Jaw-dropping pictures from National Geographic’s travel photo contest capture Macau’s changing skyline, lemurs in Madagascar and mountains in Bolivia – but will your holiday snaps make the cut?
- National Geographic has opened its Travel Photo Competition for 2019, with entrants from across the globe
- Astonishing pictures of nature, cities and people show Madagascan lemurs and crab-eater seals in Antarctic
- Overall winner will receive $7,500 (£5,700) and have snap featured on cable network’s official Instagram page
If you think your travel snaps are worthy of being seen by more than just your social media followers this contest might be for you – but be warned, there’s some stiff competition.
National Geographic has launched its travel photo contest once again this year, drawing talented photographers from across the globe.
Jaw-dropping pictures from this week’s top entries show the contrast between the glitzy Grand Lisboa hotel in Macau and rundown neighbourhoods in the country, while others capture eagles soaring into the air as part of a traditional festival in Mongolia.
Both budding and established photographers are encouraged to enter the competition, which is split into three categories: nature, cities and people.
A grand prize of $7,500 (£5,700) is up for grabs, while first place winners in each of the groups will receive $2,500 (£1,900).
The competition opened on March 18 and National Geographic will be accepting submissions until May 31. You can read more about the competition and enter by clicking here.
National Geographic’s travel photo competition has opened once again this year. Pictured: Rundown neighborhoods contrast with the glitzy Grand Lisboa hotel on Macau’s skyline
Participants in the annual Golden Eagle Festival, show off their skills. The festival is held in Bayan-Ölgii aimag, West Mongolia. The eagle hunters are celebrating their Kazakh heritage and compete to catch small animals such as rabbits and foxes. Eagle hunting has been practiced in Central Asia for thousands of years, although nowadays it is preserved only in the Kazakh culture where the traditions are still alive and well kept
As is known, the Colorado River is very shallow due to the active use of water from it for agricultural purposes. And when it reaches the ocean in Mexico it is almost dry. Aerial shot was taken from a Cessna
While lemurs are endemic to the island of Madagascar, even within the island there are diverse habitats which are home to a number of species of lemurs. The red-fronted brown lemur is found in south western part of the island, in its dry lowland forests. It feeds mostly on fruits, leaves, and flowers—often leaving the comfort of the trees in search of seeds
I was at the top deck of Skytree around noon—when I looked outside, I noticed the shadow of Skytree and the street intersecting like hands on a clock face. I was also amazed by how many homes are there under the Skytree
Aerial view of crab eater seals, while they are resting on the broken ice of the Antarctic Peninsula in December. It has been shown by studies that they have a general patter of feeding from duck until dawn and hauling in the middle of the day. Their patterns change with the season. Crabeater seals use a lot of the ice to rest between dives, as the ice melts more and more, their future might not be so bright despite the huge number of animals
This wild horse in Northern New Mexico was all by himself, walking towards the giant Shiprock formation. I really love this shot because it really conveys the scale of this place. Shiprock rises 1,500 ft. into the air, surrounded by nothing but barren, flat desert plains. Watching the horse walk in front of this beautiful formation was something I had to capture
On my last day in Antarctica, I was posting my last video update, I heard what I was waiting for and documented what was to come. A leopard seal was feeding on a penguin … I was in a 7mm free-diving suit to be more flexible to change positions quickly. A normal encounter would be 20 minutes or so and I wouldn’t be too cold afterwards, but this day was different, as we swam with three different leopard seals—brrrr. I felt safe being so close to the action with my team. Just amazing
The Palkhi Festival showcases the distinctive feature of the Maharashtrian culture in India. Thousands of people called ‘Varkari’ reach Pandharpur from Alandi or Dehu after walking for about 250 km. The Palkhi offers some of the best cultural events of Maharashtra once in a year. This photo was taken when all the devotees were singing devotional songs by using an instrument called ‘Taal’ or ‘Manjira’ which is a set of small cymbals, which produce a clashing sound after contact with each other
Two groups of climbers make their descent from the icy slopes of Huayna Potosi. For many, this is their first 6,000 meter peak, resembling an achievement of a lifetime. For everyone, their respective mountain to climb is different, but mountains like this one are no stranger to changing the way your mind works. The moment of recognition of this growth of physical and more so emotional stature is one of the most raw, transcendent, and blissful moments in my life, which is captured here