The Guardian Monthly Travel Photo Competition – January 2018 Winners

The Guardian’s monthly readers’ travel photography competition attracts thousands of entries every year, showcasing some of the best images from around the world. Here are the top 10 amazing images of nature and people for the first monthly competition of the year. Ian Webb, January’s winner, receives a £200 voucher for an i-escape holiday property. The overall 2018 prize is a nine-night West Greenland trip with Wild Photography Holidays. You can still enter the February competition (see link below).

The Guardian monthly travel photo competition   January 2018 winners
Rachel Jones – This shot of a house in the snow was taken on an August stroll with my Danish uncle around a village in East Greenland.
The Guardian monthly travel photo competition   January 2018 winners
Ian Webb, winner – Pekutatan beach, Bali. About an hour before sunset kids would gather to play football – and stay until dark. I photographed them over several days, hoping to get a nice sunset silhouette. That never came but there were glimpses of it and lots of storm clouds. MICK RYAN, JUDGE: If a photo is sometimes meant to tell a story, this has several chapters. A well-spotted scene by a photographer who was some distance away and taken with a telephoto lens that has compressed the action. I like the conversion to monotone, which with silhouettes can add more impact by its simplification.
The Guardian monthly travel photo competition   January 2018 winners
Mathew Browne – The Batu caves are on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The main temple of Murugan is a Hindu shrine that sits in the centre of the caves, 100m and a steep 272-step journey above ground. In the caves, monkeys and backpackers jostle for position and birds fly overhead.
The Guardian monthly travel photo competition   January 2018 winners
Geraint Michael – I was lucky to spot this day gecko pausing on a leaf while I was in Mahé in the Seychelles. The sunlight clearly defines the iconic shape of the feet through the surface.
The Guardian monthly travel photo competition   January 2018 winners
Richard Burdon – On our second night in the Inuit village of Oqaatsut (formerly Rodebay), West Greenland, we were treated to a display of the dancing green lights of an aurora illuminating this pretty blue house. An unforgettable experience.

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