Yahoo! News Photo Staff
The competition is already fierce in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest, now underway. National Geographic editors have pulled together some of their favorite entries so far from all three categories — Nature, People and Cities.
The event launched on April 10, and photographers of all levels are invited to submit their best shots to the annual competition. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, have his or her photo posted on the @NatGeoTravel Instagram account, and earn the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Entries must be submitted by May 31, 2018.
Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelphotocontest to submit their entries. National Geographic Travel will periodically highlight editors’ favorite photos in online galleries at natgeotravel.com/travelphotocontest.
Here’s a look at some of the stunning photos from around the globe submitted thus far by photographers:
Hiroki Inoue, Enrico Pescantini, Firdaus Hadzri, Tetsuya Nomura, Khai Chuin Sim, Mattia Passarini, Naresh Balaguru, Nitish Thakur, King Ho Antony Tang, Kelly Beckta.
“Nakameguro cherry blossoms – illuminated cherry blossoms at night were fantastic and beautiful.” (© Hiroki Inoue/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Teotihuacan means ‘the place where the gods were created’, and that’s the feeling once you visit this archeological site of Mexico. This pyramid, the third-largest of Earth, was dedicated to the god of sun, and its geometrical perfection can only inspire admiration for the civilization that build it. The grandeur of this behemoth is even greater compared with those tiny dots of humanity in the frame. Seemingly insignificant, but in the end also the makers of this wonder.”(© Enrico Pescantini/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“These Rajasthani sisters were sitting on the staircase inside their house relaxing and enjoy a cup of masala chai.” (© Firdaus Hadzri/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Explosions occurred and there was warm smoke. My camera lens became fog up.” (© Tetsuya Nomura/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Took an early ride out from the camp in Masai Mara national park, searching for the great migration, where I saw a rhino from far away standing beside a tree. The back lit from the early sun was too strong, so I took a silhouette instead.” (© Khai Chuin Sim/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
The Mundari tribe is a tribal group in south sudan that haven’t changed their lifestyles much in centuries. The Mundari are one of the most prominent cattle herding tribes. They are primarily transhumant pastoralists, moving their herds of cattle to riverine pastures during the dry season and back to permanent settlements in savanna forest during the rains. (© Mattia Passarini/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Just at the time of sunrise a storm approached the south rim and I almost packed my gears. But it cleared for a temporary period of time giving this amazing view from Powell Point. My first trip to this magnificent Landmark left me speechless while I was clicking this shot.” (© Naresh Balaguru/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Shepherds along with the herd dogs lead their flock of sheep and goats. This family was returning back after feasting on the lush meadows of Himalayas and moments later they all crossed Rupin Pass, to get back to their home. Most of the goats in the flock carry basic items shepherds need for their survival in this journey. The shepherd dogs are seen with a spiked collars around their necks, which is to give them a chance against an attack from the leopard or a bear.” (© Nitish Thakur/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“I arrived at Sol de Mañana Geysers in the early morning. The light condition was excellent during sun rising. Looking at the boiling mud pots and erupting geysers made me feel that I was back to the early earth about billion years ago. I was impressed with the spectacular landscape, gorgeous geothermal soil texture and amazing atmosphere. I am glad to have a chance to share this unforgettable moment with you all.” (© King Ho Antony Tang/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“This Cuban barber has a shop in the run down building he lives in. He has managed to hook up water and electricity and has a steady flow of clients. I couldn’t get enough of the atmosphere and visited the shop several times and each time was welcomed in with a smile.” (© Kelly Beckta/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest