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In Pics: The incredible images entered as part of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition

Entries for the competition by Takashi (left), Manish Mamtani (top right) and Adam Cunningham-White (National Geographic Photographer of the Year Contest)
Entries for the competition by Takashi (left), Manish Mamtani (top right) and Adam Cunningham-White (National Geographic Photographer of the Year Contest)

 

THIS collection of stunning images comes from National Geographic’s 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year competition.

The annual contest sees snappers from all over the globe send in their best pictures, with the entries always breathtaking.

The competition’s judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that inspire, with the official categories of nature, cities, and people.

If you’ve got a shot that you think matches them, the competition is still open for entries.

Click here to enter and to take a look at all of the entries.

The grand prize is a ten-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions.

Here are some of our favourite images:

 

A drive to remember

(Photo and caption by Manish Mamtani / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

A drive to remember

“Aerial view of the Scenic drive and the beautiful Fall colors of New Hampshire. I used a drone to capture the fall colors that cannot be seen from the road.”

 

In Your Face

(Photo and caption by Shane Gross / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

In Your Face

“Caribbean reef sharks are usually shy so I placed my camera on a rock where I know they frequent and used a remote trigger to click away as they came in and bumped my camera around.”

 

SymmetryrtemmyS

(Photo and caption by Hiroshi Tanita / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

SymmetryrtemmyS

“Cherry blossoms reflected in perfect condition.”

 

The Mirror

(Photo and caption by Takahiro Bessho / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

The Mirror

“Lake Yogo, called “The lake of Mirror”, sometimes reflects everything in front of you.”

 

Swallows Cave

(Photo and caption by Marc Henauer / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Swallows Cave

“A freediver swim in the deep of “swallows cave” in Tonga. This cave is settled by more than few thousand fish. They offer you a spectacular ballet when you dive inside. The contrast between the dark of the bottom and the light of the top make bright the fishes like stars.”

 

Lost in white

(Photo and caption by Adam Cunningham-White/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Lost in white

“This photo captures the moment that I, along with 3 other Sami reindeer herders become a little lost while migrating with 350 reindeer. They were rounded up from a section of forest around 30kms south of this point. Our goal was to take them, via rivers, northwards to pastures new using the network of rivers and lakes that flow through Sweden.

“This was taken on Randijaur lake, Jokkmokk, Sweden.”

 

Lonely salt lake

(Photo and caption by Stas Bartnikas / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Lonely salt lake

“Aerial shot was taken in Death Valley national park from a small plane.”

 

Little Eyewitness

(Photo and caption by Hidetoshi Ogata / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Little Eyewitness

“Little Eyewitness” was taken in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Japan on December, 2016. On a cold winter’s day, monkeys have several ways to keep off the cold. For example, in order to keep them warm, they have a soak in a hot spring, take a bedrock bath or huddle together, etc. While monkeys were huddling together, I approached them with the stealthy footsteps. Then I photographed them from directly above at the moment when a little monkey nestled in mother’s arms looked to the camera.

 

Blue pond the stellar sky

(Photo and caption by Nao Akimoto / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Blue pond the stellar sky

“Voice from the stars.”

 

Powerful cloud

(Photo and caption by Takashi / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Powerful cloud

“Mt Fuji is a treasure trove of mysterious shaped clouds.

“Various forms of clouds appear when a fast air current blows over the Mt Fuji.

“I stayed in the car during the night at the Inokashira forest road about 0.8 miles above sea level about 25 miles west of Mt Fuji. The small clouds that appeared before dawn grew bigger and bigger. Just before sunrise they had become a huge cloud covering Mt. Fuji. The shadows of them in the backlight were the most powerful masterpieces.”

 

Morning Cranes

(Photo and caption by  Hiroki Inoue / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Morning Cranes

“I was able to capture the silhouettes of the cranes through the morning fog.”

 

The Salt Miners

(Photo and caption by  Tugo Cheng / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

The Salt Miners

“As the most ancient and grueling trade in Ethiopia, the salt miners in the Afar region are still using the most traditional camel caravan to carry loads of salt bricks extracted from the vast salt flats everyday. However, an under-construction railway from Djibouti and new road traversing the old salt route may soon render the camel caravan obsolete.”

 

Moss forest

(Photo and caption by Tetsuya Hosokawa / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Moss forest

“Yakushima is an island full of abundant moss and beautiful water.”