The iron, the melon and the jug: the weirdest Stans buildings – in pictures

From Ashgabat’s falcon-shaped airport to Dushanbe’s giant flagpole, and more than a few Eyes of Sauron, the Stans don’t shy away from eye-popping architecture

One last time over Georgia – drone photography

Georgia introduced new rules restricting the use of drones last month but before they came into force, Amos Chapple, one of the early pioneers of drone photography, captured the country’s diverse landscapes from above

National Geographic travel photographer of the year 2017 winners – in pictures

After much deliberation, the judges have announced the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year winners. The selection of winning images explores the diversity of the world through its geography and its inhabitants

Best photos of the day: an installation in Beijing and monsoons in India

A selection of highlights from around the world, including celebrations in Germany for a same-sex marriage vote, protests in Caracas and a sand sculpture in Fife

Travel photography competition: May – the winners

Poignant portraits and wanderlusty landscapes are again to the fore in this month’s excellent selection.