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The beauty of cities captured in a moment - The best National Geographic photos of 2016

Here are 10 photographs in the running for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest

BILLIONS OF PEOPLE live in busy cities around the world, yet many never stop to take a look at the beauty that surrounds them.

The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the year contest is underway, and they are asking readers to enter their photographs that capture the world’s people, places and cultures.

Entries for the competition are being accepted until 27 May.

The winner will receive a seven-day polar bear photo safari for two at Churchill Wild –Seal River Heritage lodge in Canada, one of National Geographic’s unique lodges of the world.

Here are 10 photographs of places around the world that are in the running for the contest so far.

Above the Foggy Lineup

Above the Foggy Lineup Source: Toby Harriman/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer: Toby Harrington,

“Another favorite unique aerial shot I have of the Golden Gate Bridge. This time I was graced with some of the most beautiful sunrise fog I have ever seen. This was a morning I will remember for a long time.”

Location: Fort Winfield Scott, California, United States

Facades of old houses in Sidhpur

Facades of old houses in Sidhpur. Source: Aashit Desai/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer: Aashit Desai,

“The 19th and early 20th century Dawoodi Bohra neighbourhoods, or Bohrawads, of Sidhpur, Gujarat, have a strong European architectural character to it. Built by the Dawoodi Bohras, a Shia Muslim trading community from Gujarat, they have a very distinct history and identity.

“The residences are rows of narrow, deep houses, about three to four stories high. Their houses in Sidhpur have a strong European character with gabled roofs, ornate balconies, pilasters, columns and decorated doors and window.”

Location Siddhapur, Gujarat, India

Yemeni fortress

Yemeni fortress. Source: Paul Nevin/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photgrapher: Paul Nevin,

“With my police escort I had arrived at my lodgings on dusk, perched on the edge of a massive escarpment in Wadi Dohan. In the fading light and on the valley floor I could see this fortress-like village. Having imagined how it might present under a rising sun, I was up at first light and below me, shepherds and their goats making the only sounds. The sun rose, bathing the escarpment in golden light, it seemed like an eternity before it finally gilded the top of the fortress like village magic.”

Location: Wadi Dohan, Yemen

Read Between The Metro Lines

Read Between The Metro Lines Source: Argus Paul Estabrook/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer: Argus Paul Estabrook,

“I remember thinking, could that be me? Is that a glimpse of my future self? We were caught in reflection, inside of a reflection and amid the busy metro of Seoul, South Korea”

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle Source: Andy Yeung/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer: Andy Yeung

“Hong Kong is a great city, but lurking beneath the prosperity is a severe housing problem that depresses every dweller in this city living in horrid conditions.”

Location: Hong Kong

Early Morning on The Great Wall of China

Early Morning on The Great Wall of China Source: DAVID WU/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer: David Wu,

“Visiting the Great Wall of China on an early winter morning while it was devoid of tourists and covered in a light fog made for a unique atmosphere.”

Location: Beijing, China

Childhood

Childhood Source: Wing Ka H./National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photgrapher: Wing Ka H,

“A boy enjoys the moment while playing basketball after school.”

Location: Hong Kong

Lombard Street – San Francisco

Lombard Street - San Francisco Source: Toby Harriman/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer: Toby Harriman,

“Helicopter Aerial. Lombard Street is known to be the most crooked street in the world. But Vermont Street, the other San Francisco street claimed to be the “most crooked” has seven turns instead of eight, but its hill is steeper than Lombard’s”

Location: Russian Hill, California, United States

Beneath the Eiffel Tower

Beneath the Eiffel Tower Source: Alejandro Merizalde/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer: Alejandro Merizalde,

“During my recent trip to Paris, I wanted to take a photo that would show the Eiffel Tower from an angle that would be a little bit less common. I chose to make it while standing directly underneath the structure and create an almost abstract–yet totally recognisable–point of view of this wonderful icon.”

Location: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Arts and Sciences City

Arts and Sciences City Source: Jose Luis Vilar Jordán/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer: Jose Luis Vilar Jordán

Location: Valencia, Spain

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