Lonely Planet Writer

Are these the most standout travel photos posted on Instagram?

We all love scrolling through the gorgeous images people post on Instagram, and now a new awards ceremony is poised to honour the best photography posted on the world’s favourite photo-sharing network.

Photobox Instagram Photography Awards shortlisted travel image by @leedslassie

The shortlist for the inaugural Photobox Instagram Photography Awards (PIPAs) has been revealed, and it was compiled from over 180,000 entries. There are ten diverse categories, including travel; fashion; festivals; animals & pets; sports & fitness; landscape, plants & nature; art/street art/culture; family; #love# and #nofilter.

Photobox Instagram Photography Awards shortlisted travel image by @blu3willow

The judges included Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief Farrah Storr, who selected the best submissions that poured in from the UK and France. “The shortlisted pictures need to be something that would make you stop when you’re scrolling through Instagram,” she says.

Photobox Instagram Photography Awards shortlisted landscape image by @mariacostantinaseri

The idea behind the competition is to unearth stunning photography that celebrates the beauty in the everyday. Obviously, the travel and landscape imagery particularly appealed to us at Lonely Planet, and there were some incredible entries taken all around the world in these categories.

Photobox Instagram Photography Awards shortlisted landscape image by @patlyr2052

“From snapping our supper to capturing our canine friends, most of us like to test our everyday photography skills on Instagram,” says Rory Scott of Photobox, chair of PIPAs 2018 judges. “But being such a popular site, we often miss out on some of the truly stunning photography on our feeds.”

Photobox Instagram Photography Awards shortlisted family image by @musotravels

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 3 October 2018. The overall ‘Instagram Photograph of the Year’ winner will receive £5000 (US$6514), with an additional £500 ($651) awarded for each of the ten category winners.

You can view the overall shortlisted images here.