21 Gorgeous Sunrise and Sunset Photos

Chase the light around the world and see photos of cities and landscapes covered in golden hour hues.

Published 3 Jun 2018, 10:16 BST
Captions were written and submitted by the photographers.

Light changes a place—from a golden sunrise blanketing the towering spires of Myanmar to a warm pink sunset following hikers to a mountain summit in Norway—our travel memories are wrapped in the light and emotions we experience. Photographers are often a dedicated group, patiently chasing golden hour light—that time of day at sunrise or sunset, when warm light blankets the world and warm, glowing images are created. We've combed through thousands of entries to the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest and collected some of the best golden hour images. Explore the glittering gallery and see which scene lights your imagination and travel plans.

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