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!
Overall 2018 winner / Hikers at sunrise in the Great Sand Dunes, Colorado / Photograh: Bill Boswell
A Caribbean flamingo at the Martin Mere wetland centre in Lancashire / Photograph: Lee Prater
Dukha, the reindeer herders of Mongolia / Photograph: Eloise Campbell
A monk at Bagan, Myanmar / Photograph: Krzysztof Madej
A gecko pausing on a leaf in Mahé, Seychelles / Photograph: Geraint Michael
Blackbeard, one of the last remaining cormorant fishermen of Guilin, China / Photograph: Bessie O’Dell
The Great Wall of China in a snowstorm / Photograph: Charlotte Coppenhall
An old building in Bucharest, Romania, reflected in the windows of a new tower block / Photograph: Paul Davies
An eagle owl in a Slovakian forest / Photograph: Warren Price
An evening stroll in the Meadows park, Edinburgh / Photograph: Tamás Kátai
Island of Caye Caulker, Belize / Photograph: Dan Ginn
Two king penguins looking down, wondering what’s lying on the beach in South Georgia / Photograph: Nick Dale
A man looking towards two shadows in Amritsar, Punjab / Photograph: Serge Bouvet
A volcanic landscape at Kerlingarfjöll, Iceland / Photograph: Oliver Chambers
Otherworldly landscapes and underwater rivers on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico / Photograph: James Muir
A walk through Chatsworth Garden, Derbyshire / Photograph: Goran Erfani
City of Arts & Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain / Photograph: James Woodend
Wrestling veteran Siya Ram (64) at a tradititional Kushti wrestling school in Varanasi, India / Photograph: Matt Parry
A turtle surfacing for air in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka / Photograph: Lauren Celiberti
The Holborn Bars, London / Photograph: Michael Sutherland
Palaung tribal village, Pein Hnae Bin, Myanmar / Photograph: Amy Sinead Moran
Children playing on the Pekutatan beach in Bali / Photograph: Ian Webb
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 / Photograph: Paul Miller
Portrait of Henry Chiyumba (91) in Uganda / Photograph: Rod Penn
Residential buildings in Quarry Bay district, Hong Kong / Photograph: Jatinder Heer
A man opening his pharmacy in Banjul, Gambia / Photograph: Steve Baker
Looking from the air, a blue river appears vividly against the volcanic plains in Iceland / Photograph: John Heaney
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 / Photograph: Hamish Scott-Brown
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, Azores / Photograph: Alex Forbes
The puffins on Lunga in Scotland’s Treshnish Isles / Photograph: Nicol Nicolson
The statue of King Haakon VII of Norway silhouetted in front of the Vardøhus fortress, Norway / Photograph: David Young
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