Gallery: National Geographic’s best travel photos of 2017

Gallery: National Geographic’s best travel photos of 2017

The winners in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition have been announced by National Geographic. Take a look at some incredible images.



National Geographic recently announced the winners of their annual Travel Photographer of the Year contest.

This year, the winning photograph was selected from over 15,000 entries from photographers in more than 30 countries.

Mexican photographer, Sergio Tapiro Velasco took the title of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year for an incredible image he shot in 2015.

In his winning photograph, Velasco captured Mexico’s Colima Volcano, one of Latin America’s most active volcanoes.

He said: “I was in the town of Comala when I suddenly saw incandescence above the volcano’s crater and started shooting. Seconds later, a powerful volcanic explosion expelled a cloud of ash particles and a massive lightning bolt illuminated most of the dark scene. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life.”

Grand Prize Winner: The Power Of Nature, Rancho De Aguirre, Colima, Mexico
Sergio Tapiro Velasco/National Geographic

Velasco also told the magazine that when he took the image, all he could do was stare.

“What I was watching was impossible to conceive, the image showed those amazing forces of nature interacting on a volcano, while the lightning brightened the whole scene. It’s an impossible photograph and my once in a lifetime shot that shows the power of nature.”

You can explore more winning photos in this year’s National Geographic best travel photo contest over here:

Honorable Mention, Nature: In a remote village in the Tamba region of Japan, twinkling fireflies light up the Forest of the Gods on a summer evening and paddy power promo codes.

Honorable Mention, Nature: Forest Of The Fairy, Tamba, Japan
Y. Takafuji/National Geographic

Honorable Mention, Nature: The Marble Caves of Patagonia.

Honorable Mention, Nature: Marble Caves, Chile
Clane Gessel/National Geographic

People’s Choice Winner, Nature. A buff-tailed coronet feeds on flower nectar in the Ecuadorian forest, a paradise for hummingbirds.

People's Choice Winner, Nature: Buff Tailed Coronet, Ecuador
Hymakar Valluri/ National Geographic

Second Place Winner, People. A crowd of spectators stand in front of Rembrandt’s masterpiece, Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild, at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Second Place Winner, People: Interesting Moment, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Julius Y./National Geographic

Third Place Winner, People. Under the Wave:

Third Place Winner, People: Under The Wave, Tavarua, Fiji
Rodney Bursiel/National Geographic

Third Place Winner, Cities. In Norway’s Lofoten Islands, the Henningsvær football field is considered one of the most amazing in Europe. This photo was taken during a sailing trip from Tromsø to the Lofoten Archipelago.

Third Place Winner, Cities: Henningsvær Football Field, Henningsvær, Nordland, Norway
Misha De-Stroyev/National Geographic

First Place Winner, People. Beams of light filter through a historic building in Konya, Turkey.

First Place Winner, People: Workship, Konya, Turkey
F. Dilek Uyar/National Geographic

Honorable Mention, Nature. Mount Bromo, a small but active volcano on East Java, Indonesia.

Honorable Mention, Nature: Mt. Bromo, East Java, Indonesia
Reynold Dewantara/National Geographic

Honorable Mention, People. The man’s stare:

Moin Ahmed/National Geographic

Honorable Mention, People. A father and son dressed in traditional white clothing sit at a mosque in New Delhi, India, under a blue sky on Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Honorable Mention, People: Bridging Generation, New Delhi, Nct, India
Jobit George/National Geographic


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