• Liz Allcock

    This Bedouin boy leads a precarious life. He guides an ever-dwindling number of visitors around Mar Saba, west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, Palestine. His silent composure speaks volumes in a land beset by conflict.

  • Say Hock Ooi

    This was taken at Mandalay Palace in Myanmar. I like how the green contrasts with the yellow and gold, and also the dark red balances out the picture. It was pure chance that the monk stepped out of the doorway – so I took my shot quickly.

  • Hamish Scott-Brown

    Women in rural Rajasthan, India, gather in the early morning and wait for work in the nearby fields. Work is hard to find in rural Rajasthan, and this kind of sight is common. Yet, I was always met with smiles and, on this occasion, I even shared tea with the women.

  • Paul Steven

    A view from above the magnificent Minack Theatre in Penzance, Cornwall. The theatre is carved into the cliffs and on first thoughts you would think it was created thousands of years ago but it is, in fact, 84 years old – the first performance was on 16 August 1932.

  • Morgan Upchurch

    This is my daughter lost in the moment on Barmouth beach in Wales. The late afternoon autumn sun gives a stunning light as it reflects off the wet sand and my daughter waits for the next wave to arrive around her wellies, see how far in she dares go.

  • Ryan Howell

    This is among one of the most photographed spots in Reykjavik, Iceland: it’s the Sun Voyager sculpture near the Harpa concert hall. Most people don’t see it from the angle I managed to get, though.

  • franks2805

    It feels like golden hour in this photograph taken at a Berlin station. I took it in September, waiting for a train. I was on my way to meet a friend who had just moved there. The light was really beautiful.

  • Jeremy Flint

    At the limestone karst peaks of Guilin, China, an amazing moment unfolded before me: the sun’s rays broke through the clouds and lit up the valley, and the boat below.

  • David Rosen

    Walking by a lake in a South African wildlife park, I spotted a baby elephant walking with its parent. I was struck by the size of the parent’s legs compared with the tiny baby. We normally think of elephants only as large. This seemed an unusual viewpoint.

  • hmrr22, runner-up

    This photo was taken when I was on holiday in Australia this summer. Henley Beach is near Adelaide. The light and colours were amazing and the pelicans seem to be iconic, as they appear on postcards. MICK RYAN, JUDGE: In photography you make your own luck by being with your camera frequently. But combine luck with planning and you increase your chances of a special image. This is relevant with wildlife. Here two pelicans reflect the two humans at the end of the pier while pigeons hang about gossiping. A very satisfying photograph to look at.

  • Scott Pocock, runner-up

    I took this image in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo in one of the city’s yokocho alleys. These shop- and bar-lined streets go by several names, including omo, Memory Lane and … Piss Alley. MICK RYAN, JUDGE: Going for a wander without a plan can often yield unexpected surprises, and when travelling as you turn a corner – if your reactions are sharp and you are ready – your meanderings can offer a window to another world.

  • Kevin Pogorzelski, winner

    On safari in Kenya, we were forced to stop our jeep for this family of ostriches to cross the dirt track. What made it so engaging was the mother attentively waiting for the chicks to cross while, out of shot, dad led the way. MICK RYAN, JUDGE: Funny-looking flightless birds and their offspring give us comedy and cuteness – and an immediate emotional response. A clear winner by anyone’s standards – and what lovely colour.