Highlights from Nat Geo’s 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

12:36 PM by Saša Tošić
National Geographic invites photographers to submit photos for the opportunity to be named the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.

The grand-prize award winner will earn the prestigious title and also receive a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. The contest, which is open now, ends May 27, 2016, at 12 pm EDT.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelphotocontest to submit photographs in any or all of three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant.

Winding roads 

In the Gorges du Dades there are some breathtaking bends between walls of rock. Location: Boumalne, Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco



La Fournaise Volcano

The last eruption of LA Fournaise Volcano. Réunion Island. Location: Saint-Denis, Reunion, Reunion


Wherever you go, I will follow you!!

Romance is in the air. It was the time of day immediately following sunset. I heard a voice. “Wherever you go, I will follow you” the voice says. Location: Biei, Hokkaido, Japan



Face to Face

A polar bear on Wahlenbergfjorden off of Svalbard. I was in a zodiac off shore when he sauntered down to the beach to sniff us out. Soon losing interest, he retreated for a nap and we left him in peace. Location: Haugen, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan Mayen



Peaks & Penguins in Antarctic Sunrise

Stunning peaks & thousands of King Penguins on South Georgia in soft early sunrise. The photography challenge was to resist shooting only Penguin close-ups (very tempting for sure) & step back occasionally to be equally amazed by the landscape in which they live. Special Bonus: It was 100 years to the month that Shackelton’s boat (Endurance) finally went under the Antarctic pack ice (Nov 1915), precipitating his epic traverse of South Georgia, before finding help at nearby Stromness (1916). Location: South Georgia



Digital Panel of Hong Kong

 This amazing stacked architecture of Hong Kong shows the housing of its rather dense population. It’s visually striking to understand that your whole horizon is built from people’s lit windows. It shocks you that each life so big and important to the person himself and his close circle looks just like a tiny star in a huge sky next to millions of the same stars.

On the Top

New York, Rio, Tokyo? We are on a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The day leaves, the night comes. But this coming city never sleeps. Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam



Bond Between Friends

Shot in Sakrebailu Elephant Camp, Shimoga, India. This camp works towards rehabilitating rescued elephants from circuses and human animal conflict zones. The elephants are trained here by experienced Mahouts and forms a lasting bond between the two. Every morning these Mahouts get their elephants for a bath in the nearby river. This is also when people are allowed to interact with the elephants. Location: Shimoga, Karnataka, India



Lioness @ Sunset

Lioness (Panthera leo) at sunset, Vumbura Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa. Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa



Early Morning on SKye

An hours walk on a cold Winter’s morning was needed to get to this location. Looking back over the Trotternish Ridge from the Quirrang on the Isle of Skye is one of my favourite locations. Location: Flodigarry, Scotland, United Kingdom


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