National Geographic Travel photography captures the awe-inspiring diversity of the world’s people, places and cultures. For the first time ever, National Geographic will name the grand prize-winner the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year and recognize the most compelling travel photography taken in the past two years.
“Our Travel Photographer of the Year program is a way to show that our readers are among the world’s best travelers and photographers,” said George Stone, editor in chief of National Geographic Travel. “We are passionate about visual storytelling and we hope that our contest will inspire our global audience to explore the planet and use photography to tell amazing stories.”
From the top:
Terraced Village in the Mist: Bornier captured this image in the early morning. It took him one week to get “the right mood of light and fog”. Location: Guizhou, China. Photo and caption by Thierry Bornier.
Mystic shed: A cold night on the top of this hill in Lapland, near the Russian border waiting for the dancing lights in the sky. All around, snow ghost are watching, standstill. Location: Lapland, Finland. Photo and caption by Pierre Destribats
Fascination Cherry blossoms like a Japanese painting:The smoke of the bonfire of old paper charms has brought a fantastic effect. Location: Minobu, Yamanashi, Japan. Photo and caption by Katsuyoshi Nakahara.
Moment of Impact: Two lions fighting in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. I photographed the lions with back-light to have the dust illuminated and show the action in this scene. The lions were actually play-fighting and gave some opportunity to photograph interaction. Location: the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Photo and caption by Jaco Marx.
The Wave: Long drive and long hike but it was truly worth to see this scenery. The shutter sound was echoing around. It was my pleasure to frame this moment. Location: Utah. Photo and caption by Kenji Yamamura.
On Guard: This picture was taken during Mt. Bromo eruption. The horse seems a little agitated due to the sound of the eruption. Location: Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia. Photo and caption by Reynold Dewantara.
Star Dune: This photo is shot shortly after sunrise at mesquite dunes. George Lucas has chosen this location for some scenes of Star Wars. The blue background is not the sky. These are mountains in the distance. Location: Death Valley, California. Photo and caption by Johannes Öhl.