National Geographic – 2018 Photographer Of The Year – Editors Picks – Week 1

Editors Picks – Week 1: Each year, photographers around the world send the ‘National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year’ contest gorgeous images that captivate and astonish. The competition is now open and accepting entries. The judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that inspire others to explore our world. The deadline to enter the 2018 edition is May 31. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000. Here are the 20 stunning photographs selected by the jury on week 1.

National Geographic   2018 Photographer Of The Year   Editors Picks   Week 1
Nakameguro Cherry Blossoms – Hiroki Inoue – Illuminated cherry blossoms at night were fantastic and beautiful.
National Geographic   2018 Photographer Of The Year   Editors Picks   Week 1
Rhino Silhouette – Khai Chuin Sim – Took an early ride out from the camp in Masai Mara national park, searching for the great migration, where I saw a rhino from far away standing beside a tree. The back lit from the early sun was too strong, so I took a silhouette instead.
National Geographic   2018 Photographer Of The Year   Editors Picks   Week 1
Grand Canyon Just After The Rain – Naresh Balaguru – Just at the time of sunrise a storm approached the south rim and I almost packed my gears. But it cleared for a temporary period of time giving this amazing view from Powell Point. My first trip to this magnificent Landmark left me speechless while I was clicking this shot.
National Geographic   2018 Photographer Of The Year   Editors Picks   Week 1
Lava Falls – Tetsuya Nomura – Lava falls into the sea. Explosions occurred and there was warm smoke. My camera lens became fog up.
National Geographic   2018 Photographer Of The Year   Editors Picks   Week 1
The Highly Tolerant Society – Hidetoshi Ogata – On a cold winter day, I captured the moment when mother monkeys formed a huddle after social grooming in Awaji Island. Japanese monkeys are generally considered to be despotic and aggressive, but they are building a social relationships with mutual benefits.

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