Readers' travel photography competition: 2016 – the winners

In 2016, Guardian readers entered thousands of fantastic images to our monthly travel photo competition. Here are each month’s best shots. Scroll to see the overall winner and runners-up, judged by Mick Ryan of Fotovue. Monthly winners are on display until 10 January at the Guardian’s London office.

Jim Metcalf, January winner

The summit of the Weismiess, a mountain above Saas Fee, on the border of Switzerland and Italy.


Jason Pemberton, February winner

A sculptor in one of Kolkata’s many idol-making workshops inspects his work while adding the finishing touches.


Keith Urry, March winner

As we were leaving the Manang valley, Nepal, early in the morning I looked back to see this gorgeous light over the valley and got this shot before the scene changed.


Tim Daw, May winner

The snowpack in Oregon may be good this year, but it will take several years to emerge from drought in the western US. Here a tractor is harrowing rather than ploughing, to prevent the soil surface from drying out too much.


Jill Sett, July winner

Piazza Garibaldi, Cefalu, Sicily. My favourite bar with Marcella the waitress staring off into space.


Ben Goodwin, August winner

Rio de Janeiro as seen from Corcovado, with the shadow of Christ the Redeemer projected onto the clouds and framed by a rainbow.


Damian Black, October winner

A burst of the aurora borealis over Kirkjufell, taken in September 2016. This shot has been a holy grail for me and was finally captured after many trips.

Kevin Pogorzelski, November 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, the father was leading the way.

Ben Moore, December winner

The gorgeous little children of the Hamar tribe in southern Ethiopia were only too happy to make this circle of feet for me. They laughed their heads off the whole time.


Simon Cove, April winner and 2016 runner-up

Bus stop, rush hour, Bangkok. The waiting people enhance the composition and show something of city life.


Simon Dunn, runner-up, September winner

South Ari Atolls, Maldives. The photo shows my partner and dive buddy, Emma, surfacing after the last dive of the day to 1.5 metre swells and dark monsoon clouds.


Alastair Swan, overall winner, June winner

Balloon flight over Old Bagan, Myanmar. Bagan has temples and pagodas as far as the eye can see. Experiencing this sight at dawn from a hot-air balloon will remain engraved in my memory for ever.





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