The beautiful shortlisted images in a landscape photography contest

Epic volcanoes, breathtaking beaches and otherworldly canyons: The beautiful shortlisted images in a worldwide landscape photography contest

  • More than 14,000 images were submitted to the ‘#Landscape2020’ photography contest, run by Agora 
  • They were then whittled down to a shortlist of just 50 snaps before an overall winner was picked
  • Here we present our favourites from the overall shortlist of 50 – with the winner at the very bottom 

Hungry for fine photography? Then feast your eyes on these images.

They are MailOnline Travel’s pick of the 50 stunning snaps shortlisted in a contest called #Landscape2020, run by photo app Agora.

Agora asked photographers around the globe to send in their very best shots of breathtaking scenery. In total, 14,739 photos were submitted, with the competition judges whittling them down to 50 finalists. Agora users were then asked to vote for their favourite and overall winner.

The jaw-dropping entries include an incredible shot of an extinct volcano in Vietnam, a breathtaking beach scene captured in Australia and an image of the mesmerising rocky landscape in the U.S state of Utah. 

Octavi Royo, Agora’s CEO & co-founder, said: ‘Nature surrounds us and protects us. The #Landscape2020 photos will pass through your eyes to impact directly into your heart.’

Scroll down to see the amazing shots – you’ll find the winning image at the bottom…

Hòa Carol from Vietnam snapped this incredible shot of the Chu Dang Ya volcano in his home country. He said: ‘This extinct volcano is one of the most beautiful destinations in central Vietnam’

This stunning image of a lone futuristic skyscraper in the city of Saint Petersburg was taken by Russian photographer Sergei Poletaev. He said: ‘There are no other high-rising buildings in the area, just the water and one or two-storey suburban houses. This is why this tower looks more like a sculpture or an artwork rather than an office skyscraper’ 

Ilaria Ronchi, who is Italian but lives in the Netherlands, took this breathtaking image in the Namib Desert. She said: ‘This photo is really precious to me. I just remember how overwhelming it was to be surrounded by perfect natural sand creations’ 

Filippo Bellisola, from Italy, captured this stunning shot of Iceland’s Haifoss waterfall. He explained: ‘It was my very first day in Iceland. At this moment I realised how incredible our earth is and how many other beautiful places I was about to see during the trip’ 

Belgian photographer Johan Vandenhecke travelled to Australia’s Whitsunday Islands to capture this shot. He said: ‘This place is so pure! It’s only accessible by boat, so we slept on a boat in a neighbouring bay in order to get here in the morning’ 

On the left is an incredible scene snapped in the Italian Dolomites by French photographer Ghislain Fave. He said: ‘I was amazed by the location of that little church, just in front of the peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo.’ On the right is another shot of the Italian Dolomites, this time taken by Dutch photographer Michelle Wandering. She said: ‘Visiting the Dolomites last year was such a crazy experience. I loved every single view and moment of it, even though it was freezing and I’m not a fan of cold weather!’

Photographer Subhash Panikar, who lives in Waterloo, Canada, captured this shot in Thailand. He called the image ‘Ship in a Storm’ 

On the left is a drone shot by British photographer Matthew Perks of Padstow in Cornwall. He said: ‘It is hard to believe places like this exist in the UK. I had to sit and wait for almost three hours for the tide to go out, which was no way a negative thing! But I think the pay-off was certainly worth it.’ On the right is a scene snapped in Iceland by Joel Friend from the UK. He took the image on the last stop of a road trip around the country. He said: ‘This place felt like another planet!’

Dutch photographer Tom de Waart came across this mesmerising landscape in the US state of Utah. He said: ‘This is probably one of the most underrated viewpoints in the state. We hiked here early morning to find ourselves looking over this incredible canyon’ 

Indonesian photographer Wahyu Teguh Setiawan snapped this beautiful image of Mount Bromo, a 7,847ft (2,329-metre) active volcano in East Java, Indonesia

On the left is an image by Lee Mumford, from Hong Kong, which shows the stunning Shiprock rock formation in New Mexico. Right is a serene scene captured by Indonesian photographer Reski Sandi in Sulawesi, Indonesia. He calls the image ‘Mosque by 99 Domes’

German photographer Jorg Petermann is behind this dramatic image showing lightning ripping through the night sky over Bayern in Germany. He said: ‘It was my first time photographing a thunderstorm, but definitely not the last time!’ 

