These Sublime Photos Will Make You See The World Differently

Nat Geo’s travel photos show the beauty of our planet

Aug 31, 2017
The Power Of Nature (Photo by Sergio Tapiro Velasco)

The Power Of Nature (Photo by Sergio Tapiro Velasco)

Travel allows us to appreciate the beauty of the world while learning about different cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Thanks to the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition you can marvel at the wonders of the planet from the comfort of your own home. Obviously traveling the world to take in first hand all it has to offer is an experience that can’t be beaten, but these photographs are so genuine and awe-inspiring that they transport the viewer to the tender moment they were taken.

This year’s winners were recently announced and Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico was awarded the prestigious grand prize for his captivating image titled “The Power of Nature” of the moment a lightning strike coincided with a powerful eruption on the slopes of Mexico’s Colima Volcano. The almost surreal shot portrays the beauty and the power of nature while also proving that we never know what to expect. “It was one of the most exciting moments of my life,” writes Velasco.

To Live. (Photo by Hiromi Kano)

National Geographic also awarded prizes for photographs in three categories -- Nature, Cities and People. Velasco's image grabbed first prize in the Nature category as well.

Ice caves in Patagonia. (National Geographic/Clane Gessel)

Ice caves in Patagonia. (National Geographic/Clane Gessel)

Norbert Fritz of Hungary took top prize in the Cities category for his photo titled "Levels of Reading” showing natural light filling the modern interior of the city library in Stuttgart, Germany. The People category was won by F. Dilek Uyar for the photograph "Worship," which portrays beams of light filtering through a historic building in Konya, Turkey, where a whirling dervish performs an ecstatic dance.

Forest of the Fairy (Photo by Y. Takafuji)

Forest of the Fairy (Photo by Y. Takafuji)

There are plenty of other images from all over the world that didn’t receive any of the top prizes that still capture those special moments that make our planet so extraordinary. From stunning views of vast landscapes, to snapshots of basic human interactions to rare glimpses into the lives of nature’s creatures great and small, this collection of photographs has to be seen to be believed.

YONI COHEN, EDITOR & WRITER
A Geography geek to his core, Yoni is a proud introvert and is happiest when traveling, dancing, baking, doing yoga, running or taking pictures of beautiful flowers. He writes about mindfulness, introversion, travel and the benefits of slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life.

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