PICS: NatGeo Travel Photographer of the Year contest launches with these incredible shots

2017-05-03 12:09 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - In need of a breakaway far, far away? How does a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions sound? 

If you're a photographer - professional or amateur - this adventure might be yours... 

The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest has officially launched its 2017 competition, inviting photographers of all levels to submit their most wanderlust-inducing shots to the annual competition. 

The grand-prize winner will not only receive the ten-day trip to the Galápagos but will also hold the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year for 2017. 

Additionally, the winner and travelling partner will have the opportunity to snorkel with exotic fish, sea turtles, penguins and sea lions, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see rare giant tortoises and explore the pristine islands by kayak or glass-bottom boat. Yes please! 

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The NatGeo Travel Photographer of the Year Contest contest is open now and entries must be submitted by 30 June 2017.

The Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is designed to elevate new talent, and showcase their captivating images on National Geographic Travel’s influential platforms. And after less than one month of this year's competition opening, photographers are already leaving us awe-struck with their work...  


Manish Mamtani / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
'A drive to remember'
Aerial view of the Scenic drive and the beautiful Fall colors of New Hampshire. I used a drone to capture the fall colors that cannot be seen from the road.


 Hidetoshi Ogata / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
'Little Eyewitness'
"Little Eyewitness" was taken in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Japan on December, 2016. On a cold winter's day, monkeys have several ways to keep off the cold. For example, in order to keep them warm, they have a soak in a hot spring, take a bedrock bath or huddle together, etc. While monkeys were huddling together, I approached them with the stealthy footsteps. Then I photographed them from directly above at the moment when a little monkey nestled in mother's arms looked to the camera.


 Marc Henauer / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
'Swallows Cave'
A freediver swim in the deep of "swallows cave" in Tonga. This cave is settled by more than few thousand fish. They offer you a spectacular ballet when you dive inside. The contrast between the dark of the bottom and the light of the top make bright the fishes like stars.

According to George Stone, editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine, “Travel is about curiosity, and travel photography is about capturing and sharing that curiosity with the world." 

How to enter? 

Eligible contestants can visit the NatGeo Photo Contest page online to submit their best photos in any or all of the three categories, namely Nature, People and Cities. 

The entry fee is $15 (R200) per photo and there is no limit to the number of photos an entrant can submit. 

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In each category, National Geographic Travel will award first-, second- and third-place cash prizes of $2500 (more than R33 000), $750 (more than R10 000) and $500 (more than R6 600) respectively. 

All winners will also receive a year-long subscription to National Geographic Traveler magazine. In addition, all winning photos will appear in an upcoming issue of National Geographic Traveler as well as in an online feature.


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