PICS: People of the world as seen through the lens

2017-05-16 16:30 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - This year's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest has kicked off, showing some of the most breathtaking photos of the world we live in. 

Classified under either the Nature, People and Cities category, the snapshots tell a story about the state of our being... whether it is with environmental issues, socio-economic issues or the diverse cultures we admire about one another. 

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The NatGeo editors have pulled together some of their favourite entries from the “People” category, showing the incredible world we live in through the eyes of photographers and in the eyes and movements of their subjects.

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." 

The contest, NatGeo says, is designed to elevate new talent, and showcase their captivating images on National Geographic Travel’s influential platforms. 

Check it out - 


Hua Zhu / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
"Old and Young"
This photo was taken in a small village in Wuyuan, China. It estimates that there are about 250 million countryside people living in the big cities. Many young people are making money in the cities, leaving their parents and kids at their hometown.


Pradeep Raja / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
"Ramadan Prayers"
This is shot of women praying inside Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, which is the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia during the month of Ramadan.


Lorraine Yip / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
"Retro Ride"
Travelling through Cuba in a vintage 1950 Chevrolet with a  speedometer which no longer works. We were passing by the city of Camagey known for its winding streets. The modern American Hawaiian hula figure and yellow taxi cab sign on the dashboard adds to the time travel-esque element of the classic Chevrolet, set against the backdrop of an old and perhaps dilapidated , but not forgotten, Cuba.


Yogesh Gupta / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
"Holy Bath"
Yamuna river is most polluted when it flows in Delhi, its too muddy and full of filth. Yamuna is second most sacred river after Ganga. People took holy bath in as they feel its very sacred. Numbers of Siberian Sea Gull comes here in winter. They give the place a new dimension for few months. Here a local man took his daily bath in Yamuna river.

You can see a gallery of some of the best photos in the People category on the contest here: NatGeo's Travel Photographer of the Year's favourite People entries

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. 

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

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. 

As grand prize, the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest offers a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions, as well as the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year for 2017. 

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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