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These stunning photos are competing for National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest is accepting entries.
May 7th 2017, 11:00 AM 21,964 6

THE 2017 NATIONAL Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now open for entries.

Here’s a look at some of the stunning photos from around the globe that have been submitted so far.

‘In Your Face’

In Your Face In Your Face Source: Shane Gross via National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer Shane Gross said, “Caribbean reef sharks are usually shy so I placed my camera on a rock where I know they frequent and used a remote trigger to click away as they came in and bumped my camera around.”

‘SymmetryrtemmyS’

SymmetryrtemmyS SymmetryrtemmyS Source: Hiroshi Tanita via National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Cherry blossoms reflected in perfect condition.

‘The Mirror’

The Mirror The Mirror Source: Marc Henauer via National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Lake Yogo, called “The lake of Mirror”, sometimes reflects everything in front of you.

‘Swallows Cave’ 

Swallows Cave Swallows Cave Source: Marc Henauer via National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

A freediver swim in the deep of “swallows cave” in Tonga. This cave is settled by more than few thousand fish. They offer you a spectacular ballet when you dive inside. The contrast between the dark of the bottom and the light of the top make bright the fishes like stars.

‘Little Eyewitness’

Little Eyewitness Little Eyewitness Source: Hidetoshi Ogata via National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

“Little Eyewitness” was taken in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Japan on December, 2016. On a cold winter’s day, monkeys have several ways to keep off the cold. For example, in order to keep them warm, they have a soak in a hot spring, take a bedrock bath or huddle together, etc. While monkeys were huddling together, I approached them with the stealthy footsteps. Then I photographed them from directly above at the moment when a little monkey nestled in mother’s arms looked to the camera.

‘Morning Cranes’

Morning Cranes Morning Cranes Source: Hiroki Inoue via National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographer Hiroki Inoue said, “I was able to capture the silhouettes of the cranes through the morning fog.”

‘Moss Forest’

Moss forest Moss Forest Source: Tetsuya Hosokawa via National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Yakushima is an island full of abundant moss and beautiful water.

‘The Salt Miners’

The Salt Miners The Salt Miners Source: Tugo Cheng via National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

As the most ancient and grueling trade in Ethiopia, the salt miners in the Afar region are still using the most traditional camel caravan to carry loads of salt bricks extracted from the vast salt flats everyday. However, an under-construction railway from Djibouti and new road traversing the old salt route may soon render the camel caravan obsolete.

The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest will accept entries until 30 June.

The grand prize winner will receive a ten-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions.

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