New Entries For The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now accepting entries. Harness the power of photography and share your stunning travel experiences from around the globe. Enter your most powerful photos for a chance to become the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Show us photos that tell the story of a place or reveal insights about what inspires you when you travel. The contest ends May 27, 2016.

Eid ul Fitr Prayer
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This is a general view of Eid ul Fitr Prayer at Alamgir Mosque in Varanasi, Uttarpradesh, India. Eid prayers, also known as Salat al-Eid and Salat al-Eidain , is the special prayer offered to commemorate two Islamic festivals.This image depicts the Hindu–Muslim brotherhood exploring the dynamics of communal relations in Varanasi-a holy city of the Hindus. Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India (Photo and caption by Sirsendu Gayen / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Impala at Sunrise
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Impala silhouetted as the sun rises in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Location: Masai Mara, Kenya (Photo and caption by Kellie Netherwood / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Winding roads
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In the Gorges du Dades there are some breathtaking bends between walls of rock. Location: Boumalne, Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco (03Photo and caption by Angiolo Manetti / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Dronie – Selfie taken with a Drone
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This image is an aerial selfie image. We laid down on the bridge covered with snow and flew the drone above us to take this image. Location: Mittersill, New Hampshire, United States (Photo and caption by Manish Mamtani / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Digital panel of Hong Kong
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This amazing stacked architecture of Hong Kong shows the housing of its rather dense population. It’s visually striking to understand that your whole horizon is built from people’s lit windows. It shocks you that each life so big and important to the person himself and his close circle looks just like a tiny star in a huge sky next to millions of the same stars. Location: Hong Kong (Photo and caption by Julia Wimmerlin / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Ballet dancer
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When a Japanese larch’s twig was exposed to illumination, looked like hands and feet. it was like the ballet dancer. Location: Biei, Hokkaido, Japan (Photo and caption by Hiroshi Tanita / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

God Shiva’s Temple festival in Jejuri
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Devotees carrying the palki, sedan chair, of Shiva. The Shiva’s Temple, known as Khandoba locally, is a very famous temple situated in the town of Jejuri, in Maharashtra, India. Every year on the day of Somvati Amavasya – a no moon day – thousands of devotees arrives at the temple. The festival’s main ritual is offering of turmeric powder by the devotees. Such large quantities of turmeric powder are used that all the devotees and the temple ground are covered in yellow colour of the turmeric. Location: Jejūri, Maharashtra, India (Photo and caption by Aashit Desai / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Pak Tai Festival
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Performances of Chinese opera are usually held in a mat-shed at the Pak Tai Temple in Taipa village. In this small temporary make-up room built solely with bamboo and iconic red-blue-white plastic bags, over 10 performers are preparing for the show. Location: Macau (Photo and caption by Antonio Leong / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Face to Face
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A polar bear on Wahlenbergfjorden off of Svalbard. I was in a zodiac off shore when he sauntered down to the beach to sniff us out. Soon losing interest, he retreated for a nap and we left him in peace. Location: Haugen, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Photo and caption by Ari Ross / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

La Fournaise volcano
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The last eruption of LA Fournaise Volcano. Réunion Island. Location: Saint-Denis, Reunion, Reunion (Photo and caption by Gaby Barathieu / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Wherever you go, I will follow you!!
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Romance is in the air. It was the time of day immediately following sunset. I heard a voice. “Wherever you go, I will follow you” the voice says. Location: Biei, Hokkaido, Japan (Photo and caption by Hiroki Inoue /National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Timeless Lunch
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l was invited into the home of my guide and I stayed for lunch. This picture for me captures the comfortable relationship between the husband and wife and a thoughtful moment. Location: Longsheng, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu, China (Photo and caption by Karen Morris-Lanz / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Lioness @ Sunset
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Lioness (Panthera leo) at sunset, Vumbura Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa. Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa (Photo and caption by Marja Schwartz / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Early morning on Skye
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An hours walk on a cold Winter’s morning was needed to get to this location. Looking back over the Trotternish Ridge from the Quirrang on the Isle of Skye is one of my favourite locations. Location: Flodigarry, Scotland, United Kingdom (Photo and caption by Andy Dines / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Jonas Blizzard and the Flatiron Building
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While walking through the Jonas Winter Storm that swept across the East Coast last week, I captured this shot of the Flatiron Building against a backdrop of swirling snow. With the exception of a few minor details like logos and a food cart, the image looks like an impressionist right out of another another century. The cloudy atmosphere and gusty winds creates patterns that appear uncannily like brush strokes. Location: New York City, New York, United States (Photo and caption by Michele Palazzo / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Bond Between Friends
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Shot in Sakrebailu Elephant Camp, Shimoga, India. This camp works towards rehabilitating rescued elephants from circuses and human animal conflict zones. The elephants are trained here by experienced Mahouts and forms a lasting bond between the two. Every morning these Mahouts get their elephants for a bath in the nearby river. This is also when people are allowed to interact with the elephants. Location: Shimoga, Karnataka, India (Photo and caption by Aditya D. / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Muscle Beach Gym
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A weightlifter lifts a barbell loaded with heavy plates while a bodybuilder performs an aerial handstand at the Muscle Beach Gym in Venice Beach, CA. Location: Venice Beach, California, United States (Photo and caption by Dotan Saguy / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

Peaks & Penguins in Antarctic Sunrise
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Stunning peaks & thousands of King Penguins on South Georgia in soft early sunrise. The photography challenge was to resist shooting only Penguin close-ups (very tempting for sure) & step back occasionally to be equally amazed by the landscape in which they live. Special Bonus: It was 100 years to the month that Shackelton’s boat (Endurance) finally went under the Antarctic pack ice (Nov 1915), precipitating his epic traverse of South Georgia, before finding help at nearby Stromness (1916). Location: South Georgia (Photo and caption by Shivesh R. / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

The Snow Tree
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During a snow storm I decided to head over to Bryce Canyon NP and enjoy the freshly fallen snow. Visibility was down to almost zero, but then I found this single tree right next to a snow drift and knew this would be my shot. Location: Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States (Photo and caption by Yvonne Baur / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

On the top
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New York, Rio, Tokyo? We are on a rooftop bar in Ho-Chi-Minh, Vietnam. The day leaves, the night comes. But this coming city never sleeps. Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Photo and caption by Caroline Micaela Hauger / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

The dictator’s dream
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The “Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana”, was imagined and built as a great symbol of fascism for the world. Like many of Rome’s iconic buildings, this relic of dark hours that came and passed is now part of the Eternal’s city ‘stone memory. Today, growing inequality, lack of economic growth, unemployment, war and terrorism foster populism and may threaten our democratic ideals. Is memory enough? Location: Roma, Latium, Italy (Photo and caption by Maria Holzinger / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest )

God is observing
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Cachi – Argentina, Thomas 6 Years old helping his father cleaning his truck after a long day of work transporting horses from file to Cachi. (Photo and caption by Giandomenico Cosentino / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

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