Ten Highlights from Natural Geographic’s 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Various Artists/Photographers

National Geographic invites photographers to submit photos for the opportunity to be named the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.

(Winners and finalists will be posted later in 2016)

1. Winding roads

In the Gorges du Dades there are some breathtaking bends between walls of rock.
Location: Boumalne, Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco.

2. La Fournaise Volcano

The last eruption of LA Fournaise Volcano, Réunion Island.
Location: Saint-Denis, Reunion.

3. 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.
Location: Biei, Hokkaido, Japan.

4. Face to Face

A polar bear on Wahlenbergfjorden off of Svalbard. The photographer was in a Zodiac off shore when the bear sauntered down to the beach to sniff him out.
Soon losing interest, the bear retreated for a nap.

5. Peaks & Penguins in Antarctic Sunrise

Stunning peaks & thousands of King Penguins on South Georgia in soft early sunrise.

6. Digital Panel of Hong Kong

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.

7. On the Top

New York, Rio, Tokyo? We are on a rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The day leaves, the night comes. But this coming city never sleeps.

8.Bond Between Friends

Shot in Sakrebailu Elephant Camp, Shimoga, India. This camp works towards rehabilitating rescued elephants from circuses and human animal conflict zones. The elephants are trained here by experienced Mahouts and forms a lasting bond between the two. Every morning these Mahouts get their elephants for a bath in the nearby river. This is also when people are allowed to interact with the elephants.
Location: Shimoga, Karnataka, India.

9. Lioness @ Sunset

Lioness (Panthera leo) at sunset, Vumbura Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa.

10. Early Morning on Skye

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.
Location: Flodigarry, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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