Stunning shortlisted images in Nat Geo Traveller photo contest

‘A window on the world we hope to explore again’: National Geographic Traveller reveals the breathtaking shortlisted images in its 2020 photography competition

  • Launched in 2011, the prestigious annual competition seeks the UK’s best new travel photography talent 
  • This year judges have whittled more than 4,500 entries for the contest to a 12-strong shortlist of finalists 
  • There are four categories: Cities, Landscape, Nature and People. The winners will be announced on August 25

These photographs show just how stirring the best travel photography can be.

They have all been shortlisted in National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s prestigious Photography Competition 2020.

Launched in 2011, the annual contest seeks to find the UK’s best new travel photography talent across four categories: cities, landscape, nature and people. This year judges sifted through more than 4,500 entries and whittled them down to a 12-strong shortlist – presented here. 

Among those making the cut is a stunning dusk shot of Prague, a dramatic image of a lion hunting in a sandstorm in Kenya and a mesmerising photo of Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. 

The category winners and the overall grand prize winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 25.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: ‘While the coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected our ability to travel, our desire to see the world is nevertheless undiminished. This year’s competition is a window on the world we hope to explore again as soon as it’s safe to do so, and is a reminder of the power and emotion that travel photography can capture. From spectacular wildlife to moving landscapes, the shortlist again demonstrates some of the UK’s best talent behind the lens.’ Scroll down to see the top picks from this year’s contest…

This stunning picture, taken at dusk, shows a rooftop view of The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn in Prague. It was snapped by Holly Barber and is shortlisted in the cities category 

Photographer Mick Ryan captured this charming scene of two ladies carrying groceries in the southern Italian city of Bari. The image is a finalist in the cities category 

This colourful image, by Jordan Banks, is a finalist in the cities category. It shows the striking doors of the Soho building – a private block of flats in Odaiba, an artificial island in Tokyo Bay 

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has a cover price of £4.95, is available via subscription and on newsstands, and is published 10 times a year. Visit nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel for more information.

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