This year's edition of National Geographic's popular Travel Photographer of the Year contest is now open, taking entries until June 30th

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017

Grand Prize winner, 2016. © Anthony Lau/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Winter
Horseman
The winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus twenty and lower with constant breeze of snow from all direction, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. Not until I saw Inner Mongolia horsemen showing off their skills in commanding their steeds from a distance did I quickly grabbed my telephoto lens and capture the moment when one of the horseman charged out from morning mist.

National Geographic is seeking entries into its popular Travel Photographer of the Year competition, now officially receiving submissions until June 30th, 12pm EDT.

This year, photographers are once again challenged to show off their most wanderlust-inducing shots from around the globe. On top of a $2,500 cash prize, the overall winner of the contest will net themselves a ten-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions as well as the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.

There’s a further $750 and $500 up for grabs for the second- and third-place prizewinners. All three winners will also receive a year’s subscription to National Geographic Traveller. In addition, all winning photos will appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017

Nature, First place, 2016. © Hiroki Inoue / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
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.

Since its inception in the 1890s, National Geographic has always considered itself a proponent of world photography, drawing on the best photographers to take readers around the world to places they might not have been themselves. The Travel Photographer of the Year contest is designed to elevate new talent, and showcase their images on National Geographic Travel’s influential platforms.

Writing about the competition, National Geographic editor-in-chief, George Stone, said: “Travel is about curiosity, and travel photography is about capturing and sharing that curiosity with the world. Our Travel Photographer of the Year contest surfaces extraordinary visions that inspire us all to get out and explore—with camera in hand.”

There are three categories open for entries: Nature, People and Cities. While there’s no limit on the number of images any one photographer can enter, there is a $15 fee per submission.

The grand prize, which is selected overall from the three categories, is a trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions. The winner will have the opportunity to snorkel with exotic fish, sea turtles, penguins and sea lions, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see rare giant tortoises and explore the pristine islands by kayak or glass-bottom boat.

Interested photographers can enter their shots now at www.natgeo.com/travelphotocontest.

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017

Cities, first place, 2016. © Takashi Nakagawa / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
Ben Youssef
Even though there were a lot of people in Ben Youssef, still here was more quiet and relaxing compare to the street outside in Marrakesh. I was waiting for the perfect timing to photograph for long time.

All images courtesy of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest & the photographer.