featured image guardian travel photo contest 2018

This little planet of ours is a spectacular place, isn’t it? So many breathtaking landscapes out there, so many beautiful people and treasurable moments. From the woman reindeer herder in Mongolia to underwater rivers on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico – astonishing sceneries have been captured by travel photographers from all over the world.

Since The Guardian opened the monthly Readers’ Travel Photo Competition in January, thousands of outstanding pieces of art have been submitted.

In December, this year’s competition judge Mick Ryan had chosen the overall winner for 2018. It is the photograph taken by Bill Boswell, picturing hikers at sunrise in the Great Sand Dunes national park in Colorado, taken with a 500 mm lens.

The judge explained his decision on The Guardian’s website.

„It is the simplicity and scale of this composition that elevated it above this year’s other monthly winners. A beautiful landscape isolated by the use of a telephoto lens, not common in the arsenal of most landscape or travel photographers.“

– Mick Ryan

And now, let us dive into the world of impressive images captured in 2018.

We present you some of the best pictures presented throughout the Guardian Readers’ Travel Photo Competition.

Enjoy the view!

 

sunrise at great sand dunes park colorado hikers
Overall 2018 winner / Hikers at sunrise in the Great Sand Dunes, Colorado / Photograh: Bill Boswell
caribbean flamingo Martin Mere centre Lancashire
A Caribbean flamingo at the Martin Mere wetland centre in Lancashire / Photograph: Lee Prater
woman reindeer herder Mongolia
Dukha, the reindeer herders of Mongolia / Photograph: Eloise Campbell
young monk at bagan myanmar indoor sunrays
A monk at Bagan, Myanmar / Photograph: Krzysztof Madej
a gecko pausing on a leaf in mahé on seychelles
A gecko pausing on a leaf in Mahé, Seychelles / Photograph: Geraint Michael
blackbeard cormorant fishermen guilin china
Blackbeard, one of the last remaining cormorant fishermen of Guilin, China / Photograph: Bessie O’Dell
woman walkinhg down the great wall of china in snow
The Great Wall of China in a snowstorm / Photograph: Charlotte Coppenhall
old building in bucharest reflected in the windows of new tower
An old building in Bucharest, Romania, reflected in the windows of a new tower block / Photograph: Paul Davies
eagle owl behind the tree slovakian forest
An eagle owl in a Slovakian forest / Photograph: Warren Price
man walking through the meadows park in edinburgh
An evening stroll in the Meadows park, Edinburgh / Photograph: Tamás Kátai
people enjoying swimming on island of Caye Caulker Belize
Island of Caye Caulker, Belize / Photograph: Dan Ginn
Two king penguins looking down on the beach south georgia
Two king penguins looking down, wondering what’s lying on the beach in South Georgia / Photograph: Nick Dale
a man looking towards two shadows amritsar punjab
A man looking towards two shadows in Amritsar, Punjab / Photograph: Serge Bouvet
volcanic landscape with aman in the middle at kerlingarfjöll iceland
A volcanic landscape at Kerlingarfjöll, Iceland / Photograph: Oliver Chambers
a woman in a ray of light underwater rivers yucutan peninsula mexico
Otherworldly landscapes and underwater rivers on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico / Photograph: James Muir
A walk through Chatsworth Garden in Derbyshire
A walk through Chatsworth Garden, Derbyshire / Photograph: Goran Erfani
City of Arts & Sciences complex in Valencia in Spain
City of Arts & Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain / Photograph: James Woodend
wrestling veteran Siya hanging upside down at Kushti wrestling school in Varanasi, India
Wrestling veteran Siya Ram (64) at a tradititional Kushti wrestling school in Varanasi, India / Photograph: Matt Parry
turtle in the sea surfacing for air sri lanka
A turtle surfacing for air in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka / Photograph: Lauren Celiberti
The Holborn Bars building in London architecture
The Holborn Bars, London / Photograph: Michael Sutherland
woman cooking in house of palaung tribal village myanmar
Palaung tribal village, Pein Hnae Bin, Myanmar / Photograph: Amy Sinead Moran
children playing on the Pekutatan beach in Bali silhouettes stormy clouds
Children playing on the Pekutatan beach in Bali / Photograph: Ian Webb
people together at the camel fair, Rajasthan
People from all over India gather together at the Pushar mela (camel fair) in Rajasthan / Photograph: Nilesh Rathod
Sunrise over the Val d’Orcia Tuscany
Sunrise over the Val d’Orcia, Tuscany / Photograph: Paul Miller
portrait of Henry Chiyumba in Uganda colorful outfit funky style 91-year old man
Portrait of Henry Chiyumba (91) in Uganda / Photograph: Rod Penn
Quarry Bay district in Hong Kong residential buildings
Residential buildings in Quarry Bay district, Hong Kong / Photograph: Jatinder Heer
pharmacy in gambia building symetry africans
A man opening his pharmacy in Banjul, Gambia / Photograph: Steve Baker
air veiw blue rivers appear vividly against the volcanic plains in Iceland
Looking from the air, a blue river appears vividly against the volcanic plains in Iceland / Photograph: John Heaney
Andean Express travels between Cusco and Puno in Peru
The Andean Express travels between Cusco and Puno, Peru / Photograph: Norman Price
The blue light of a winter’s dawn on Tharzi pond in Myanmar
The blue light of a winter’s dawn on Tharzi pond in Myanmar / Photograph: Hamish Scott-Brown
The half-painted lips indicates that this 17-year-old geisha in training with half-painted lips
The half-painted lips indicates that this 17-year-old geisha is in training / Photograph: Sharon Kynaston
The Our Lady of Peace chapel on the island of São Miguel in Azores
The Our Lady of Peace chapel on the island of São Miguel, Azores / Photograph: Alex Forbes
The puffins on Lunga in Scotland’s Treshnish Isles
The puffins on Lunga in Scotland’s Treshnish Isles / Photograph: Nicol Nicolson
statue of King Haakon VII silhouetted in frnt Vardøhus fortress in Norway
The statue of King Haakon VII of Norway silhouetted in front of the Vardøhus fortress, Norway / Photograph: David Young

 


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Nađa Božović

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