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The Best Travel Photographs of 2017

Picture of Kimberley Grant
Art Director - Photography
Updated: 22 December 2017

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.

A local mezcal producer uses his cattle to grind the agave plant in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Anna Bruce / © Culture Trip

Sandstone street views in Valletta, the European Capital of Culture 2018.


Ramon Portelli / © Culture Trip

Walkers enjoy spectacular views of the Pragser Wildsee in the Prags Dolomites, South Tyrol.

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Gioia Emidi / © Culture Trip

A local passes the beautiful white marble Birla Mandir temple in Jaipur.


Bhanu Prakash / © Culture Trip

Men carry a mikoshi (portable Shinto shrine) through the streets of Koto Ward during Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, a water-soaked summer celebration Tokyo.


Mithila Jariwala / © Culture Trip

An elderly couple sort through celosia and marigold flowers in preparation of Day of the Dead festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico.


Anna Bruce / © Culture Trip

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.

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Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna / © Culture Trip

A local street food vendor by his stall in Varanasi.

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Raj Barua / © Culture Trip

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.


Alexander Martin / © Culture Trip

A sika deer uses the pedestrian crossing in Nara, Japan.

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Meljun Picardal / © Culture Trip

The Worshipful Company of Woolmen gather to drive sheep across London Bridge, a tradition rooted in over 800 years of history.


James Gould / © Culture Trip

The Lazo family carry on the centuries-long tradition of Zapotec weaving at Dixza Rugs and Organic Farm in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Anna Bruce / © Culture Trip

A man helps his wife off the train at Mosteiro Station in Portugal.


Marina Watson Peláez / © Culture Trip

Musicians and dancers enjoy Diwali celebrations on the streets of Delhi.

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Palak Mittal / © Culture Trip

A Peruvian woman rests in one of the hammocks on a cargo ship travelling along the Amazon.


Mia Spingola / © Culture Trip

A local rolls his shopping home along the cobbled streets of the whimsical Trastevere neighbourhood in Rome.


Davide Oricchio / © Culture Trip

Shaman Don Martial Achote holds a Ayahuasca ceremony at La Luna del Amazonas retreat in Peru.


Mia Spingola / © Culture Trip

The sun begins to set on Umayyad Palace, located in the historical site Citadel in Amman, Jordan.

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Mo’taz Sheihan / © Culture Trip

Teens in fancy dress take Halloween selfies at the famous Shibuya crossing in Tokyo.


Mithila Jariwala / © Culture Trip

Hikers bypass clouds on stratovolcano Mount Damavand, the highest peak in Iran and highest volcano in Asia.


Sina Abasnejad / © Culture Trip

Fourth-generation owner of his family-run pie and mash shop, Joe F Cooke in Shoreditch, London.


Sophie Knight / © Culture Trip

A woman cuts cloth for lanterns at a local business in Hoi An, Vietnam.

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Vu Pham Van / © Culture Trip

Pastel-coloured houses nestled into the dramatic cliffs on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.


PassportTherapy / © Culture Trip

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.


Mia Spingola / © Culture Trip

Monks gather at Wat Phan Tao in the heart of the Chiang Mai’s old town to celebrate Yee Peng lantern festival.

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Gioia Emidi / © Culture Trip

Seamstress Dulce Albuquerque looks out of the window of her home in the hilly Bairro Alto neighbourhood in Lisbon.


Marina Watson Peláez / © Culture Trip

Inside the beautiful tiled Blue Mosque in Iran.



Sina Abasnejad / © Culture Trip

Woman weaves on an artisanal loom in one of Mae Sot’s traditional handicraft villages.


Gioia Emidi / © Culture Trip

Exploring the fields at the foot of Mount Bromo, an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia.


Putu Bagus Susastra Wiguna / © Culture Trip