< 2016 National Geographic “Travel Photographer of the Year” Contest

2016 National Geographic “Travel Photographer of the Year” Contest

 
The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is currently taking submissions, with entries for the prestigious competition accepted until May 27, 2016. Here we were able to share some of the spectacular early submissions, images that range from lonely snow covered hills to jam-packed metropolises without room for green space. The grand prize winner of the contest will receive a seven-day Polar Bear Safari for two in Churchill, Canada.

 


"An Evening in Dubai" Photo and caption by Mohsin Abrar    Dubai - A city made out of undaunted vision and sheer passion.... from a desert to the most revered city around the globe

“An Evening in Dubai”
Photo and caption by Mohsin Abrar
Dubai – A city made out of undaunted vision and sheer passion….
from a desert to the most revered city around the globe


"Blizzard in the Swiss mountains" Photo and caption by Julia Wimmerlin    A Swiss "snowzilla" covered Switzerland on a week-end in March leaving 60 cm of snow in 24h. But for the beauty it brought, it was worth being wet and cold in the deep forest. Landwasser viaduct, Grissons, Switzerland

“Blizzard in the Swiss mountains”
Photo and caption by Julia Wimmerlin
A Swiss “snowzilla” covered Switzerland on a week-end in March leaving 60 cm of snow in 24h. But for the beauty it brought, it was worth being wet and cold in the deep forest. Landwasser viaduct, Grissons, Switzerland


Jonas Blizzard and the Flatiron Building Photo and caption by Michele Palazzo    While walking through the Jonas Winter Storm that swept across the East Coast last week, I captured this shot of the Flatiron Building against a backdrop of swirling snow. With the exception of a few minor details like logos and a food cart, the image looks like an impressionist right out of another another century. The cloudy atmosphere and gusty winds creates patterns that appear uncannily like brush strokes. Took this photo with a little amazing camera: Ricoh GR

Jonas Blizzard and the Flatiron Building
Photo and caption by Michele Palazzo
While walking through the Jonas Winter Storm that swept across the East Coast last week, I captured this shot of the Flatiron Building against a backdrop of swirling snow. With the exception of a few minor details like logos and a food cart, the image looks like an impressionist right out of another another century. The cloudy atmosphere and gusty winds creates patterns that appear uncannily like brush strokes. Took this photo with a little amazing camera: Ricoh GR


God Shiva's Temple festival in Jejuri. Photo and caption by Aashit Desai Devotees carrying the palki, sedan chair, of Shiva. The Shiva's Temple, known as Khandoba locally, is a very famous temple situated in the town of Jejuri, in Maharashtra, India. Every year on the day of Somvati Amavasya - a no moon day - thousands of devotees arrives at the temple. The festival's main ritual is offering of turmeric powder by the devotees. Such large quantities of turmeric powder are used that all the devotees and the temple ground are covered in yellow colour of the turmeric.

“God Shiva’s Temple festival in Jejuri.”
Photo and caption by Aashit Desai
Devotees carrying the palki, sedan chair, of Shiva. The Shiva’s Temple, known as Khandoba locally, is a very famous temple situated in the town of Jejuri, in Maharashtra, India. Every year on the day of Somvati Amavasya – a no moon day – thousands of devotees arrives at the temple. The festival’s main ritual is offering of turmeric powder by the devotees. Such large quantities of turmeric powder are used that all the devotees and the temple ground are covered in yellow colour of the turmeric.


"Star Dune" Photo and caption by Johannes Öhl    This photo is shot shortly after sunrise at mesquite dunes. George Lucas has chosen this location for some scenes of Star Wars The blue background is not the sky. This are mountains in the distance. Please visit my photo portfolio at www.jZoom.de

“Star Dune”
Photo and caption by Johannes Öhl
This photo is shot shortly after sunrise at mesquite dunes. George Lucas has chosen this location for some scenes of Star Wars The blue background is not the sky. This are mountains in the distance. Please visit my photo portfolio at www.jZoom.de


"The Snow Tree" Photo and caption by Yvonne Baur    During a snow storm I decided to head over to Bryce Canyon NP and enjoy the freshly fallen snow. Visibility was down to almost zero, but then I found this single tree right next to a snow drift and knew this would be my shot.

“The Snow Tree”
Photo and caption by Yvonne Baur
During a snow storm I decided to head over to Bryce Canyon NP and enjoy the freshly fallen snow. Visibility was down to almost zero, but then I found this single tree right next to a snow drift and knew this would be my shot.


