National Geographic recently announced their winners for this year’s 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year and even the honorable mentions stood out. All of the winners came from the three major categories of the contest: Nature, Cities, and People.
Sergio Tapiro Velasco was the big winner of the Nature Category with his stunning photograph of Colima Volcano’s eruption in Mexico which he entitled “The power of nature.” Taken on December 13, 2015, Velasco remembered how the weather was “dry and cold” and the ash later generated lightning that stretched up to 600 meters.
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The second place came from the Cities category with Andy Yeung’s photograph of the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. Writing for the photograph entitled “Walled City #08,” he said that the city was “the densest place on Earth. Hundreds of houses stacked on top of each other enclosed in the center of the structure. However, if you look hard enough, you will notice that the city is not dead.”
The third place, a haunting yet incredible photo of “Crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles” was taken by Tarun Sinha during his travel from Monteverde to Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica. We have collected below the photographs of the winners as well as the honorable mentions of the prestige contest.