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

Men at mosque © Sirsendu Gayen – Rough Guides travel photography competition 2016

Priyanka Shah

Ethiopian boys © Priyanka Shah – Rough Guides travel photography competition 2016

Krishnasis Ghosh

Girls © Krishnasis Ghosh

Daisy Roberts

Rough Guides travel photography competition 2016 © Daisy Roberts

Debdatta Chakraborty

Rough Guides travel photography competition 2016 © Debdatta Chakraborty

Puru Sharma

Rough Guides travel photography competition 2016 © Puru Sharma

Santanu Kumar Das

Rough Guides travel photography competition 2016 © Santanu Kumar Das

Gary Milne

© Gary Milne Rough Guides travel photography competition

Chandan Hazra

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Chandan Hazra

Susan Castellion

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Susan Castellion

Himanshu Kumar

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Himanshu Kumar

Somenath Mukhopadhyay

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Somenath Mukhopadhyay

Matt Jacobs

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Matt Jacobs

Dipankar Halder

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Dipankar Halder

Kirsten Quist

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Kirsten Quist

Charlie Gross

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Charlie Gross

Nathan Dodsworth

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Nathan Dodsworth

Debkumar Dutta

Rough Guides travel photography competition © Debkumar Dutta

Ruth Louise Poole

Ruth Louise Poole

Swarna Susan Anil

Swarna Susan Anil

All images belong to the entrants. 

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