NatGeo’s Travel Photography Contest


“Lioness, Panthera leo, at sunset in the Vumbura Concession.” Marja Schwartz
“Lioness, Panthera leo, at sunset in the Vumbura Concession.” Marja Schwartz
The entries for this year's National Geographic Travel Photo Competition will incite your wanderlust and have you dreaming of holidays.

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is accepting entries. Once again, the incredible images are calling us to each and every corner of the globe, inciting an unshakable wanderlust and engaging our thirst for exploration.

Here are some of our favourites so far.

Consider yourself a budding travel photographer? Entries are still open.

Timeless Lunch by Karen Morris-Lanz

Timeless Lunch
by Karen Morris-Lanz

“l was invited into the home of my guide and I stayed for lunch. This picture for me captures the comfortable relationship between the husband and wife and a thoughtful moment.”

Wherever You Go, I Will Follow You! By Hiroki Inoue

Wherever you will go I will follow you!
By Hiroki Inoue

“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.”

La Fournaise Volcano by Gaby Barathieu

La Fournaise Volcano
By Gaby Barathieu

“Another picture of the eruption of July 31, 2015. This time I made a tighter framing the eruptive cone and projections. The colour palette is extraordinary fumaroles. I attend a truly magical spectacle. I have only one desire is to be present at the next eruption. My website:”

Winding Roads by Angiolo Manetti

Winding Roads
By Angiolo Manetti

“In the Gorges du Dades there are some breathtaking bends between walls of rock”

God Shiva's Temple festival in Jejuri by Aashit Desai

God Shiva’s Temple festival in Jejuri
Aashit Desai

“Devotees carrying the palki, sedan chair, of Shiva. The Shiva’s Temple, known as Khandoba locally, is a very famous temple situated in the town of Jejuri, in Maharashtra, India. Every year on the day of Somvati Amavasya – a no moon day – thousands of devotees arrives at the temple. The festival’s main ritual is offering of turmeric powder by the devotees. Such large quantities of turmeric powder are used that all the devotees and the temple ground are covered in yellow colour of the turmeric.”

Eid ul Fitr Prayer by Sirsendu Gayen

Eid ul Fitr Prayer
By Sirsendy Gayen

“This is a general view of Eid ul Fitr Prayer at Alamgir Mosque in Varanasi, Uttarpradesh, India. Eid prayers, also known as Salat al-Eid and Salat al-Eidain , is the special prayer offered to commemorate two Islamic festivals.This image depicts the Hindu–Muslim brotherhood exploring the dynamics of communal relations in Varanasi-a holy city of the Hindus.”

Peaks & Penguins in Antarctic Sunrise by Shivesh R.

Peaks and Penguins in Antarctic Sunrise
By Shivesh Ram

“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).”

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By Naomi Singer

“A young gorilla I could watch all day. I got the feeling this cheeky youngster liked to feel his own independence by separating a little form the family group, however, I watched his eyes scouting for his mothers whereabouts every few seconds just to make sure she was in site. Nature at its finest.”

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Toucan in Domincal, Costa Rica
By Lenora Gates

“For 1 week I was up at dawn watching the toucans hop from 1 tree to the next by the balcony off of my room. Each morning there would be 10 – 12 toucans enjoying the berries of the palm tree, while I enjoyed my coffee, the tranquility and the beauty of these fantastic birds.”



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