Guardian readers' travel photography competition: May—in pictures

Poignant portraits and wanderlusty landscapes are again to the fore in this month’s excellent selection. Scroll to see the winner, who receives a £200 holiday voucher from Exodus Travels. The overall 2017 winner will go on a 16-night wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with Exodus.

Photo by Michelle Kathleen Dawn Blaken

While travelling through Namibia I visited a Himba tribe camp. I was privileged enough to be invited to witness this woman cleansing herself with camphor smoke. The women maintain their cleanliness by covering their body with clay and wafting themselves with camphor and other herbal smoke.

Photo by Sidra Nawaz

A late-summer afternoon overlooking Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. I love the warm light of the sun illuminating the limestone arch and casting long shadows before the visitors as they leave the beach.

Photo by Jason Pemberton

Women, beautifully dressed to attend a wedding, gather outside a house in Bundi, Rajasthan, India.

Photo by Emily Garthwaite

A coffee worker in south-west Ethiopia’s Yayu Wildforest. As one of the last remaining mountain forest fragments of Arabica coffee (the origin for the world’s most popular coffee), the Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere in Ethiopia is vital for its preservation and conservation. To prevent further damage to the forest or loss of coffee species, the local communities need to have other sustainable livelihood options.

Photo by Thomas Sweetman

Monks at Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand. It was a quiet day and at first I saw no one at the top, but I walked round the back of the pagoda to find this group of young monks enjoying the view and capturing it with an iPhone and iPad.

Photo by Beverley Jenkins

An elderly man sorts through his harvest in a Myanmar minority tribe village. I love the colour and texture of the wall, contrasted with the chillies.

Photo by Rikesh Shah

We hopped off the bus and stayed the night at a monastery at the bottom of a hill in Bhuj, Gujarat, India. In the morning we trekked to the temple at the top of the hill, to be greeted by this baba from the Khanpata, or ‘split ear’ sect, who greeted us with a steaming cup of chai.

Photo by Heike Seidler

Climbing the Vernon Falls trail in Yosemite national park, California, I was less fit than my sister-in-law and niece. As I was resting on the way to the top of the waterfall I took this photo of them (using a ‘miniature’ presetting).

Photo by James Bennett, runner-up

New Zealand is renowned for its beautiful landscapes and for me this sums it up. The lakes and mountains had me feeling on top of the world.

Photo by Zac Patsalides, runner-up

Sulphur gas spews out of Mount Bromo (left) in East Java, Indonesia, at sunrise while low-lying clouds move around Mount Semeru (in the background) and Mount Batok (foreground) in the morning light.

Photo by Sam Germaine-Scrivens, winner

On Koh Muk, southern Thailand, I saw the boats swaying in the breeze and thought it would look great from a different perspective so I sent my drone to hover above the water. It was late afternoon so the lighting on the cove and town was just right.

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