Our pick of the best travel shots from the Sony World Photography Awards

Including huddling penguins, grand vistas, and an adorable upside down seal

Move over David Attenborough – this year’s Sony World Photography Awards features some of the finest wildlife and travel photography lenses can capture.

A wide-ranging competition covering everything from street portraiture to architecture, we’re limiting ourselves to highlighting some of the best shortlisted travel shots on offer.

Here are just a few of our favourites…

Greg Lecoeur took the plunge in the Farne Archipelago off Northumberland to capture this magnificent (and extremely curious) fur seal. We’re still working out whether those are eyes or extremely large nostrils…

A grey seal underwater

A grey seal underwater – Greg Lecoeur, France, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

If we’d been fixed by this fox’s piercing gaze, we’d have legged it. Fair play to Kuwaiti photographer, Msaaed Al Gharibah for sticking around and getting the shot…

A fox ready to spring

A fox ready to spring – Msaaed Al Gharibah, Kuwait, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

An unedifying portrait of Kuitun Grand Canyon in Xinjiang, China, we wouldn’t be surprised if this photo gets picked up by NASA to represent water on Mars…

A Chinese canyon

A Chinese canyon – Lu Quanhou, China, Shortlist, Open, Travel (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Sometimes photography is as much endurance as artistry. “It was worth standing for hours in minus 10 degrees to capture this,” said Canadian photographer Sandi Little…

Two eagles fighting

Two eagles fighting – Sandi Little, Canada, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

This shot of huddling baby penguins was snapped in Antarctica by American photographer Nadia Aly. We don’t know about you, but we’re getting traumatic flashbacks to Dynasties…

Baby penguins

Baby penguins – Nadia Aly, United States of America, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

A chiaroscuro masterpiece that Caravaggio would be proud of, we reckon this is about as visual as jellyfish can be. Our compliments to Spanish photographer Angel Fitor…

A jellyfish floating in the sea – Angel Fitor, Spain, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

A photograph so gloriously kinetic it seems to shift before your very eyes, Tracey Lund captured these submarine gannets just off Shetland…

Two gannets feeding

Two gannets feeding – Tracey Lund, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Natural World & Wildlife (Open competition), 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

A worthy alarm call if ever there was one, Roslan Nasir was mountainside at 4am to watch the sun rise over Mount Bromo, Indonesia…

A volcano in Indonesia

A volcano in Indonesia – Roslan Nasir, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open, Landscape, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

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