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In this is­sue’s Light­box, we present our pick of the best Nikon images short­listed for the 2017 Na­tion­alGeo­graphic Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion. The over­all and cat­e­gory win­ners will be crowned in early Au­gust. For more de­tails visit nat­geo

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Nikon images from the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion

Coal Mine Canyon Sun­rise Michael Perea, USA

The In­dian Reser­va­tions of the Amer­i­can South­west have some of the most beau­ti­ful and ex­tra­or­di­nary land­scapes I’ve ever seen. This lit­tle canyon is spec­tac­u­lar, and you would drive right past it, go­ing to­wards the pop­u­lar Mon­u­ment Val­ley, if you didn’t know it was there. Just a turn down a small dirt road and you’ll have this en­tire place to your­self. Nikon D810, 15-30mm f/2.8, 1/8 sec, f/18, ISO64

Ti­betan’s Soul Smile Mat­tia Pas­sarini, Ti­bet

This monk was run­ning back to his room af­ter af­ter­noon pray­ers at the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, in Ti­bet. I was chas­ing, him try­ing to get a nice shot, but he kept cov­er­ing his face. I called af­ter him in Chi­nese: “Paiy­izhang

ba” (“just one shot!”). He looked back and started to laugh. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO160

The Maze of Peo­ple Mohsin Abrar, In­done­sia

A wide-an­gle fish­eye lens gives a dis­torted view of Su­mur Gu­mul­ing, where four stair­cases meet to form a cen­tral plat­form in­side the Ta­man Sari Wa­ter Cas­tle, a for­mer royal gar­den of the Sul­tanate of Yo­gyakarta, in In­done­sia. Nikon D810, 12mm f/2.8, 1/5000 sec, f/2.8, ISO500

Lady Ha­vana Lau­ren Breedlove, Cuba

Dur­ing a re­cent visit to Cuba, I en­coun­tered this bold woman on the street while strolling around Old Ha­vana. Some­thing about her just struck me, like her eyes held a mil­lion sto­ries. I ap­proached her with some change, ask­ing to take her pho­to­graph. She nod­ded and posed like a boss, cigar and all. Nikon D5300, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO200

Wanaka Tree Linda Cutche

I had heard so much about this fa­mous tree and thought that so many peo­ple had pho­tographed it there was no point in do­ing so my­self. That was un­til I saw it on this glo­ri­ous morn­ing and was drawn to tak­ing my own cre­ation. Nikon D610, 16-35mm f/4, 0.3 sec, f/20, ISO100

Hong Kong Fog Ed­ward Tin, Hong Kong

This im­age of Hong Kong’s Kwai Chung Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal was taken soon af­ter sun­rise. As lay­ers of sea fog draw in, only the cranes of the con­tainer ships and the twin tow­ers of the Stone­cut­ters Bridge project through the swirling mist. Nikon D810, 70-300mm f/4-5.6, 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO100

Top of the Rock Ed Nazarko, USA This was taken from the ob­ser­va­tion deck of the Rock­e­feller Cen­ter in New York City. I took a five-ex­po­sure bracket, know­ing the bright sun­set sky and darker build­ings would need it, and then com­bined the brack­eted images in Pho­to­shop. Nikon D800E, 14-24mm f/2.8, five ex­po­sures, f/8, ISO640 The Mir­ror Takahiro Bessho, Ja­pan Lake Yogo, also known as ‘The Lake of Mir­ror’, some­times re­flects ev­ery­thing in front of you. Nikon D810, 14-24mm f/2.8, 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO64

Pow­er­ful Cloud Takashi, Ja­pan Var­i­ous forms of cloud ap­pear when air cur­rents blow over Mount Fuji, in Ja­pan. To cap­ture this im­age, I slept in my car overnight, about 25 miles to the west. Small clouds that ap­peared be­fore dawn grew big­ger and big­ger, and just be­fore sun­rise they be­came huge. Their back­lit shad­ows were the most pow­er­ful mas­ter­pieces. Nikon D800, 50-200mm f/2.8, 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO100 In Your Face Shane Gross, Caribbean Caribbean reef sharks are usu­ally very shy, so I placed my Nikon on a rock I knew they fre­quented and used a re­mote trig­ger to click away as they swam in and bumped my cam­era around. Nikon D90, 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/100 sec, f/18, ISO100

© Linda Cutche / Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year

© Ed­ward Tin / Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year

© Takahiro Bessho / Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year

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