These Stunning Photos From NatGeo’s Travel Photography Contest Will Inspire You To Travel Too

05 May 2016
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On The Top Of The World by Boukhechina Malik: "A magical, powerful instant seen from the top of Sonchaux (CH), a day when the clouds were particularly low."

Travel photographers do a beautiful thing: they capture the inspiring mix of new landscapes, cultures, and history.

The National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year contest 2016 is in full swing, but we say everyone wins.

From glittering cityscapes to nature in its fullest glory, and from wildlife in action to eyes that speak more words ever can, these photos are jaw-droppingly inspiring and we can’t stop browsing!


Moment of Impact by Jaco Marx

“Two lions fighting in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. I photographed the lions with back-light to have the dust illuminated and show the action in this scene. The lions were actually play-fighting and gave some opportunity to photograph interaction.”


Sakura by Sumit Kar

“While returning home after viewing the sunset over Mt. Fuji during the sakura cherry blossom season in Japan, I happened to capture this family capturing their own magical moment with the flowers.”


Mitsy at Cemoro Lawang by Achmad Sumawijaya

“Misty morning, in Cemoro lawang village in Mount Bromo East Java, I [took] this picture from Pananjakan Hills II.”


La Fournaise Volcano by Gaby Barathieu

“The last eruption of La Fournaise Volcano. Réunion Island”


Radha by Tierney Farrell

“This is Radha, a beautiful young woman that lives in a rag picking community in Jaipur. Millions of people in India make a living rag picking by collecting and reselling trash and plastics. The living conditions are extremely poor and unsanitary as they live amongst the trash they collect. Despite the poor environment, women are dignified and wear bright and beautiful clothing and care for their growing families. Sadly, shortly after this photo was taken, her husband died of illness.”


Family Ties by Takeshi Marumoto


Ballet Dancer by Hiroshi Tanita

“When a Japanese larch’s twig was exposed to illumination, looked like hands and feet. It was like the ballet dancer.”


Peaks & Penguins in Antarctic Sunrise by Shivesh Ram

“Stunning peaks & thousands of King Penguins on South Georgia in soft early sunrise.”


Digital Panel of Hong Kong by Julia Wimmerlin

“This amazing stacked architecture of Hong Kong shows the housing of its rather dense population. It’s visually striking to understand that your whole horizon is built from people’s lit windows. It shocks you that each life so big and important to the person himself and his close circle looks just like a tiny star in a huge sky next to millions of the same stars.”


Together Till The End of The Day by Marco Tagliarino

“[Women coming back home] after a long day spent on working in the Shan State’s fields. So many smiles… Unbelievable”


The Sacred Waters by Fabrice Guerin

“A diver explores a cave in the sacred waters of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and discovers a place illuminated by the sun: a diving in Maya history.”


Entries are well into the thousands, and if you’re up for a challenge, pack your passport and camera – the contest is still accepting submissions until 27 May. 


By Pinky Chng, May 2016


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