While most of us are uploading selfies and cute pictures of our cats to Instagram, others are showing off their incredible photography skills and making you wonder, ‘How did they capture that?’

The Photobox Instagram Photography Awards (PIPAs) celebrates this kind of talent and finds the best of the best on the social media site. The overall winning shot this year was by Darren Hall from Newcastle of his dog Ted catching a ball mid-flight.

It’s in its first year, but the competition received over 180,000 entries, making it the largest photography competition of its kind, and covered the categories; travel, landscape, arts and culture, fashion, animals, festival, sport, love, no filter and family.

The travel category winner was by Gilles Guilbert, who captured a woman at the Zinneke Parade in Brussels with blue colouring on her face. But which other photos stood out in travel? Here’s our pick of the best:

Travel runner up: A Punjab man in India, by Jean-Pierre Duverge


Travel runner up: Men on stilts in Issoire, France, by Thierry Reding


Shortlisted: A stunning view of Rainbow Mountain, Peru, by Conor McCann


Shortlisted: Fish in Mexico, by Israel Solórzano


Shortlisted: Huntington Beach, California, by Eric Demarcq 


Shortlisted: Promenade des Anglais, Nice, by Frédéric Ladevèze


Shortlisted: Lounging sea lions on pontoons at San Francisco’s Pier 39, by Joachim Beauvilain


Shortlisted: Holidaymakers in St. Barts, by Valentin Lalo


Shortlisted: A picturesque street in France, by Aaron Jenkin 


– Press Association


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