This summer we launched our first ever photography competition to seek out the best amateur travel photographers. After six weeks, we had more than 2000 entries on the themes “like a local”, “close to home”, “back to nature” and “the big city”.

From India and Canada to Australia and New Zealand, the photos submitted included stunning landscapes, serendipitous wildlife shots and beautiful portraits. Our team of picture editors and judges has spent the last week whittling them down, and here are our 20 shortlisted favourites.

The winner and runners-up will be announced on Wednesday 21 September.

Sirsendu Gayen

Priyanka Shah

Krishnasis Ghosh

Daisy Roberts

Debdatta Chakraborty

Puru Sharma

Santanu Kumar Das

Gary Milne

Chandan Hazra

Susan Castellion

Himanshu Kumar

Somenath Mukhopadhyay

Matt Jacobs

Dipankar Halder

Kirsten Quist

Charlie Gross

Nathan Dodsworth

Debkumar Dutta

Ruth Louise Poole

Swarna Susan Anil

All images belong to the entrants. 

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