Widely considered the most beautiful times of day, sunset and sunrise are also probably the most difficult to photograph. Capturing the right composition of light and camera settings while racing against the movements of the sun can be an unforgiving enterprise, but, if you get it right, the results are often spectacular.

Fifty stunning sunset and sunrise-themed photos – selected from nearly 20,000 submissions – are now vying for victory in #GoldenHour2020, an international competition put on by free-to-use photography app Agora.

14 spectacular Golden Hour photos

The champion will be crowned on February 6, but in the meantime, here are our favourite shots that will help chase away the January blues.

‘The vessel sunset’ by @rafaelgranados – New York

Golden Hour photo New York
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‘The soul of Kyoto’ by @patriciasoon – Kyoto, Japan

Golden Hour japan
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‘Golden Hair’ by @arminabdehou – Barzan, Iraq

Golden Hour Iraq
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‘Fishing in Simerenya’ by @fdilekuyar – Ankara, Turkey

Golden Hour Turkey
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‘Untitled’ by @georock888 – Tangerang, Indonesia

Golden Hour Indonesia
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‘Summer at St Paul’s’ by @theliamman – London

Golden Hour London
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‘Return home’ by @phamchiconghp – Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

Golden Hour Vietnam
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‘The Only Way We Know How’ by @eighthman – Accra, Ghana

Golden Hour Ghana
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‘Untitled’ by @rozelkazi – Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh

Golden Hour Bangladesh
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‘Sunset above the clouds’ by @olegp – Hafelekar, Austria

Golden Hour Austria
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‘Red cabin’ by @øystein – Eastern Norway

Golden Hour Eastern Norway
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‘Sunrise at -5°F’ by @jamiemalcolmbrown – Hatfield, Massachusetts

Golden Hour Massachusetts
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‘Walking on stilts’ by @ptkhanhhvnh – Gia Lai, Vietnam

Golden Hour Vietnam stilts
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‘Sunset over Bristol’ by @tom.bridges – Bristol, UK

Golden Hour Bristol
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