This year, our team of talented local and travelling photographers have captured some of the most inspiring stories, unique cultural events and attractions in the world. Curated from 62 photographers across 27 countries, here’s a look at some of the best of 2017.
Sandstone street views in Valletta, the European Capital of Culture 2018.Walkers enjoy spectacular views of the Pragser Wildsee in the Prags Dolomites, South Tyrol.
A local passes the beautiful white marble Birla Mandir temple in Jaipur.
Men carry a mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine) through the streets of Koto Ward during Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, a water-soaked summer celebration Tokyo.
An elderly couple sort through celosia and marigold flowers in preparation of Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Villagers in Indonesia gather on the fifth and final day of the Ma’nene festival in which they celebrate their dead relatives by bathing and dressing their corpses and displaying them on the cliffs.A local street food vendor by his stall in Varanasi.
Thousands gather to watch the funeral of King Rama IX on a projector on Bangkok’s Khaosan Road, using umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun.
A sika deer uses the pedestrian crossing in Nara, Japan.
The Worshipful Company of Woolmen gather to drive sheep across London Bridge, a tradition rooted in over 800 years of history.
The Lazo family carry on the centuries-long tradition of Zapotec weaving at Dixza Rugs and Organic Farm in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico.
A man helps his wife off the train at Mosteiro Station in Portugal.
Musicians and dancers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the streets of Delhi.A Peruvian woman rests in one of the hammocks on a cargo ship travelling along the Amazon.
A local rolls his shopping home along the cobbled streets of the whimsical Trastevere neighbourhood in Rome.
Shaman Don Martial Achote holds a Ayahuasca ceremony at La Luna del Amazonas retreat in Peru.
The sun begins to set on Umayyad Palace, located in the historical site Citadel in Amman, Jordan.
Teens in fancy dress take Halloween selfies at the famous Shibuya crossing in Tokyo.
Hikers bypass clouds on stratovolcano Mount Damavand, the highest peak in Iran and highest volcano in Asia.Fourth-generation owner of his family-run pie and mash shop, Joe F Cooke in Shoreditch, London.
A woman cuts cloth for lanterns at a local business in Hoi An, Vietnam.Pastel-coloured houses nestled into the dramatic cliffs on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
An Uru woman uses bundles of fried totora reeds to make balsas (reed boats) on one of the forty-two floating Uros islands on Lake Titicaca, Peru.
Monks gather at Wat Phan Tao in the heart of the Chiang Mai’s old town to celebrate Yee Peng lantern festival.
Seamstress Dulce Albuquerque looks out of the window of her home in the hilly Bairro Alto neighbourhood in Lisbon.
Inside the beautiful tiled Blue Mosque in Iran.
Woman weaves on an artisanal loom in one of Mae Sot’s traditional handicraft villages.
Exploring the fields at the foot of Mount Bromo, an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia.