Photographers know that golden hour, the time shortly after sunrise and just before sunset, produces warm, glowing light that’s ideal for any genre of photography.

For our Golden Hour Quest, we asked for your best photos capturing the magical qualities of this time of day and we weren’t disappointed. We received a wide range of submissions: shining cityscapes, majestic wildlife, and warm and flattering portraits. In the end, it was the quality of light and breathtaking panoramic view in Rossano Ferrari’s landscape photo “Dolomites Sunset Time” that made it our winner.

Dolomites Sunset Time by Rossano Ferrari on

What the judge loved about this photo: We had so many outstanding submissions for this Quest, but the winner knocked it out of the park with this gorgeous panorama of the Dolomites in Italy. There so many beautiful colours and tones in this photo, he clearly picked the perfect time and location to capture this majestic view.

Rossano shared the story behind the photo: I took the winning photo at Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The house you can see in the foreground is the Locatelli hut, where I slept with my son. I often drive to those places (about 5 hours away from my home) to look for interesting subjects to shoot. I was looking for a stunning sunset at Tre Cime di Lavaredo for a long time, and finally, I was lucky enough to find the best conditions. I took the photo around 8:30 PM, from a small and narrow ledge. At that point of view, there is only space for one person and his tripod. This photo is the result of an overview of 3 HDR shots horizontally.

Let the golden light of our finalist photos wash over you below:

Vasco da Gama II by Carl Häll on

homesick by Taya Iv on

Cordillera Paine by Luka Vunduk on

Durdle Door Sunset by Chris Sweet on

Untitled by Diego  Oliveira on

Westerhever Lighthouse by Christoph Dopplinger on

Raining gold sunset road by Linda Enkema on

Sweet Sunrise by Manos Choustoulakis on

sunrise by Mark Bridger on

Dune 45. Sossusvlei by Xenia Ivanoff-Erb on

Golden hour on the mountain by Andrius Šešelgis on

Cefalù, Sicily by Alessio Michelini on

Sound Of Summer by Stefan Petershofer on

good morning fire by Heiko Podleska on

King's River by Nathaniel Merz on

Golden morning by Goran Ivkovic on

The three bells' sunset by Roberto Perrella on

First Rays by Billy Purta on

Rakaposhi by Maqsood MK on

Gladiator by Piotr Ciupka on

Scoresbysund Morning Light by Hans-Peter Deutsch on

Hat with a Cap by Urip Dunker on

Godafoss Sunset by Terry Cluley on

On The Edge by Mark Basarab on

The Big Sunrise by Marco Balderi on

Sunrise at the harbour by Paal Uglefisk Lund on

Yosemite Sunrise God Rays by Shuo Seal on

Asian fisherman by Panom Bounak on