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21 Best Travel Photos Of 2017 As Chosen By National Geographic

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The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year is an award that highlights the diversity of our planet through its natural wonders and inhabitants. Its 2017 installment has received more than 15,000 entries from travelers around the world for awards in three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The prestigious Grand Prize went to Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico who also won first place in the nature category.

Norbert Fritz (Hungary) took the top prize in the Cities category for his photo, titled “Levels of Reading,” and F. Dilek Uyar (Turkey) won the People category with his image “Worship”.

The first, second and third places in each category are awarded, $2,500, $750 and $500 respectively, with Velasco, the winner of the Grand Prize, also receiving a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions. You will find a selection of the best entries from this year’s National Geographic competition below.

1. Grand Prize Winner: The Power Of Nature, Rancho De Aguirre, Colima, Mexico

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

Source:SERGIO TAPIRO VELASCO

2. Honorable Mention, Nature: Forest Of The Fairy, Tamba, Japan

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

Source:Y. TAKAFUJI

3. Honorable Mention, Nature: Marble Caves, Chile

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The marble caves of Patagonia lie behind a 10-hour drive from the Chilean capital of Santiago and reaching them includes traversing a long, dirt trail.

Source:CLANE GESSEL

4. People’s Choice Winner, Nature: Buff Tailed Coronet, Ecuador

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Source:HYMAKAR VALLURI

5. People’s Choice Winner, Cities: Colorful Market, Bangkok, Thailand

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

Source:KAJAN MADRASMAIL

6. Third Place Winner, People: Under The Wave, Tavarua, Fiji

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Professional surfer Donavon Frankenreiter beneath a wave in Tavarua, Fiji.

Source:RODNEY BURSIEL

7. Second Place Winner, People: Interesting Moment, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

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A crowd of spectators stands in front of Rembrandt’s masterpiece, Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild, at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Source:JULIUS Y.

8. Third Place Winner, Cities: Henningsvær Football Field, Henningsvær, Nordland, Norway

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In Norway’s Lofoten Islands, The Henningsvær football field in Norway’s Lofoten Island photographed by drone from a height of about 390 feet (120 meters).

Source:MISHA DE-STROYEV

9. First Place Winner, People: Worship, Konya, Turkey

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Beams of light filter through a historic building in Konya, Turkey, where a whirling dervish performs an ecstatic dance. The ceremony represents a mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent towards truth and love and the constant evolution of all living things.

Source:F. DILEK UYAR

10. Honorable Mention, Nature: Mt. Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

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Mount Bromo is a small but active volcano on East Java, Indonesia. The photo was taken on the 17th of January 2016 during a period of increased seismic activity.

Source:REYNOLD DEWANTARA

11. First Place Winner, Cities: Levels Of Reading, Stuttgart, Germany

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Natural light fills the modern interior of the city library in Stuttgart, Germany.

Source:NORBERT FRITZ

12. Third Place Winner, Nature: Crocodiles At Rio Tarcoles, Costa Rica

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American crocodiles gather along the bank of the Tarcoles River in Costa Rica.

Source:TARUN SINHA

13. Honorable Mention, People: The Man’s Stare, Gazipur, Bangladesh

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A pair of curious eyes look outside and an umbrella is opened when the train coming from Dhaka pauses at Tongi Railway Station in Gazipur, Bangladesh, on a rainy morning.

Source:MOIN AHMED

14. Second Place Winner, Nature: To Live, Oinukake, Miyagi, Japan

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Swans glide over the water in Kabukurinuma, Osaki, Japan, a protected wetland. Since many of Japan’s wetlands have been lost, this area has become a rare wintering place and a safe haven for birds.

Source:HIROMI KANO

15. People’s Choice Winner, People: Sand Porter, Munshiganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Sand porters carry loads on the bank of The river Dhaleswari in Munshiganj, Bangladesh.

Source:MD TANVEER HASSAN ROHAN

16. Honorable Mention, Nature: In Your Face, Cuba

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Caribbean reef sharks in the Gardens of the Queen – a remote marine area south of Cuba that has been under protection since the 1960s.

Source:SHANE GROSS

17. Honorable Mention, Cities: Colorful Apartment, Kitagata, Gifu, Japan

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An apartment complex in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

Source:TETSUYA HASHIMOTO

18. Honorable Mention, Cities: Al Ain, Al BuraymĪ, Muhafazat Al Buraymi, Oman

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New buildings rise from the desert floor near Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

Source:ANDRZEJ BOCHENSKI

19. Honorable Mention, People: Bridging Generation, New Delhi, Nct, India

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A father and son dressed in traditional white clothing sit at a mosque in New Delhi, India, under a blue sky on Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

20. Second Place Winner, Cities: Walled City #08, Hong Kong

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An areal shot of the densely packed buildings inside the walled city of Whampoa Garden, Hong Kong.

Source:ANDY YEUNG

21. Honorable Mention, People: Blessings At Besakih, Bali

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The Besakih Temple on the island of Bali on the slopes of Mount Agung, a sacred volcano. Known to locals as the “Mother Temple” for more than a thousand years, it consists of three major temples dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu.

Source:MICHAEL DEAN MORGAN
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