Photography Competition 2020: the shortlist is revealed

We present the finalists from the prestigious National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition, selected from more than 4,500 entries across four categories.

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 18 Aug 2020, 00:18 BST
Finalist: Francesca Page. A spotted eagle ray, shot off Cocos Island, Costa Rica, during a dive.

Finalist: Francesca Page. A spotted eagle ray, shot off Cocos Island, Costa Rica, during a dive.

Photograph by Francesca Page

In a bid to discover the best British and Irish travel photographers of 2020, we invited both amateurs and professionals to submit images taken over the past year in one of four categories: Cities; Landscapes; Nature; and People. Thousands of entries have been whittled down to a shortlist of just 12, with the category winners — and the overall grand prize winner — set to be announced on Tuesday 25 August.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller, says: “While the coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected our ability to travel, our desire to see the world is nevertheless undiminished. This year’s competition is a window on the world we hope to explore again as soon as it’s safe to do so, and is a reminder of the power and emotion that travel photography can capture. From spectacular wildlife to moving landscapes, the shortlist again demonstrates some of the UK’s best talent behind the lens.”

The judging panel consisted of Celia Topping, freelance photographer and picture editor; Greg Funnell, freelance photographer; Paul Wilson, editor, Nikon Pro magazine; Simon Bajada, food and travel photographer; Yulia Denisyuk, travel photographer and writer; Olly Puglisi, picture editor, National Geographic Traveller; and Becky Redman, art director, National Geographic Traveller.

CITIES: The shortlist

Jordan Banks: Soho building on Odaiba artificial island, Tokyo, Japan
Holly Barber: The Church of Our Lady Before Týn, Prague, Czech Republic
Mick Ryan: Local women walking, Bari Vecchia, Italy

LANDSCAPES: The shortlist

Eric Ho: Yuanyang rice terraces, southern Ailao Mountains, China
Annapurna Mellor: Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India
George Turnbull: Dead wood, Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

PEOPLE: The shortlist

Lynn Fraser: Danchu, a Roma coppersmith, Transylvania, Romania
Kay Lockett: Dugerjav, a recipient of the Order of Glorious Motherhood medal, Mongolia
Hadriel Torres: Performing the haka, Ua Pou island, French Polynesia

NATURE: The shortlist

Diana Knight: Lioness in a sandstorm, on the banks of the Mara River, Kenya
Francesca Page: Spotted eagle ray, near Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Tony Zhang: Flamingos, Lake Natron, Tanzania

Winners to be announced on 27 August 2020

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