Readers' pictures of the year 2019

image copyrightDerek Payne
image captionDerek Payne: "This is the age of the selfie where we define our own identity."
image copyrightAnant Ganesh Patel 
image captionAnant Ganesh Patel: "Some dogs show interest in a hippo in Livingstone, Zambia, Africa."
image copyrightGordon Calder
image captionGordon Calder: "I was visiting Liverpool for the first time a few years ago and stumbled across this amazing staircase and escalator combination."
image copyrightPenni James
image captionPenni James: "A rainy trip over Sydney’s Anzac Bridge (as the passenger)."
image copyrightRhonda Tough
image captionRhonda Tough: "I love this picture taken without the subject's knowledge. She is deep in thought with the daylight glow reflecting off her."
image copyrightTracey Reid
image captionTracey Reid: "Puzzlewood. You may spot the coloured witch that inhabits there."
image copyrightVerna Evans
image captionVerna Evans photographed these ballerinas waiting in a queue for the loo.
image copyrightBarbara Bryant
image captionBarbara Bryant: "The Norfolk Crazy Ladies enjoying a weekly dip in the River Bure at Horstead Mill. We swim all year round, in all weathers, in just our cossies, and always enjoy lots of laughter - and cake."
image copyrightPaul Granahan
image captionPaul Granahan took this photo near Crater Lake, Oregon, USA. "I wanted to capture the way the hills disappeared into the early morning mist. I was inspired by the view from this location which was enhanced by smoke from the forest fires, which are a common occurrence in the pine forests."
image copyrightDayve Ward
image captionDayve Ward: "Six years ago Paul Rose (the intrepid explorer) had an idea of clearing some of the flotsam and jetsam that lay at the bottom of Windermere in the Lake District. Paul had the idea of bringing a handful of divers he knew to help. That handful grew to over 260 plus 100 on-shore volunteers! This is one of the images I made."
image copyrightJanie Tonkin
image captionJanie Tonkin: "An old payphone contrasts against a vermillion wall in a block of artists' studios in Taipei. It looks well maintained, clean and shiny; probably not used in a while."
image copyrightRichard Derwent
image captionRichard Derwent: "Family and musical memories on top of the piano in my dining room."
image copyrightBetty Nesbitt
image captionBetty Nesbitt: "Just waiting my turn to feel the view and the force of Niagara Falls."
image copyrightSally Brown
image captionSally Brown: "Skógafoss on the Skógá river in Iceland is beautiful during the day and spectacular at night, especially when the aurora decides to dance."
image copyrightEsther Johnson
image captionEsther Johnson: "This sunflower was really struggling to open in the thick, Cornish mizzle."
image copyrightPaul Mazurek
image captionPaul Mazurek: "Two ruby-throated hummingbirds visit my backyard feeder in Richmond, Kentucky."
image copyrightJenny Downing
image captionJenny Downing: "Drying a recently harvested crop of red chillies."
image copyrightSimon Lamb
image captionSimon Lamb: "Highway maintenance technicians carrying out night-time road repairs in Cardiff city centre."
image copyrightChris Jones
image captionChris Jones: "In the wee hours of the morning, a man waits for traffic to clear before crossing a street in Seattle, Washington."
image copyrightSergio Campanile
image captionSergio Campanile: "Going south, taken during the autumn in North Bay, Ontario, Canada."
image copyrightDeborah Roy
image captionDeborah Roy: "This bluebird is defending his territory against the bluebird in the mirror."
image copyrightSophie Adams
image captionSophie Adams: "This picture was taken in Bolivia. We had spent four days driving across the Altiplano where we had encountered snow, lightning, gales and sunshine. I particularly like this image as it was the calm after a storm."
image copyrightRichard Derwent
image captionRichard Derwent: "Family fun on our Spanish villa holiday, but someone just had to go and spoil the line-up..."
image copyrightVITALIS VASYLIUS
image captionVitalis Vasylius: "Myriads of stars."
image copyrightCarolyn DiFrancesco
image captionCarolyn DiFrancesco: "I waited for the perfect sunset while these daisies were in bloom."
image copyrightMatthew Jeanes
image captionMatthew Jeanes: "I saw these two men sitting down to chat in the central square of the city of Bolu in Turkey."
image copyrightGus Campion
image captionGus Campion: "Sunset walk on the beach with my daughter Alannah and Labrador, Lola, in Lee Point Beach, Australia." The next theme is "individuality" and the deadline for entries is 7 January 2020. Send pictures to or follow the link to "Upload your pictures here" below. Further details and terms can be found by following the link to "We set the theme, you take the pictures," at the bottom of the page.

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