manhattan. He says: 'After photographing the city from practically every vantage point on land and water, I decided to take a new dimension [by] making cityscapes from the air and this is one of them.' He recalls: 'I still remember my pilot showing me the typical frame of Manhattan from the sea which they call the "money shot", but wanting to be different, I kept my eyes peeled till I saw this frame and requested a second fly-past to capture it'

Feast your eyes on a runner-up in the ‘New York Photography – Cityscapes’ category. Ranjan Ramchandani took this photograph from an aircraft that was flying over Manhattan. He says: ‘After photographing the city from practically every vantage point on land and water, I decided to take a new dimension [by] making cityscapes from the air and this is one of them.’ He recalls: ‘I still remember my pilot showing me the typical frame of Manhattan from the sea which they call the “money shot”, but wanting to be different, I kept my eyes peeled till I saw this frame and requested a second fly-past to capture it’

Here you'll see a charming shot of a fennec, also known as a 'desert fox', moving through the Sahara Desert. Italy-based wildlife photographer Marcello Galleano was behind the lens. The photograph, which is titled 'Spacewalk of a Fennec', was a runner-up in the 'New York Photography - Wildlife' category

Here you’ll see a charming shot of a fennec, also known as a ‘desert fox’, moving through the Sahara Desert. Italy-based wildlife photographer Marcello Galleano was behind the lens. The photograph, which is titled ‘Spacewalk of a Fennec’, was a runner-up in the ‘New York Photography – Wildlife’ category 

Lomagnupur, a subglacial mound in south Iceland, is shown in this spectacular shot, which was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Seascape' category. It was taken by German photographer Judith Kuhn. With her camera in position, she waited for the clouds to disappear and for the water in the foreground to turn completely still before she captured this shot. Kuhn recalls: 'Then the first rays of sun fell on the Lomagnupur and there was a wonderful contrast between the reddish stone and the green moss at the foot of the mountain'

Lomagnupur, a subglacial mound in south Iceland, is shown in this spectacular shot, which was a runner-up in the ‘Nature Photography – Seascape’ category. It was taken by German photographer Judith Kuhn. With her camera in position, she waited for the clouds to disappear and for the water in the foreground to turn completely still before she captured this shot. Kuhn recalls: ‘Then the first rays of sun fell on the Lomagnupur and there was a wonderful contrast between the reddish stone and the green moss at the foot of the mountain’

'Kelingking Beach on the Penida island [in Indonesia] is famous for its beautiful and also dangerous waves.' So says Jaka Ivancic of the setting for this shot, which was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Seascape' category. The Slovenian photographer adds that visitors 'sometimes risk their lives' on the beach by running alongside the waves

‘Kelingking Beach on the Penida island [in Indonesia] is famous for its beautiful and also dangerous waves.’ So says Jaka Ivancic of the setting for this shot, which was a runner-up in the ‘Nature Photography – Seascape’ category. The Slovenian photographer adds that visitors ‘sometimes risk their lives’ on the beach by running alongside the waves 

Ivancic also took this beautifully wintry picture, which was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Seasons' category. It was captured in the Javornik Hills in Slovenia and shows 'a combination of fog, wind and freezing temperatures' creating 'art' on the area's trees. Ivancic says: 'It's typical for this weather phenomenon that the ground remains brown, but the trees are totally embraced with linear ice formations'

Ivancic also took this beautifully wintry picture, which was a runner-up in the ‘Nature Photography – Seasons’ category. It was captured in the Javornik Hills in Slovenia and shows ‘a combination of fog, wind and freezing temperatures’ creating ‘art’ on the area’s trees. Ivancic says: ‘It’s typical for this weather phenomenon that the ground remains brown, but the trees are totally embraced with linear ice formations’

This enchanting picture was captured by Brazilian photographer Henrique Murta, whose portfolio was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Aerial/Drone' category. It shows the Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert region in southeast Spain. He says: 'This series is about one certain planet. A rare kind of planet you can only dream of'

This enchanting picture was captured by Brazilian photographer Henrique Murta, whose portfolio was a runner-up in the ‘Nature Photography – Aerial/Drone’ category. It shows the Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert region in southeast Spain. He says: ‘This series is about one certain planet. A rare kind of planet you can only dream of’

Another striking shot from Murta's prize-winning portfolio. It shows Jostedal Glacier in Norway, which is the largest glacier in continental Europe

Another striking shot from Murta’s prize-winning portfolio. It shows Jostedal Glacier in Norway, which is the largest glacier in continental Europe

Italian photographer Alberto Fornasari captured this magical picture, which was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Landscapes' category. It was snapped in the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, in Campigna, Italy. Fornasari says that the national park has 'the most spectacular foliage in Italy'. With his photography, he set out to show 'the beauty of nature' and 'the colours of autumn through the light of dawn with the fog'

Italian photographer Alberto Fornasari captured this magical picture, which was a runner-up in the ‘Nature Photography – Landscapes’ category. It was snapped in the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, in Campigna, Italy. Fornasari says that the national park has ‘the most spectacular foliage in Italy’. With his photography, he set out to show ‘the beauty of nature’ and ‘the colours of autumn through the light of dawn with the fog’ 

