Bangladeshi photographer scoops top prize

The winners of the 2009 international Travel Photographer of the Year photography contest have been announced, and for the first time the overall top prize has been scooped by a Bangladeshi photogapher.

G.M.B. Akash portfolio depicting rail travel in his home country and the ship-breaking industry garnered unanimous praise from the judges. Not only does Akash scoop the title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2009, but Akash also scoops a prize package including an Apple MacBook Pro 13in and a Mountain Paradise trip to Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains.

Entries to the competition were received from nearly 70 different countries, with winners ranging from Australia to the USA.

A full winners list and gallery of winning images can be found at the TPOTY 2009 website.