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Get Inspired By The National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest

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1 of 20|Lioness @ Sunset by Marja Schwartz|Lioness (Panthera leo) at sunset, Vumbura Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa.
2 of 20|Blue Heaven by Hidenobu Suzuki|When the views of the world was a beautiful color, people would be very happy. We pleased to be alive. It is the spring of superb view. All is blue world.
3 of 20|BEAST by James Smart|Amazing supercell produces over the town of Blackhawk, South Dakota back on June 1st 2015. Flash flooding would occur near Rapid City.
4 of 20|Eid ul Fitr Prayer by Sirsendu 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.
5 of 20|The Spaceship by Massimo Rumi|Last December i sailed to Antarctica on a 54 feet long-haul steel vessel . As we entered the Polar Zone this was one of the first icebergs we saw. Sculpted by the wind and waves, majestic in scale and with a dazzling white colour with layers of deep blue. The sun makes a quick appearance through a hole in the clouds, just in time for this shot.
6 of 20|Fascination by Katsuyoshi Nakahara|Cherry blossoms like a Japanese painting. The smoke of the bonfire of old paper charms has brought a fantastic effect.
7 of 20|Early Morning on Skye by Andy Dines|An hours walk on a cold Winter's morning was needed to get to this location. Looking back over the Trotternish Ridge from the Quirrang on the Isle of Skye is one of my favourite locations.
8 of 20|Impala at Sunrise by Kellie Netherwood|Impala silhouetted as the sun rises in the Masai Mara, Kenya.
9 of 20|Blizzard in the Swiss Mountains by Julia Wimmerlin|A Swiss "snowzilla" covered Switzerland on a week-end in March leaving 60 cm of snow in 24h. But for the beauty it brought, it was worth being wet and cold in the deep forest. Landwasser viaduct, Grissons, Switzerland
10 of 20|Mystic Shed by Pierre Destribats|A cold night on the top of this hill in Lapland, near the Russian border waiting for the dancing lights in the sky. All around, snow ghost are watching, standstill.
11 of 20|Wherever you 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.
12 of 20|Ballet Dancer by Hiroshi Tanita|When a Japanese larch's twig was exposed to illumination, looked like hands and feet. it was like the ballet dancer.
13 of 20|Cool Trains by Jassen T.|Cool trains - Houston, Texas, Aerial Image.
14 of 20|The Intersection by Phillip Minnis|This Dubai night scene was captured from the 42nd floor observation deck of the Shangri-La Hotel. In recent years, I've seen many photographs of this scene, and I really wanted to attempt to capture it myself. Consequently, I spent a good deal of time in Google Maps trying to work out the best vantage point to do that. I concluded that the Shangri-La Hotel was it! So, I spent two nights there - this is one of five shots that I'm happy with - my first real attempt at night photography.
15 of 20|Jonas Blizzard and the Flatiron Building by Michele Palazzo|While walking through the Jonas Winter Storm that swept across the East Coast last week, I captured this shot of the Flatiron Building against a backdrop of swirling snow. With the exception of a few minor details like logos and a food cart, the image looks like an impressionist right out of another another century. The cloudy atmosphere and gusty winds creates patterns that appear uncannily like brush strokes. Took this photo with a little amazing camera: Ricoh GR.
16 of 20|Farming The Sea by Tugo Cheng|A fisherman is farming the sea in between the bamboo rods constructed for aquaculture off the coast in southern China.
17 of 20|Winding Roads by Angiolo Manetti|In the Gorges du Dades there are some breathtaking bends between walls of rock.
18 of 20|La Fournaise Volcano by Gaby Barathieu|The last eruption of LA Fournaise Volcano. Réunion Island.
19 of 20|Tree of Life by Jassen T.|Incredibly beautiful and extremely remote. Koehn Lake, Mojave Desert, California. Aerial Image (shot from a plane at approximately 1,500 feet above the ground).
20 of 20|Digital Panel of Hong Kong by Julia Wimmerlin|This amazing stacked architecture of Hong Kong shows the housing of its rather dense population. It's visually striking to understand that your whole horizon is built from people's lit windows. It shocks you that each life so big and important to the person himself and his close circle looks just like a tiny star in a huge sky next to millions of the same stars.

From a volcanic eruption, to a mosque in prayer, to a lioness at sunset, the entries for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest are guaranteed to fan the flames of your wanderlust.

The competition recognises 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.”

Nat Geo is accepting images until May 27. The winner will be crowned Photographer Of The Year and receive a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, located on the banks of the Hudson Bay in Canada. Take a look at some of the incredible entries with captions from the photographers above. The full list can be viewed here.

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