Travel Photographer of the Year 2017: I am in the Winners' Gallery!

I can safely say 2017 was the Year of the Portuguese Man o' War for me and I am so honoured to end it as HIGHLY COMMENDED in the TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2017 competition (Primary Colours category).My picture was also shortlisted in the Wildlife, Sealife category.

Here is Travel Photographer of the Year's post about me on Instagram: and below is my image. 


Furthermore, 4 of my Mount Pico images were shortlisted in the Earth & Climate Portfolio category.
I created a gallery of all these shots on my website:

All images were taken in the Azores and, specifically, in Pico, where I have now lived for over 10 years.

For those who suspect there must be a fair bit of post-processing behind my Portuguese Man o' War shot, you are most welcome to read my behind the scenes article.

This is for you, my beloved Azores.


P.S: Don't forget to visit the 2017 Winners' Gallery on the Travel Photographer of the Year's website!

I am a Finalist in the Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 competition

Great news, ragazzi!

I am shortlisted in 3 (three, I could not believe it!) different categories of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 competition and I feel so happy and honoured about it.

Since all judging has to take place anonymously, including the forthcoming final phase, I cannot reveal what images of mine are shortlisted. For now, all I can tell you is what categories I am in for the final round of judging: 

  • Earth & Climate Portfolio
    (4 images)

  • Primary Colours - Red, Green, Blue
    (One Shot - single image category) 

  • Wildlife, Sealife
    (One Shot - single image category)

Click here to see all the 2017 Finalists

Results announcement is currently scheduled for 16th December 2017 and I will keep you posted.

Just a final thought. Of course I would love to win but, believe me, having my images picked among thousands of other pictures already made my day, month and year, photographically speaking.

If this competition was tennis - and I am a pretty good player, by the way - I would 100% focus on the next game and give it all in the finals. Furthermore, if it was tennis, a loss in the final would certainly be disappointing. 
However, this is photography. I already gave all I could at the time I took the now shortlisted pictures and edited them. There is nothing more I can do now and, for this reason, I will still be very pleased of my current achievement even if none of my photographs turns out to be a winner.