Every year we’re astounded by the standard of photography in the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards. Last year’s selection saw everything from wolf-hunters in Russia to striking tribes in Ethiopia, and this year’s is even more impressive.

From lake fishing in Ghana to misty forests in Finland, here are a few of our favourite pictures from this year’s Travel Photographer of the Year Awards.

The Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

© Joel Santos (winner)

Colourful sulphur springs in the Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

© Joel Santos (winner)

An Ashanti man in Ghana

© Joel Santos (winner)

A pilgrim stands in front of an old palace in Rikaze, Tibet, China

© Fengkui Wang

Modern architecture in Astana, Kazakhstan

© Dominic Byrne

Net-making in Bac Lieu, Vietnam

© Ly Hoang Long

Caravans at sunset during the pilgrimage to El Rocío, Spain

© Timothy Allen

Sunset over icy Lake Baikal, Russia

© Sergey Pesterev

Deadvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

© Ben McRae

Night sky over Lake Baikal, Russia

© Sergey Pesterev

Disko Bay, Greenland

© Stephan Fürnrohr

Oulanka National Park, Finland

© Sandra Bartocha

Dunes of the White Desert, Egypt

© Stephan Fürnrohr

Fishing nets in Xiapu, Fujian, China

© Marsel van Oosten

Saddhus taking a rest stop in Haridwar, northern India

© Sue O’Connell

Kalapalo Indians during Kuarup ritual, Brazil

© Ricardo Stuckert

Woman cutting grass to feed her livestock, Coltesti, Romania

© Jeremy Woodhouse

Mysterious and ancient celebrations in the forests of Falakro Mountain, Greece

© Panos Laskarakis

A woman passes colourful houses in Hamer, Ethiopia

© Ye Hongbing

A woman carries her market haul in Hamer, Ethiopia

© Ye Hongbing

Reindeer racing in Sweden

© Raimondo Norberto Giamberduca

Nuns walking across a mountain in Baiyu County, Sichuan Province, China

© Biran Zhao

A female leopard called Pula in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

© Ryan Green

Polar bear sleeping under the full moon, Svarlbard, Norway

© Anette Mossbacher

Hemis Monastery, Ladakh, India

© Hugo Berman

Lake Natron, Tanzania

© Ankit Kumar

A young girl from between Sichuan and Tibet, China

© Zijie Gong

Between Sichuan and Tibet, China

© Zijie Gong

Island Beach State Park, New Jersey, USA

© Courtney Moore

Fishermen in Shankarpur, India

© Darpan Basak

Chadipur, India

© Darpan Basak

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