9 Incredible images showcasing the best of NatGeo's 2019 travel photo contest

2019-04-24 12:00 -
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Each year National Geographic inspires the adventurer and explorer within. The iconic publication has become synonymous with Travel photography par excellence.

And this year's Travel Photography competition is no different as the entries clearly show. With less than two weeks to enter, the search is on for images that optimally share the world around us.

"It's people, places, and cultures. Photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that reveal what inspires you. Harness the power of photography and share your stunning travel experiences from around the globe."

The National Geographic Travel Photo Contest is accepting entries from March 18 through May 3. 

Here are our top nine pics across the three categories of the latest entries submitted: 

SEE: #NatGeo100contest celebrates Africa with this winning pic of wildebeest and zebras crossing a river 

CITIES:

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FLORENT SERFATI - 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTEST

The Arrow of Notre Dame: The flaming Arrow had just fallen onto the structure below, creating an explosion.

in chinatown, The varied lights from windows and s

FIRDAUS LATIF - 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTEST

Visitors are seen walking on the 272 stairs leading up to Malaysia Batu Caves and temple in Kuala Lumpur. The Batu Caves are home to 13 Hindu temples and received a major makeover in August 2018. The 272 steps leading up to the caves were painted a rainbow of colors,as part of site-wide renovation project.

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JACK LOUGHRAN - 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTEST

In Chinatown the varied lights from windows and signs create a frame of complementary colors that surround a man pushing his bike through the snow 

NATURE: 


in chinatown, The varied lights from windows and s

BRIAN LARROSA - 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTEST

Instead of taking the bus tour to the Rainbow Mountain, I camped the night before, about an hour and a half away, to be the first up at sunrise. That morning was full of fog, and when I arrived, I could barely see the seven-color mountain. I waited an hour for the fog to clear, but it didn't. On my way down, I passed this lovely alpaca couple wearing the Aymara culture colors—which made the wait worth it. 


in chinatown, The varied lights from windows and s

RACHEL STEWART - 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTEST

My best friend was surrounded by a school of blue mao mao fish as she took photos from above and I took photos from outside the seacave. We were lucky enough to visit this marine reserve off the east coast of New Zealand in April 2019. With numerous caves, tunnels and an abundance of marine life, the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is a haven for many underwater species. It’s also a popular spot for divers. A reminder that more protection of our ocean is needed.

PEOPLE

in chinatown, The varied lights from windows and s

LÉO KWOK - 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTEST

It was the first full moon night in the Chinese lunar year, symbolizing unity and perfection. People in Meizhou performed a fire dragon dance that showered molten iron, spewing from fireworks—sparks to celebrate the Lantern Festival. This celebration has been performed since the Qing Dynasty and is designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage 

in chinatown, The varied lights from windows and s

MUN KHEAN WONG - 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTEST

I waited for the man to pass between us, while he took his smoke break in Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam.

in chinatown, The varied lights from windows and s

KRISTYN TAYLOR - 2019 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVEL PHOTO CONTEST

As the sun set, a group of Bulgarian Kukeri gathered on the hill above their village. This ancient pagan festival is still very activein the villages of Bulgaria, with all members of the community getting involved.


CHECK OUT THE WINNERS FROM LAST YEAR: 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year

What you need to know if you enter: 

The grand prize winner will pocket $7 500 and a post on National Geographic's travel Instagram account - which means an avalanche of followers and cash for more travels!

In addition, a first, second and third place winner will be chosen from each category, and the winning photographs will also feature on the account. They will each win $2 500, $1 500 and $750 in order. 

The nitty gritty:

  • Entries start at $10 per entry and will increase $5 per week after 24 March.
  • All entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically.
  • The contest will end on 3 May at 18:00 SA time, and the winner will be announced in June.
  • There is no limit to how many entries you want to submit.
  • You can submit your photos at the contest website.

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