'Tree of Life" Photo and caption by Jassen T.    Incredibly beautiful and extremely remote. Koehn Lake, Mojave Desert, California. Aerial Image (shot from a plane at approximately 1,500 feet above the ground).

‘Tree of Life”
Photo and caption by Jassen T.
Incredibly beautiful and extremely remote. Koehn Lake, Mojave Desert, California. Aerial Image (shot from a plane at approximately 1,500 feet above the ground).


"family ties" Photo and caption by Takeshi Marumoto    Nagano, Japan

“family ties”
Photo and caption by Takeshi Marumoto
Nagano, Japan


"Digital panel of Hong Kong" Photo and caption 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.

“Digital panel of Hong Kong”
Photo and caption 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.


"La Fournaise volcano" Photo and caption by Gaby Barathieu    The last eruption of LA Fournaise Volcano. Réunion Island www.rup.re

“La Fournaise volcano”
Photo and caption by Gaby Barathieu
The last eruption of LA Fournaise Volcano. Réunion Island www.rup.re


Balanced Rock, Utah Photo and caption by Manish Mamtani    Balanced Rock and lone tree in Arches National Park.

Balanced Rock, Utah
Photo and caption by Manish Mamtani
Balanced Rock and lone tree in Arches National Park.


"On Guard" Photo and caption by Reynold Dewantara    This picture was taken during Mt. Bromo eruption, the horse seems a little agitated due to the sound of the eruption.

“On Guard”
Photo and caption by Reynold Dewantara
This picture was taken during Mt. Bromo eruption, the horse seems a little agitated due to the sound of the eruption.


"Powered Sight" Photo and caption by Christoph Schaarschmidt    I had heard a lot about how beautiful Uluru should look like when it rains. But I never believed that I would see it with my own eyes because the red center of Australia is a very arid area. That's one of the reasons why Uluru is such a special place for the Anangu - the local aboriginal clan. If it rains, the water fills up the reservoirs around the rock, the only water source for several kilometers. This makes the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park to special place for lots of rare animals as well

“Powered Sight”
Photo and caption by Christoph Schaarschmidt
I had heard a lot about how beautiful Uluru should look like when it rains. But I never believed that I would see it with my own eyes because the red center of Australia is a very arid area. That’s one of the reasons why Uluru is such a special place for the Anangu – the local aboriginal clan. If it rains, the water fills up the reservoirs around the rock, the only water source for several kilometers. This makes the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park to special place for lots of rare animals as well


Above the Foggy Lineup Photo and caption by Toby Harriman    Another favorite unique aerial shot I have of the Golden Gate Bridge. This time I was graced with some of the most beautiful sunrise fog I have ever seen. This was a morning I will remember for a long time.

Above the Foggy Lineup
Photo and caption by Toby Harriman
Another favorite unique aerial shot I have of the Golden Gate Bridge. This time I was graced with some of the most beautiful sunrise fog I have ever seen. This was a morning I will remember for a long time.


"I am not Superman" Photo and caption by Achmad Sumawijaya    A jockey try hard to handle 2 cows not to split each others and keep running on the track of runway. Pacu Jawi, or cows race, become traditional moments after harvest time in West Sumatera, Indonesia.

“I am not Superman”
Photo and caption by Achmad Sumawijaya
A jockey try hard to handle 2 cows not to split each others and keep running on the track of runway. Pacu Jawi, or cows race, become traditional moments after harvest time in West Sumatera, Indonesia.


"Golden sunrise" Photo and caption by Giovanni Modesti    A beautiful sunrise in Tuscany

“Golden sunrise”
Photo and caption by Giovanni Modesti
A beautiful sunrise in Tuscany


'Mist over the City" Photo and caption by Liz Leung    A sea of mist moves in the the city as the city wakes up for the night.

‘Mist over the City”
Photo and caption by Liz Leung
A sea of mist moves in the the city as the city wakes up for the night.


"The Spaceship" Photo and caption by Massimo Rumi    Last December i sailed to Antarctica on a 54 feet long-haul steel vessel . As we entered the Polar Zone this was one of the first icebergs we saw. Sculpted by the wind and waves, majestic in scale and with a dazzling white colour with layers of deep blue. The sun makes a quick appearance through a hole in the clouds, just in time for this shot.

“The Spaceship”
Photo and caption by Massimo Rumi
Last December i sailed to Antarctica on a 54 feet long-haul steel vessel . As we entered the Polar Zone this was one of the first icebergs we saw. Sculpted by the wind and waves, majestic in scale and with a dazzling white colour with layers of deep blue. The sun makes a quick appearance through a hole in the clouds, just in time for this shot.

 


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