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National Geographic Unveils Winners of 2017 Travel Photography Competition

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Photographers all over the world have been waiting for this moment – the announcement of winners of this year’s National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. The annual event seems to be getting more and more competitive with thousands of breathtaking shots from talented photographers. Over 15,000 entries from travelers worldwide vied for the coveted title and prizes.

The stunning photos have their unique way of highlighting the three major categories – nature, people, and cities. Check out the award-winning shots compiled by BoredPanda below.

#1 Grand Prize Winner: The Power Of Nature (Rancho De Aguirre, Colima, Mexico)

A powerful eruption illuminates the slopes of Mexico’s Colima Volcano on December 13, 2015. 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.

#2 Honorable Mention, Nature: Forest Of The Fairy (Tamba, Japan)

Source: Y. TAKAFUJI

In a remote village in the Tamba region of Japan, twinkling fireflies light up the Forest of the Gods on a summer evening. The fireflies carpet a stairway leading to a small shrine revered by the local people, creating a magical atmosphere.

#3 Honorable Mention, Nature: Marble Caves (Chile)

Source: CLANE GESSEL

My dad and I traveled to Patagonia earlier this year, and we wanted to see something off the beaten path. After a 10-hour drive and traversing a long, dirt trail, we finally came upon the marble caves. We chartered a boat to take us closer, and I waited for the perfect light to capture these intricate blue swirls. The extra effort it took to reach the caves was worth it.

#4 People's Choice Winner, Cities: Colorful Market, Bangkok (Thailand)

As night falls over Bangkok, Thailand, rows of rainbow-colored market stalls come to life.

#5 Third Place Winner, People: Under The Wave (Tavarua, Fiji)

I recently traveled to Tavarua, Fiji, with professional surfer Donavon Frankenreiter and captured this image at Cloudbreak. The usual surf shots have all been done, so we decided to get creative and looked for new angles and perspectives.




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