Fornasari impressed the judges yet again with this shot, which was a runner-up in the 'New York Photography - Landscape' category. It shows the 13th-century Poppi Castle, also known as Dante's Castle, rising through the fog in the small town of Poppi, Tuscany. Highlighting the cultural significance of the castle, he says that the fortress is 'among the best preserved in Italy'. Fornasari adds that the castle has 'ten beautiful rooms inside' and that visitors can climb its high tower, 'from which you can admire the spectacle of the most typical Tuscan countryside'

Fornasari impressed the judges yet again with this shot, which was a runner-up in the ‘New York Photography – Landscape’ category. It shows the 13th-century Poppi Castle, also known as Dante’s Castle, rising through the fog in the small town of Poppi, Tuscany. Highlighting the cultural significance of the castle, he says that the fortress is ‘among the best preserved in Italy’. Fornasari adds that the castle has ‘ten beautiful rooms inside’ and that visitors can climb its high tower, ‘from which you can admire the spectacle of the most typical Tuscan countryside’

This picture, taken by Carl Stanley in 2018, was a runner-up in the 'Fine Art Photography - Landscape' category. It shows a waterfall in Milford Sound on New Zealand's South Island. Stanley set out to capture the 'spray of water crashing against the rock at the base of the falls'. He adds that the 'unique dark rock walls add a sense of mood'

This is a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Milky Way' category, captured by Lars Gesing. It shows the stars of the Milky Way galaxy over a hut in the American West - an area that Gesing describes as a 'megalith of history, dotted with the proud ruins of grit and determination'

LEFT: This picture, taken by Carl Stanley in 2018, was a runner-up in the ‘Fine Art Photography – Landscape’ category. It shows a waterfall in Milford Sound on New Zealand’s South Island. Stanley set out to capture the ‘spray of water crashing against the rock at the base of the falls’. He adds that the ‘unique dark rock walls add a sense of mood’. RIGHT: Here you’ll see a runner-up in the ‘Nature Photography – Milky Way’ category, captured by Lars Gesing. It shows the stars of the Milky Way galaxy over a hut in the American West – an area that Gesing describes as a ‘megalith of history, dotted with the proud ruins of grit and determination’

This vibrant picture shows a farmer 'going home on his bicycle after laying out red chillies on plastic sheets' in Panchagarh, a district in Northern Bangladesh. It was a runner-up in the 'People Photography - Lifestyle' category, and was snared by Emran Ali. Sharing the backstory to the picture, the photographer explains that 'during the harvesting season, which lasts for two months, tons of chilis are laid out to dry creating a patchwork effect on open green fields'

This vibrant picture shows a farmer ‘going home on his bicycle after laying out red chillies on plastic sheets’ in Panchagarh, a district in Northern Bangladesh. It was a runner-up in the ‘People Photography – Lifestyle’ category, and was snared by Emran Ali. Sharing the backstory to the picture, the photographer explains that ‘during the harvesting season, which lasts for two months, tons of chilis are laid out to dry creating a patchwork effect on open green fields’

Look above and you'll see a dramatic shot of Lake Baikal in Russian Siberia. This picture was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Landscapes' category and was snared by Taiwanese photographer Hsiaohsin Chen, who took a hovercraft on the frozen lake to explore its 'amazing and unforgettable natural beauty'. He says that he 'worked hard to photograph the beautiful scenery' of the area while enduring the 'severe cold of minus 40 degrees or even minus 50 degrees Celsius.' Chen notes: 'Although it was very hard work, it was extremely satisfying to be able to shoot beautiful images'

Look above and you’ll see a dramatic shot of Lake Baikal in Russian Siberia. This picture was a runner-up in the ‘Nature Photography – Landscapes’ category and was snared by Taiwanese photographer Hsiaohsin Chen, who took a hovercraft on the frozen lake to explore its ‘amazing and unforgettable natural beauty’. He says that he ‘worked hard to photograph the beautiful scenery’ of the area while enduring the ‘severe cold of minus 40 degrees or even minus 50 degrees Celsius.’ Chen notes: ‘Although it was very hard work, it was extremely satisfying to be able to shoot beautiful images’

Chen is also responsible for this wonderful shot, which was captured in Iceland. It was a runner-up in the 'Fine Art Photography - Night' category. He recalls that when the Northern Lights 'burst', the 'aurora was very active and the light track was flying unpredictably'

Chen is also responsible for this wonderful shot, which was captured in Iceland. It was a runner-up in the ‘Fine Art Photography – Night’ category. He recalls that when the Northern Lights ‘burst’, the ‘aurora was very active and the light track was flying unpredictably’

Behold, a photograph by the New York Photography Awards' Professional Photographer of the Year, Raffaele Canepa. This is one shot from his winning 'Invisible Light of NYC' photography series and shows the Oculus, a shopping mall and a transport hub that serves One World Trade in New York. He set out to capture 'the world's most iconic buildings and landmarks', and adds that the 'absolute lack of human presence' helps to create a 'time-suspended atmosphere' in each shot

Behold, a photograph by the New York Photography Awards’ Professional Photographer of the Year, Raffaele Canepa. This is one shot from his winning ‘Invisible Light of NYC’ photography series and shows the Oculus, a shopping mall and a transport hub that serves One World Trade in New York. He set out to capture ‘the world’s most iconic buildings and landmarks’, and adds that the ‘absolute lack of human presence’ helps to create a ‘time-suspended atmosphere’ in each shot



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