Photographers from around the world have begun submitting their top photographs across three categories—people, nature, and cities. By documenting the big and small moments in life, these photos are creating snapshots of our modern age across the globe. Whether celebrating local religious traditions or simply having fun, these early entries are an indicator that the competition is heating up.
These beautiful photos of people are early entries to the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest. Which is your favorite?
“Let’s go back to play Holi” Father and sons were getting ready to leave their house again to keep celebrating Holi in the small town of Barsana, India. (Photo and caption by Miguel Salas / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Bridging Generation.” A beautiful photo of a father and son sitting in white traditional attire with the beautiful blue sky on the day of Eid al-Fitr in a mosque in New Delhi, India. The photo shows the beautiful bond which these two generations have been building up in a very simple and lovable manner. (Photo and caption by Jobit George / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Slam Dunk.” A basketball player flies high through the air attempting a slam dunk in which he puts the ball between his legs first! (Photo and caption by Brandon Kusher / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Ramadan Prayers” This is a shot of women praying inside Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, which is the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia during the month of Ramadan. (Photo and caption by Pradeep Raja / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“M” Portrait of Miho. (Photo and caption by Akiomi Kuroda / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contes)
“A Popular Rendezvous Spot in Tokyo.” Two young ladies and two men stand waiting on the side of a decommissioned train that used to carry thousands of commuters and other passengers daily between Shibuya and Sakuragicho. The decommissioned train now serves as a Tourist Information Center just outside the Shibuya train station in Tokyo. The spot has also become a favorite rendezvous point for lovers and friends to meet. The facial expressions and body postures indicate people’s empathy gaps in some ways or other. (Photo and caption by Hiro Kurashina / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Free Riders.” Taj and Akash they travel every day from station to station with their mother begging to make a living. Train surfing is not without risk, even if dangerous and illegal, is a common form of transportation in Bangladesh. People have suffered electrocution, severed limbs, falling onto the tracks and colliding with tunnels. However, this can not stop them and jump onto moving trains running away from the police bamboo sticks become daily routine. (Photo and caption by Mauro De Bettio / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Four Seconds Later” Taken at the busy street of Jaipur. (Photo and caption by Diane Sta Ana / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
“Lady Havana” During a recent visit to Cuba, I encountered this bold woman on the street while strolling around Old Havana. Something about her just struck me, like her eyes held a million stories. Not having any cash on me, I borrowed some change from a friend and approached the woman with it, asking to take her photograph. She nodded and posed like a boss, stogie and all. (Photo and caption by Lauren Breedlove / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)