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National Geographic 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year Contest – Highlights

National Geographic invites photographers to submit photos for the opportunity to be named the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.

The grand-prize award winner will earn the prestigious title and also receive a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. The contest, which is open now, ends May 27, 2016, at 12 pm EDT.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelphotocontest to submit photographs in any or all of three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant.

Visit the official contest page for more information. 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.

 

Winding roads

National-Geographic-Travel-Photographer-of-the-Year-2016-1Photo and caption by Angiolo Manetti / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

In the Gorges du Dades there are some breathtaking bends between walls of rock. Location: Boumalne, Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco

 

La Fournaise Volcano

National-Geographic-Travel-Photographer-of-the-Year-2016-2Photo and caption by Gaby Barathieu / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

The last eruption of LA Fournaise Volcano. Réunion Island. Location: Saint-Denis, Reunion, Reunion

 

Wherever you go, I will follow you!!

National-Geographic-Travel-Photographer-of-the-Year-2016-3Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Romance is in the air. It was the time of day immediately following sunset. I heard a voice. “Wherever you go, I will follow you” the voice says. Location: Biei, Hokkaido, Japan

 

Face to Face

National-Geographic-Travel-Photographer-of-the-Year-2016-4Photo and caption by Ari Ross / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

A polar bear on Wahlenbergfjorden off of Svalbard. I was in a zodiac off shore when he sauntered down to the beach to sniff us out. Soon losing interest, he retreated for a nap and we left him in peace. Location: Haugen, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

 

Peaks & Penguins in Antarctic Sunrise

National-Geographic-Travel-Photographer-of-the-Year-2016-5Photo and caption by Shivesh R. / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Stunning peaks & thousands of King Penguins on South Georgia in soft early sunrise. The photography challenge was to resist shooting only Penguin close-ups (very tempting for sure) & step back occasionally to be equally amazed by the landscape in which they live. Special Bonus: It was 100 years to the month that Shackelton’s boat (Endurance) finally went under the Antarctic pack ice (Nov 1915), precipitating his epic traverse of South Georgia, before finding help at nearby Stromness (1916). Location: South Georgia

 

On the Top

National-Geographic-Travel-Photographer-of-the-Year-2016-6Photo and caption by Caroline Micaela Hauger / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

New York, Rio, Tokyo? We are on a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The day leaves, the night comes. But this coming city never sleeps. Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

 

Bond Between Friends

National-Geographic-Travel-Photographer-of-the-Year-2016-7Photo and caption by Aditya D. / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Shot in Sakrebailu Elephant Camp, Shimoga, India. This camp works towards rehabilitating rescued elephants from circuses and human animal conflict zones. The elephants are trained here by experienced Mahouts and forms a lasting bond between the two. Every morning these Mahouts get their elephants for a bath in the nearby river. This is also when people are allowed to interact with the elephants. Location: Shimoga, Karnataka, India

 

Lioness @ Sunset

National-Geographic-Travel-Photographer-of-the-Year-2016-8Photo and caption by Marja Schwartz / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Lioness (Panthera leo) at sunset, Vumbura Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa. Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

 

Early Morning on SKye

National-Geographic-Travel-Photographer-of-the-Year-2016-9Photo and caption by Andy Dines / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

An hours walk on a cold Winter’s morning was needed to get to this location. Looking back over the Trotternish Ridge from the Quirrang on the Isle of Skye is one of my favourite locations. Location: Flodigarry, Scotland, United Kingdom

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