This jaw-dropping image of Mont Saint-Michel in France was snapped by French photographer Pascal Biomez. He said: ‘When I took this picture, I was surrounded by sheep. I wanted to take a different picture to show the Mont’s silhouette in a unique way’ 

Dutch photographer Nick de Jonge captured this misty image in Alkmaar in the Netherlands. He said: ‘Some tulips, fog and a windmill. I don’t think it can be anymore Dutch than this’ 

On the left is an image by Italian photographer Ester Turri shot during a sunrise in the Alpe di Siusi alpine meadow in the Dolomites. She waited for a long time to capture this shot and explained: ‘Our patience was rewarded when the first sun rays appeared behind the peaks, a thick fog rolled in and in just a few minutes this breathtaking scenery appeared in front of our eyes.’ On the right is an image by Czech photographers Maky and Matt that was taken in Indonesia 

Artem Pikalov, from Russia, captured this aerial shot of Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress in Sri Lanka. He said: ‘The landscape was magnificent and I captured it without hesitation’

Photographer Olivier Vandeginste, who lives in Belgium, captured this eye-popping scene in Zeebrugge. He said: ‘I went to the beach to photograph a fireworks festival but a thunderstorm took all of the attention away. On the left side, you can see Zeebrugge Harbour with its many wind turbines and in the background, you can see nature producing electricity’ 

American photographer Chad Torkelsen stumbled upon this magnificent waterfall while hiking in central Oregon and immediately got out his camera. He explained: ‘We missed the turnoff for the trail and walked an extra two miles. After we backtracked and went down the correct trail, we were greeted by this monster waterfall, one of the most spectacular places I’ve seen in Oregon’ 

On the left is an image by British photographer Matt Cannon of a solitary lighthouse in Iceland. He said: ‘This lighthouse stands guard day and night through storms and through beautiful sunsets. I wanted to capture it standing strong and braving all elements.’ On the right is an urban shot of Hong Kong that was snapped by John Huang, who lives in the city. He said: ‘The red boat passing by helps to set the human scale and to reinforce the idea of the urban landscape’

Pamela Plaza, from Mexico, is behind this incredible image of the Tutoko Glacier in New Zealand. She said: ‘The solitary figure amidst the vast and majestic landscape symbolises how insignificant we humans are on this planet, and yet, how much influence we have over its survival’ 

This stunning sunset image of the Kirkjufell mountain in Iceland was snapped by Italian photographer Samuele Miccoli. He said: ‘We were looking for the best sunset and we eventually found it at Kirkjufell, the iconic Icelandic mountain. I didn’t have my tripod, and I couldn’t get a long exposure. I was trying to find the best angle for that reflex to get the shot right’

On the left is an otherworldly image snapped by British photographer James Theo in Utah. He called the photo ‘Life on Mars’. He said: ‘These colourful mud mounds I came across while in Utah were like something from Mars. This location blew me away and I had never seen anything like this before.’ On the right is a dramatic scene in Iceland captured by Alvaro Valiente, from Spain. He asked: ‘Can you spot my car? It’s the tiny white dot! The scale there is incredible’

This magical sunrise scene over Los Picachos de Ola in Panama was captured by a French photographer known as @followmypath. He explained: ‘This was definitely my favourite hike in Panama. The landscape was out of this world… and we had an amazing sunrise that day as well’ 

This mesmerising sunset picture was captured by Austrian snapper Sebastian Burziwal at Manarola in Italy’s Cinque Terre area. He described it as ‘one of the most magical sunsets ever’ 

The overall winning image – by Australian photographer Luke Simpson. He snapped it in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. He said: ‘It was a totally unplanned shot on our American road trip.’ For winning the contest, he scoops $1,000 in prize money

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