The breathtaking winners of Nat Geo’s Travel Photographer of the Year 2017

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Winners

Photo and caption by Sergio Tapiro Velasco/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Grand Prize and 1st Place, Nature: The power of nature

Powerful eruption of Colima Volcano in Mexico on December 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, friction of ash particles generated a big lightning of about 600 meters that connected ash and volcano, and illuminated most of the dark scene. On last part of 2015, this volcano showed a lot of eruptive activity with ash explosions that raised 2-3 km above the crater. Most of night explosions produced incandescent rock falls and lightning not bigger than 100 meters in average.

National Geographic has announced the winners of its coveted Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 competition.

The grand prize and 1st place in the Nature category was awarded to Mexican photographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco, whose stunning photograph of the erupting Colima Volcano, complete with lightning strike, beat out over 15,000 entries from photographers in more than 30 countries.

In addition to the $2,500 prize that all category winners receive Velasco will also receive a ten-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions.

Check out the full winners gallery at this link.

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Winners

Photo and caption by Hiromi Kano/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

2nd Place, Nature: To live.

Swans who live vigorous even in mud.

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 Winners

Photo and caption by Tarun Sinha/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

3rd Place, Nature: Crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles

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