Alive with artisans: Cairo’s al-Darb al-Ahmar district – a photo essay

Amid the historic quarter’s busy streets, a thousand workshops maintain centuries-old craftmaking traditions. These workers’ ancient skills are celebrated in a new exhibition at London’s Royal Geographical Society

Instagram journey in St Vincent & the Grenadines

Genie Austin heads west from her native Barbados to the SVG archipelago, where the sand may not be golden, but the pristine beaches, quiet cays and colourful buildings are the Caribbean at its tranquil best

Cafe culture, colour and caves: an Instagram journey through Vietnam

Chris Schalkx captures Vietnam’s vivid palette in the streets of Hanoi and Hoi An, its caves and rivers, and a Ho Chi Minh City tower block devoted to cafes

Instagram journey through Guatemala

Lake views, colonial architecture and colourful street vendors of this Central American traveller’s favourite

Blackpool beach: a year in the life of a seaside town

Photographer Christopher Thomond visited Blackpool throughout 2017. From throngs on the pier to glorious sunsets and windswept dog walks, Laura Barton examines its appeal.   Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including Travels through History : France Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

10 top tips for taking amazing travel photographs

Expert advice on capturing great travel shots

Travel photography competition: 2017 – the winners

Here are the top shots from each month. Scroll down to see the overall winner, whose prize is a fabulous wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with Exodus Travels