Highly commended: Mist shrouds the pontoon used for crossing while boatmen ferry passengers to where they can land (Ning Yu Pao)
List 02 February

Photo Gallery: Travel Photo of the Year 2017 winners

From erupting volcanoes and mountains at dawn, to vibrant colours of India's Holi Festival. Feast your eyes on the winning entries in this year's Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition

Active: Runner-up

Runner-up: Paddling along the turquoise Soca River in Slovenia (Rachael Tailford)

Runner-up: Paddling along the turquoise Soca River in Slovenia (Rachael Tailford)

Location: Soca Valley, Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Photographed by: Rachael Tailford
Camera settings: Panasonic DMC-G10, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 14mm, 1/200 sec @ f/5, ISO 100

Judges’ comments: “A lovely angle and clever perspective sums up the difficulty facing the subject, who is literally caught between a rock and a hard place. A great active shot.”

Active: Winner

Winner: Two mountaineers meet the hospitality of a true Scottish winter (Alex Metcalfe)

Winner: Two mountaineers meet the hospitality of a true Scottish winter (Alex Metcalfe)

Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
Photographed by: Alexander Metcalfe
Camera settings: Olympus OM-D EM-5, Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 @ 30mm, 1/500 sec @ f/6.7

Judges’ comments: “Captures the full-on hardship of a white out – all bravery and zeal. And that’s just the photographer.”

Landscape: Commended

Commended: The hot springs area at Myvatn in Iceland (Howard Angus)

Commended: The hot springs area at Myvatn in Iceland (Howard Angus)

Location: Namaskard, near Lake Myvatn, Iceland
Photographed by: Howard Angus
Camera settings: Canon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm, 1/8000 sec @ f/4.0, ISO 200

Judges’ comments: “Smoking stacks, boiling mud and frozen air are captured majestically, their raw grandeur emphasised in the lone silhouette dwarfed by the scene. A clever composition.”

Landscape: Highly commended

Highly commended: Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru volcanoes spew ashes on the island of Java (Callie Chee)

Highly commended: Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru volcanoes spew ashes on the island of Java (Callie Chee)

Location: Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia
Photographed by: Callie Chee
Camera settings: Canon EOS 70D, 35mm, 1/15 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 100

Judges’ comments: “The highly active Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru have been shot many times, but this is just superb.”

Landscape: Runner-up

Runner-up: Aerial view over the Ping River in Chiang Mai (Thomas Sweetman)

Runner-up: Aerial view over the Ping River in Chiang Mai (Thomas Sweetman)

Location: Ping River, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Photographed by: Thomas Sweetman
Camera settings: DJI FC220, 26.3mm f/2.2 @ 4.73 mm, 1/320 sec @ f/2.2, ISO 100

Judges’ comments: “Pattern, composition and imagination. A clever idea that has been wonderously realised.”

Landscape: Winner

Winner: The sunrise hours highlight the many peaks of Yellow Mountain in China (Callie Chee)

Winner: The sunrise hours highlight the many peaks of Yellow Mountain in China (Callie Chee)

Location: Yellow Mountain, Anhui, China
Photographed by: Callie Chee
Camera settings: Canon EOS 70D, 11-16mm @ 12mm, 1/60 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 200

Judges’ comments: “The park where this shot is taken can be notoriously busy, so it’s all the more remarkable that this image appears as if the taker is the only person in the world. A worthy and magnificent winner.”

People: Joint highly commended

Joint highly commended: Rice workers in West Bengal, India (Sandipani Chattopadhyay)

Joint highly commended: Rice workers in West Bengal, India (Sandipani Chattopadhyay)

Location: Habra, West Bengal, India
Photographed by: Sandipani Chattopadhyay
Camera settings: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4 @ 24mm, 1/4000 sec @ f/4, ISO 320

Judges’ comments: “As a composition, it is beyond compare. Utterly brilliant and marvellously conceived.”

People: Joint highly commended

Joint highly commended: Siesta in the shade, Cuba (Linda Wride)

Joint highly commended: Siesta in the shade, Cuba (Linda Wride)

Location: Australia, Matanzas Province, Cuba
Photographed by: Linda Wride
Camera settings: Nikon D750, 24-120mm f/4 @ 120mm, 1/800 sec @ f/4, ISO 500

Judges’ comments: “Gorgeous storytelling and a beautiful picture. I can practically hear his drums – and his snoring.”

People: Runner-up

Runner-up: Lost in travel in West Bengal, India (Indranil Sengupta)

Runner-up: Lost in travel in West Bengal, India (Indranil Sengupta)

Location: Sagar Island, West Bengal, India
Photographed by: Indranil Sengupta
Camera settings: Nikon D300, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 @ 14mm, 1/500 sec @ f/11, ISO 400

Judges’ comments: “What looks like a piece of flotsam – a lost sandal left behind during the sacred bath at Gangasagar Fair in West Bengal – is actually a really clever image, shot from a great low angle.”

People: Winner

Winner: Coloured powders of Holi Festival in Vrindavan, India (Sanghamitra Sarka)

Winner: Coloured powders of Holi Festival in Vrindavan, India (Sanghamitra Sarka)

Location: Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Photographed by: Sanghamitra Sarkar
Camera settings: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 24-105 f/4 @ 40mm, 1/2500 sec @ f/4, ISO 320

Judges’ comments: “Holi Festival is a popular subject for travel photographers, but therein lies the challenge – to stand out. This is just magnificent, and one of the best images of people this competition has ever seen.”

Wildlife: Commended

Commended: A kingfisher emerges from the river with a catch (Patrick O'Brien)

Commended: A kingfisher emerges from the river with a catch (Patrick O'Brien)

Location: Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Photographed by: Patrick O’Brien
Camera settings: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 153mm, 1/8000 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 10000

Judges’ comments: “Utterly brilliant – a flashing moment captured forever. A nano-second before or after and it is nothing."

Wildlife: Highly commended

Highly commended: Alpine frogs laying their eggs in springtime (Stefania Urbini)

Highly commended: Alpine frogs laying their eggs in springtime (Stefania Urbini)

Location: Aveto Regional Natural Park, Borzonasca, Liguria, Italy
Photographed by: Stefania Urbini
Camera settings: Nikon D300, 70-300mm, f/4.0-5.6 @ 260mm, 1/800 sec @ f/11, ISO 640

Judges’ comments: “This image of Alpine frogs laying their eggs in springtime is a beautiful use of a macro lens. The depth of field is spot on and the bokeh effect behind it is simply majestic.”

Wildlife: Runner-up

Runner-up: Two chinstrap penguins (Gunther Riehle)

Runner-up: Two chinstrap penguins (Gunther Riehle)

Location: Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Photographed by: Gunther Riehle
Camera settings: Nikon D300, 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 400mm, 1/800 sec @ f/11, ISO 200

Judges’ comments: “Patience is not a virtue but it is a must with an image like this. A simple, engaging and effective shot."

Wildlife: Winner

Winner: A pod of pilot whales (Viv Leese)

Winner: A pod of pilot whales (Viv Leese)

Location: Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka
Photographed by: Viv Leese
Camera settings: GoPro HERO5, 1/180 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 100

Judges’ comments: “You need to be fit and tough to get this magnificent shot of a pod of pilot whales – and you also need some luck. The degree of difficulty is high, as is the depth. Just superb all round.”

Portfolio: Highly commended

Portfolio: Runner-up

Portfolio: Winner