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
‘The soul of Kyoto’ by @patriciasoon – Kyoto, Japan
‘Golden Hair’ by @arminabdehou – Barzan, Iraq
‘Fishing in Simerenya’ by @fdilekuyar – Ankara, Turkey
‘Untitled’ by @georock888 – Tangerang, Indonesia
‘Summer at St Paul’s’ by @theliamman – London
‘Return home’ by @phamchiconghp – Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam
‘The Only Way We Know How’ by @eighthman – Accra, Ghana
‘Untitled’ by @rozelkazi – Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh
‘Sunset above the clouds’ by @olegp – Hafelekar, Austria
‘Red cabin’ by @øystein – Eastern Norway
‘Sunrise at -5°F’ by @jamiemalcolmbrown – Hatfield, Massachusetts
‘Walking on stilts’ by @ptkhanhhvnh – Gia Lai, Vietnam
‘Sunset over Bristol’ by @tom.bridges – Bristol, UK
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