National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest 2017
An image of a volcano struck by lightning has beaten photographs of crocodiles, dervishes and surfers to win this year's grand prize.
Sergio Tapiro Velasco / National Geographic
This image by Sergio Tapiro Velasco has won the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. He has been photographing Mexico's Colima volcano for more than a decade. To take this image, he carefully tracked increases in its activity. “When I looked on the camera display, all I could do was stare,” said Velasco. "It’s an impossible photograph and my once in a lifetime shot that shows the power of nature.”
Hiromi Kano / National Geographic
The winning image was selected from a shortlist of three categories: People, Cities and Nature. Hiromi Kano took second place in the Nature category with this image of swans mid-flight.
Tarun Sinha / National Geographic
Third place winner Tarun Sinha came across 35 crocodiles while crossing a bridge in Costa Rica. "I wanted to capture the stark difference between the crocodiles on land and in the water," he said. "In the murky waters, the body contours of these beasts remain hidden and one can only truly see their girth as they emerge from the river."
Clane Gessel / National Geographic
Clane Gessel's submission was taken in the marble caves, Torres del Paine, Magallanes, Chile, at the southern end of South America.
Yutaka Takafuji / National Geographic
A remote village near to Tamba, Japan, was the location for Yutaka Takafuji's firefly-speckled photograph of a path up to a shrine.
Norbert Fritz / National Geographic
Norbert Fritz won the Cities category with his image of the sparse interior of Stuttgart's city library. He said, "With its wide open space in the centre... it has a very unique atmosphere, where you can broaden your knowledge."
Andy Yeung / National Geographic
This aerial image of Hong Kong won Andy Yeung second place. It was inspired by the the Kowloon Walled City, a notoriously dense city that was demolished in the 1990s. "If you look hard enough, you will notice that the city is not dead," he said. "Part of it still exists.... I hope this series can get people to think about claustrophobic living in Hong Kong from a new perspective."
Misha De-Stroyev / National Geographic
Misha De-Stroyev captured this football pitch in Henningsvaer in the Lofoten Islands, Norway, from a height of 120m (394ft). Although the week before was rainy and cold, it cleared up enough on the day for him to be able to fly his drone and get this shot.
Tetsuya Hashimoto / National Geographic
The bright colours of this building in the Gifu Prefecture of Japan are what captured Tetsuya Hashimoto's eye. The picture won an honourable mention in the Cities category.
F Dilek Uyar / National Geographic
In this photograph which won first place in the People category, F Dilek Uyar captured a Whirling Dervish in the town of Sille, in Konya, Turkey.
Julius Y. / National Geographic
Second place was Julius Y's photograph, taken in front of Rembrandt's painting Syndics of the Drapers' Guild. By photographing the crowd in front of the painting, he said this, "gave the illusion that the people in the painting are also curiously watching the visitors".
Rodney Bursiel / National Geographic
This underwater image by Rodney Bursiel is of pro surfer Donavon Frankenreiter in Tavarua, Fiji. He said, "I'm always looking for new angles and perspectives. The usual surf shots have all been done so we decided to get a little creative. Makes you look twice."
Moin Ahmed / National Geographic
At Tongi railway station in Gazipur, Bangladesh, a man looks out of a rain-sodden train towards Moin Ahmed's camera. "Suddenly I found a pair of curious eyes were looking at me through the window," he said, "and on his left an umbrella provided protection from the rain."
Jobit George / National Geographic
Finally, at a mosque in New Delhi, India, a father and son sit outside on the day of Eid al-Fitr. Photographer Jobit George said, "The photo shows the beautiful bond which these two generations have been building up in a very simple and lovable manner."