Thursday, 3 August 2017

Lifestyle: 18 breathtaking winning photos from National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year contest

"Marble Caves"— Clane Gessel.

Delve into some of the most awe-inspiring entries and winners from this year's prestigious National Geographic competition.

National Geographic has announced the winners of its prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year competition this week, exhibiting some of the most notable and awe-inspiring travel photos from around the world.

The competition celebrates stunning photography captured by people across the globe, and praises those that inspire readers to see the world through a new lens.

Over 15,000 entrants from 30 countries submitted their astonishing photographs to the competition's three categories: nature, people, and cities.

Mexican photographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco was awarded the prestigious title for 2017 with his stunning portrait of a volcano, titled "The Power of Nature." The grand prize was a 0-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions

Scroll down to see some of the most the breathtaking entries across all three categories, along with an explanation from the photographer of what inspired each image.

"The Power of Nature" — Sergio Tapiro Velasco.

Nature, First Place and Grand Prize Winner

"Powerful eruption of Colima Volcano in Mexico on December 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, friction of ash particles generated a big lightning of about 600 meters that connected ash and volcano, and illuminated most of the dark scene. On last part of 2015, this volcano showed a lot of eruptive activity with ash explosions that raised 2-3 km above the crater. Most of night explosions produced incandescent rock falls and lightning not bigger than 100 meters in average."

"To Live."— Hiromi Kano.

Nature, Second Place

"Swans who live vigorous even in mud."

"Crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles"— Tarun Sinha.

Nature, Third Place

"This image was captured in Costa Rica when I was travelling from Monteverde to Playa Hermosa. As you cross over this river, you can stop and peer over the edge of the bridge. Below, reside over 35 gigantic crocodiles,relaxing on the muddy banks of the river. I wanted to capture the stark difference between the crocodiles on land and in the water. In the murky waters, the body contours of these beasts remain hidden, and one can only truly see their girth as they emergefrom the river."

"Marble Caves"— Clane Gessel.

Nature, Honourable Mention

"The marble caves of Patagonia."

"Forest of the Fairy"— Yutaka Takafuji.

Nature, Honourable Mention

"Shooting in the forest this photograph was taken in the evening hours of a humid early summer day in the forest of a small remote village in the Tamba area of Japan. It beautifully captures the magical atmosphere of Princess fireflies carpeting a stairway leading to a small shrine revered by the local people."

"Mt. Bromo"— Reynold Riksa Dewantara.

Nature, Honourable Mention

"Mount Bromovolcano is a small, but active volcanic cinder cone on Java, Indonesia. Early 2016, I happened to be in Mt.Bromo during the increase of seismic activity and triggered the alert status to the second highest."

"In Your Face"— Shane Gross.

Nature, Honourable Mention

"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."

"Levels of Reading"— Norbert Fritz.

Cities, First Place

"The modern interior of the city library in Stuttgart. With its wide-open space in the central, where natural light comes from through the windows on the top, it has a very unique atmosphere, where you can broaden your knowledge."

"Walled City #08"— Andy Yeung.

Cities, Second Place

"The Kowloon Walled City was the densest place on Earth. Hundreds of houses stacked on top of each other enclosed in the center of the structure. Many didn’t have access to open space.This notorious city was finally demolished in 1990s. However, if you look hard enough, youwill notice that the city is not dead. Part of it still exists in many of current high density housing apartments. I hope this series can get people to think about claustrophobic living in Hong Kong from a new perspective."

"Henningsvær Football Field"— Misha De-Stroyev.

Cities, Third Place

"This football field in Henningsvær in the Lofoten Islands is considered one of the most amazing fields in Europe, and maybe even in the world. The photo was taken during a 10-day sailing trip in Norway in June 2017. We arrived to Henningsvær after a week of sailing through the cold and rainy weather. Upon our arrival, the weather cleared up. I was really lucky that the conditions were suitable for flying my drone, and I managed to capture this shot from a height of 120 meters."

"Colorful Apartment"— Tetsuya Hashimoto.

Cities, Honourable Mention

"This building is apartment complex in Gifu Prefecture of Japan. It is very colorful, but it is an ordinary collective housing where ordinary people can live."

"Al Ain"— Andrzej Bochenski.

Cities, Honourable Mention

"New city on the desert."

"Workship"— F. Dilek Uyar.

People, First Place

"This photo was taken in Konya. Willing Dervish in an historical place of Sille KonyaTurkey. The 'dance' of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema and is a symbol of the Mevlevi culture. According to Mevlana's teachings, human beings are born twice, once of their mothers and the second time of their own bodies."

"Interesting Moment." — Julius Y.

People, Second Place

"Museum visitors curiously watching Rembrandt's painting "Syndics of the Drapers' Guild" where it gave the illusion that the people on the paintings too are curiously watching the visitors."

"Under the Wave"— Rodney Bursiel.

People, Third Place

"I recently traveled to Tavarua, Fiji to do some surf photography with pro surfer Donavon Frankenreiter at Cloudbreak. I'm always looking for new angles and perspectives. The usual surf shots have all been done so we decided to get a little creative. Makes you look twice."

"Bridging Generation."— Jobit George.

People, Honourable Mention

"A beautiful photo of a father and son sitting in white traditional attire with beautiful blue sky on the day of Eid al-Fitr in a mosque in New Delhi, India. The photo shows the beautiful bond which these two generation have been building up in a very simple and lovable manner."

"The Man's Stare"— Moin Ahmed.

People, Honourable Mention

"The photo was taken on 23rd of July 2016 at Tongi Railway Station, Gazipur, Bangladesh. I was there for taking photos and waiting for a moment. A train from Dhaka toward another district has reached and stopped at the platform for 5 min for lifting passengers. It was huge raining. Suddenly I found a pair of curious eye was looking at me through the window and on his left an umbrella has been put for protect the rain. I got the moment."

"Blessings at Besakih"— Michael Dean Morgan.

People, Honourable Mention

"Besakih Temple has been known as Bali's 'Mother Temple' for over 1000 years and is perched 1000 metres high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung. Here Balinese often come to offer up prayer and take blessing from the temple priests or "Pemangku" who reside there."

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