Capturing everything from the eruption of a volcano on Réunion Island, a quiet family moment in China, and the winding path of a road in Morocco, the entrants for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest are sure to get travellers dreaming of their next trip.
National Geographic is inviting photographers to submit their images until 27 May. The winner will get the title of photographer of the year and will also receive a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, which is located on the banks of the Hudson Bay in Canada and is a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.
The National Geographic Travel competition recognizes the best travel photographer from 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 travellers and photographers,” said George Stone, editor in chief of National Geographic Travel in a statement. “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.”
If you need a little inspiration, a selection of entries have been released and it’s clear that photographers around the world have been on some truly amazing adventures.
One image from New York captures the power of Winter Storm Jonas as it hits the iconic Flatiron Building in Manhattan.
Another captures an overhead view of people praying at Alamgir Mosque in India.
A photograph from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam shows off the brilliant colours of a rooftop bar in the city.
Another image captures the last eruption of Piton de la Fournaise on Réunion Island, located in the Indian Ocean.
There’s still time for photographers to enter their photos at natgeo.com/travelphotocontest and submissions are accepted in the three categories of nature, people and cities.