Top pho­to­graphic Tal­ent are cel­e­brated as The win­ning im­ages from This year’s Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Travel pho­tog­ra­pher of The year award are an­nounced…

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he world is smaller place now more than ever; we can vir­tu­ally ex­plore the planet thanks to the abun­dance of vis­ual me­dia at our fin­ger­tips, and we can phys­i­cally travel with greater ease than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions. shop fru­gally and you can be on a plane and in an­other coun­try for the price of a train ticket. surely that’s a far bet­ter way to im­prove pho­tog­ra­phy than buy­ing an­other lens or ac­ces­sory?

You don’t make great im­ages sit­ting at home. Case in point – the win­ning im­ages from this year’s Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Travel Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year award show­case of the very best prod­ucts of wan­der­lust. From vi­o­lent vol­canic erup­tions in Mexico to un­der­wa­ter cav­erns, densely- pop­u­lated set­tle­ments, and creatures and cul­tures in far- off coun­tries, this year’s se­lec­tion will have you reach­ing for your pass­port faster than you can say ‘ pri­or­ity board­ing’.

This year’s award was split into three cat­e­gories: Na­ture, Peo­ple and Cities with over 15,000 en­tries from 30 coun­tries vy­ing for the top spot. Mexico’s ser­gio Tapiro Ve­lasco was awarded the Grand Prize for ‘ The Power of Na­ture’, show­ing the ‘ Vol­cano of Fire' out­side Colima, Mexico. Ve­lasco po­si­tioned him­self 12km away, and wit­nessed the most fe­ro­cious light­ning storm he’d ever seen, ini­tially un­sure if he’d had any suc­cess or not. “when i looked on the cam­era dis­play, all i could do was stare,” said Ve­lasco. “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.” Ve­lasco also won the Na­ture cat­e­gory, and a ten- day trip to Galá­pa­gos ar­chi­pel­ago, as well as a Usd$ 2,500 prize.

win­ners were an­nounced from the Peo­ple and Cities cat­e­gories too, with Turkey's F. dilek Uyar claim­ing the Usd$ 2,500 Peo­ple prize, and Nor­bert Fritz tak­ing the Cities award. sec­ond and third from each cat­e­gory took home Usd$ 750 and Usd$ 500, re­spec­tively.

To view the win­ning and short­listed en­tries and for fur­ther de­tails on the an­nual award, visit: nat­geo. com/ trav­elpho­to­con­test.

2) honourable men­tion na­ture: In Your Face: by Shane Gross: “caribbean reef sharks are usu­ally shy so i placed my cam­era on a rock where i knew they fre­quented and used a re­mote trig­ger to click away as they came by and bumped my cam­era around.” 2

3) honourable men­tion peo­ple: The Man’s Stare by Moin Ahmed: “Taken at Tongi rail­way Sta­tion, gazipur, Bangladesh. a train from dhaka had stopped at the plat­form for five min­utes. i found a pair of cu­ri­ous eyes were look­ing at me through the win­dow and on his left an um­brella that had been put out to protect them from the rain.” 3

4) 3rd place peo­ple: Un­der The Wave by Rod­ney Bur­siel: “i re­cently trav­elled 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. it makes you look twice.” 4

1 1) Grand prize & 1st prize na­ture: The Power Of Na­ture by Ser­gio tapiro Ve­lasco: “a pow­er­ful erup­tion of colima Vol­cano in Mexico on de­cem­ber 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, the fric­tion of ash par­ti­cles gen­er­ated a big light­ning storm, il­lu­mi­nat­ing most of the dark scene.”

5) 2nd place cities: Walled City # 08 by Andy Ye­ung: “Be­fore it was de­mol­ished in the 1990s, Kowloon Walled city was the dens­est place on earth. hun­dreds of houses stacked on top of each other en­closed in the cen­tre of the struc­ture. how­ever, if you look closely, you will no­tice that the city is not dead. part of it still ex­ists in many of the cur­rent high den­sity hous­ing apart­ments.” 6) 1st place peo­ple: Wor­ship by F. Dilek Uyar: “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.” 5

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