12 Spectacular Photographs of National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017
One of the most prestigious travel nature photography competitions just concluded and as usual the submissions for this year too were spectacular. Yes!! It was NatGeo’s The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the year contest 2017 and this year promises to deliver as every year does. The contest submissions closed on 30th June but the results were announced this week. Here are 12 of the best and most spectacular nature entries to show you the imaginative and brilliant standard of photography of the contest.
12 Green Gours Reflection, Ronald Frtiz
This is an incredible shot by photographer Ronald Frtiz taken of the reflection of green gours in the largest known cave system in the world, Hang Son Doong in Qanh Binh Province Vietnam. Top arrive at the cave, one needs to trek for two days to the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.
11 Underwater View of the Winter Lofoten, Sergey Lukanin
A magnificent photograph by Sergey Lukanin which cleverly combines a panorama of two views, one underwater and then again above the surface of Lofoten Norway. The Lofoten archipelago consists of a number of fishing villages which offer some spectacular scenery for nature photography.
10 Forest of the Fairy, Yutaka Takafuji
The photograph by Japanese photographer Yutaka Takafuji has won honorable mention. It was shot during the evening on a humid summer day in a remote forest near a village in the Tamba Area of Japan. The glowing princess fireflies make the photograph appear magical.
9 Buff Tailed Coronet, Hymakar Valluri
A spur of the moment shot of a Buff tailed Coronet. This is a species of Hummingbird which the photographer found himself surrounded by when he traveled to the high altitude town of Papallacta in the Ecuador rainforests.
8 The March, Torrey Hilley
Photographer Tori Hilley was surprised by this pride of lions which she suddenly found marching towards her. The photographer was on a nature shoot on safari in Zambia. The tall grass revealed nothing until that magic moment.
7 Mount Bromo, Indonesia, Reynold Riksa Dewantara
Another photograph that has won honorable mention, this is of the active volcano Mount Bromo in Java Indonesia. The photograph was shot in early 2016 during the time the photographer happened to be present at a period of increased seismic activity which triggered a high status alert.
6 First Dive, Matthew Smith
This is another spur of the moment shot where a young Hawksbill turtle was captured ducking under its first wave just minutes after it hatched. Unfortunately, there are several odds of survival and the turtle will really have to struggle tirelessly if it has to make it.
5 Wings toward the Sun, Scott Summers
This looks more like a subtle Chinese painting. The photograph is of a swamp taken during the late hours of a spring morning where geese usually gather at the lake. The ethereal glow was captured by the sun peaking over the trees and shining through a fog that had enveloped the area.
4 Solidified Lava Vs Forest, Placido Faranda
A fantastic overhead photograph showing the stark comparison of two areas, one blanketed with thick forest and another engulfed in solidified lava. The location is Sicily and the lava is the remnants of an eruption from Mt Etna in 2002. Incidentally, the eruption also featured into the landscape of the planet Mustafar in Star Wars, Episode III, 2005.
3 Third Place winner Crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles by Tarun Sinha
This incredible photo was taken by Indian photographer Tarun Sinha winning him third place in National Geographic travel photographer of 2017. It was captured at Costa Rica when he was travelling from Monteverde to Playa Hermosa. When crossing the river one can see up to 35 crocodiles enjoying the muddy water or basking on the banks of the river.
2 Second Place Winner, To Live, Hiromi Kano
A Poetry in motion style shot by photographer Hiromi Kano. The photograph depicts swans gliding over the waters of in Kabukurinuma, Osaki, Japan which is a protected wetland area. The location is a rare winter migratory places for the bird which is possibly the last paradise for them.
1 Grand Winner, the Power of Nature, Sergio Tapiro Velasco
The grand winner and the National Geographic travel photographer of the year who wins a ten day trip for two to the Galapagos Archipelago with National Geographic expeditions. This is a mesmerizing shot of a powerful eruption at Mt Colima, an active volcano in Mexico. The photograph was taken on December 13, 2015 when the photographer was in the town of Comala when he noticed the eruption and started shooting. He described it as the most exciting moment of his life.