National Geographic Launches 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year

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The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest launches today, inviting photographers of all levels to submit their most wanderlust-inducing shots to the annual competition. The grand-prize winner with receive a ten-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions as well as the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. The contest is open now and entries must be submitted by June 30, 2017 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Photography has been a core component of National Geographic’s storytelling since the 1890s. National Geographic Travel has continued this tradition, drawing on the best photographers to take readers around the world to places they might not have been themselves. The Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is designed to elevate new talent, and showcase their captivating images on National Geographic Travel’s influential platforms.

“Travel is about curiosity, and travel photography is about capturing and sharing that curiosity with the world. Our Travel Photographer of the Year contest surfaces extraordinary visions that inspire us all to get out and explore—with camera in hand,” said George Stone, editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Eligible contestants can visit to submit their best photos in any or all of the three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The entry fee is (USD) per photo and there is no limit to the number of photos an entrant can submit.

In each category, National Geographic Travel will award first-, second- and third-place cash prizes of , and respectively. All winners will also receive a year-long subscription to National Geographic Traveler magazine. In addition, all winning photos will appear in an upcoming issue of National Geographic Traveler as well as in an online feature.

The grand prize, which is selected overall from the three categories, is a trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions. The winner will have the opportunity to snorkel with exotic fish, sea turtles, penguins and sea lions, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see rare giant tortoises and explore the pristine islands by kayak or glass-bottom boat. The trip is provided by National Geographic Expeditions, which offers more than 200 trips across all seven continents.

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