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2017 National Geographic Photographer Of The Year Winners Announced

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The winners of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year have been announced, with Sergio Tapiro Velasco winning the top prize. His incredible shot of a lightning bolt flashing atop the Colima Volcano in Mexico was a worthy winner of the competition. The awards and mentions are defined across three categories; Nature, People, and Cities. Here are a collection of the best, but you can see all the other nominations over at the National Geographic website.

Grand Prize, and Nature, 1st place. Photo and caption by Sergio Tapiro Velasco. The power of nature. “Powerful eruption of Colima Volcano in Mexico on December 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, friction of ash particles generated a big lightning of about 600 meters that connected ash and volcano, and illuminated most of the dark scene. On last part of 2015, this volcano showed a lot of eruptive activity with ash explosions that raised 2-3 km above the crater. Most of night explosions produced incandescent rock falls and lightning not bigger than 100 meters in average.”

 

Nature, 2nd place. Photo and caption by Hiromi Kano. To live. “Swans who live vigorous even in mud.”

 

Nature, 3rd place. Photo and caption by Tarun Sinha. Crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles. “This image was captured in Costa Rica when I was traveling from Monteverde to Playa Hermosa. As you cross over this river, you can stop and peer over the edge of the bridge. Below, reside over 35 gigantic crocodiles, relaxing on the muddy banks of the river. I wanted to capture the stark difference between the crocodiles on land and in the water. In the murky waters, the body contours of these beasts remain hidden, and one can only truly see their girth as they emerge from the river.”

 

People, 1st place. Photo and caption by F. Dilek Uyar Worship. Whirling Dervish in an historical place of Sille Konya, Turkey. “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.”

 

People, 2nd place. Photo and caption by Julius Y. Interesting moment. “A crowd of spectators stands in front of Rembrandt’s masterpiece, Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild, at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.”

 

People, 3rd place. Photo and caption by Rodney BursielUnder The Wave. “I recently traveled 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. Makes you look twice.”

 

Cities, 1st place. Photo and caption by Norbert Fritz. Levels of Reading. “Natural light fills the modern interior of the city library in Stuttgart, Germany. With its stark white floors, open spaces, and large windows, it provides a unique atmosphere to broaden your knowledge.”

 

Cities, 2nd place. Photo and caption by Andy Yeung. Walled City #08. “The Kowloon Walled City was the densest place on Earth. Hundreds of houses stacked on top of each other enclosed in the center of the structure. Many didn’t have access to open space. This notorious city was finally demolished in 1990s. However, if you look hard enough, you will notice that the city is not dead. Part of it still exists in many of current high density housing apartments. I hope this series can get people to think about claustrophobic living in Hong Kong from a new perspective.”

 

Cities, 3rd place. Photo and caption by Misha De-Stroyev. Henningsvær Football Field. “This football field in Henningsvær in the Lofoten Islands is considered one of the most amazing fields in Europe, and maybe even in the world. The photo was taken during a 10-day sailing trip in Norway in June 2017. We arrived to Henningsvær after a week of sailing through the cold and rainy weather. Upon our arrival, the weather cleared up. I was really lucky that the conditions were suitable for flying my drone, and I managed to capture this shot from a height of 120 meters.”