3. Winner: People category. Careful, brother... (Kolkata, India) by Sandipan Mukherjee

See the winners and runners-up in our online gallery

We received thousands of entries to this year's competition, held in association with 'Wanderlust' magazine.

A wealth of spectacular destinations and dramatic encounters from around the planet were revealed in the four amateur categories: "Wildlife", "Landscape", "People" and "Icons".

The winners of each category each receive a photo commission to Jordan, courtesy of the Jordan Tourist Board, with the chance to explore a country that is a spectacular destination in its own right, with landscapes that range from the fertile Jordan Valley to remote desert canyons and haunting wildernesses.

The runners-up in each category receive Nikon D5200 digital SLR camera kits, while highly commended entrants each receive a Nikon Coolpix AW110 camera.

Image above: Careful, brother... (Kolkata, India) by Sandipan Mukherjee. "Travellers to the city may still seek out vestiges of the Kolkata of yore in the labyrinthine streets of Bagbazar. In some quaint little alley, one may even chance upon an itinerant kaan-saaf-wallah (ear-cleaner), armed with his strange array of tools, attending to a terrified customer."