Best of The Guardian’s Travel Photography Contest in 2018


Best of The Guardian’s Travel Photography Contest in 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

Nađa Božović

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Inspired by original narratives and amazed by effective visuals. Enjoys diving deep into the story research. A lifelong learner and an eternal optimist.
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