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These prizewinning photos will make you really, really want to travel again

Travel Photographer of the Year’s top shots include an isolated house in Serbia and the glowing sealife of the Maldives

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

If ever a building were to sum up our brave new iso world, it might be the River House near Bajina Bašta in Serbia. This wooden structure is perched on a rock smack bang in the middle of the Drina River. And the only way to get back to the riverbanks? That’ll be the flimsy little kayak you can see tucked in at the side.

This breathtaking photograph of the house by Irene Becker was among the commended entries in the ‘Solitude’ category of the ‘Travel Photographer of the Year 2020’ competition, which recognises brilliant photography new and old from roaming snappers all over the world. It’s an apt category for a year in which we’ve all felt a little stranded.

And yet the majority of the categories remained as normal – a reminder that soon, touch wood, we’ll all be able to roam free across borders and explore the world beyond our homes again. Until then, here are all the winners from this year’s competition.

Yamal Peninsula, Russia by Vladimir Alekseev: overall winner

Vladimir Alekseev

Lahore, Pakistan by Indigo Larmour: young photographer of the year

Indigo Larmour

Kuramathi, Maldives by Marco Steiner: winner, ‘Nature, Sealife, Wildlife’

Marco Steiner

Douma, Syria by Mouneb Taim: winner, ‘People of the World’

Mouneb Taim

Kannur, India by Jordi Cohen: winner, ‘Travel Folio’

Jordi Cohen

Fidenza, Italy by Pier Luigi Dodi: winner, ‘Close to Home’

Pier Luigi Dodi

Bengaluru, Bangladesh by Peter Walmsley: winner, ‘Colours of Life’

Peter Walmsley

Taiwan by David Newton: winner, ‘Islands’

David Newton

Botolan, Philippines by Mark Anthony Agtay: winner, ‘Solitude’

Mark Anthony Agtay

Dhaka, Bangladesh by Azim Khan Ronnie: winner, ‘iPhone/Tablet’

Azim Khan Ronnie

Murtosa, Portugal by Jorge Bacelar: winner, ‘People’s Choice’

Jorge Bacelar

Want more beautiful things to look at? This photographer takes dreamy photos of swimming pools from above.

And these are officially the world’s most stunning Airbnbs right now.

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