Gallery: Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year – People

From India to Peru, these are the incredible photos that made the shortlist of our People category and the fascinating stories behind them

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Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year

Lost in Pushkar

Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

Pushkar Camel herder (Khairel Anuar Che Ani)

Khairel Anuar Che Ani, Quantity surveyor

“This was taken at Pushkar Fair. During the fair, camels from all over Rajasthan are gathered here, ready to be sold.”

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 400mm f/5.6L USM @ 400mm, 1/800 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 800


Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

Blue man in But he Butha (Bart Brouwer)

Bart Brouwer, International development professional

“A Mosotho man stands in front of his house in a small village in Butha-Buthe, a rural area in north-eastern Lesotho.”

Fujifilm X100S, 23mm @ 23mm, 1/680 sec @ f/2, ISO 400

Kayaw Kitchen

Loikaw, Kayah State, Burma (Myanmar)

Burmese kitchen (Ko Ko Zaw)

Ko Ko Zaw, Telecom engineer

“This is the traditional Kayaw ethnic kitchen style in Myanmar, where a Kayaw lady is preparing some raw chillies to dry and fry. The Kayaw live among the Karen people, near Loikaw in Kayah State, and they only reside in Myanmar. Their primary language is Kayaw and their main religion is Protestant Christianity.”

Nikon D750, Nikon Prime D 24mm f/2.8 @ 24mm, 1/30 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 1250, Kenko UV filter


Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Faith in Kolkata (Shibasish Saha)

Shibasish Saha, IT employee


Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 12mm, 1/50 sec @ f/8, ISO 640

Amsterdam bruin café

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Bruin Cafe (Victoria Maguire-Rajpaul)

Victoria Maguire-Rajpaul, PHD student

“Franchises and international brands dilute the distinguishing quirks of cities. So, I felt privileged to witness this authentic Dutch scene in a ‘bruin café’ (brown café). They’re so-named for their cosy and dark wooden interiors, as well as their nicotine-stained walls. Many Amsterdamers treat these neighbourhood pubs as an extension of the home – somewhere to read a newspaper or meet friends.”

Nikon D5200, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 42mm, 1/40 sec @ f/5.3, ISO 3200


Howrah, West Bengal, India

Faith in West Bengal (Abhijit Chatterjee)

Abhijit Chatterjee, Company director

“I wanted to capture the spirit of brotherhood and devotion.”

Nikon D750, 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm, 1/320 sec @ f/11, ISO 200, UV filter

Descent of the Ukukus

Qullqipunku Glacier, Peru

Qullqipunku Glacier, Peru (Christopher Roche)

Christopher Roche, Video director

“Qoyllur Rit’i is a festival that takes place in the Peruvian Andes. A mix of old Incan traditions and Catholic influences, it attracts 80,000 pilgrims. During the night, bands of Ukukus (pilgrims dressed as mythological tricksters) head up to the holy glaciers and perform initiation ceremonies at an altitude of around 5,600m, before descending back down at dawn, which is when this image was taken.”

Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 28mm, 1/125 sec @ f/9, ISO 5000

Rest and the race of life

New Delhi, India

Asleep in Dehli (Shaikh Jan Mohammad)

Shaikh Jan Mohammad, Art director

“A musafir (traveller) is sleeping when the city is busy with their daily routine work.”

Canon EOS 80D, 18-270mm @ 46mm, 1/8 sec @ f/4, ISO 100

The Enchanted

Jodhpur, India

Woman in Jodhpur (Matthieu Rivart)

Matthieu Rivart, Finance controller

“Jodhpur, summer 2013. A monsoon suddenly struck and the city was flooded within a few minutes. I finally managed to find shelter under a porch. An Indian lady was already waiting there, protecting her face from the wind and rain with her traditional sari. I was so drawn by her eyes that it took me a few minutes before being able to take this photo.”

Nikon D800, 50mm f/1.8G @ 50mm, 1/160 sec @ f/3.5, ISO 640

Jewish people on the beach

Cliftonville, UK

Jewish people on Cliftonville Beach (Ruta Mackelaite)

Ruta Mackelaite, Interior designer

“While hiking from Margate to Broadstairs, I had my camera with me and was taking photographs along the way of the beautiful scenery from the top of the cliffs. Suddenly, I noticed a group of Orthodox Jews rushing somewhere. I took the photograph immediately – the contrast between their traditional black dress and the bright yellow sand seemed very unusual.”

Panasonic DMC-FZ50, Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 35-420mm f/2.8-3.7 @ 35mm, 1/320 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 100

The winners of the 2017 Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year will be announced at Destinations travel show in London on February 3 at 4pm. The winners will receive a photographic commission to Thailand and all the short-listed photos will be on display at the Wanderlust gallery throughout the show.

The photos will also be on display at the Destinations travel show in Manchester between January 19-22.

Entry in to the 2018 Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year will be opening soon.

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Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year – Wildlife

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