The National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest 2017

National Geographic just announced the winners and honorable mentions of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. The dramatic winning photo of a lightning bolt flashing atop the Colima Volcano in Mexico was captured by Sergio Tapiro Velasco. The awards and honorable mentions are defined across three categories: Nature, People, and Cities. Collected here are 10 of our favorites images, but can you see the rest on National Geographic (link below).

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017
Grand Prize Winner: The Power Of Nature, Rancho De Aguirre, Colima, Mexico: ‘A powerful eruption illuminates the slopes of Mexico’s Colima Volcano on December 13, 2015. I was in the town of Comala when I suddenly saw incandescence above the volcano’s crater and started shooting. Seconds later, a powerful volcanic explosion expelled a cloud of ash particles and a massive lightning bolt illuminated most of the dark scene. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life’.

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017

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