Reiko Takahashi/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • Grand Prize Winner

    The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest celebrates stunning pictures taken by all levels of photographers around the world. Takahashi took her grand prize-winning photo, titled “Mermaid,” off the coast of Japan's Kumejima Island. <br></br> "I was fortunate to have encountered a humpback whale with her calf on my first day snorkeling. Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us— it was very friendly and curious."
    Reiko Takahashi/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • Second Place Winner, Nature

    Thousands of flamingos are seen taking off from the colorful Lake Natron in Tanzania. Before taking off, flamingos need to take a short run on water to build up speed. At that moment, their long, red legs create a series of water ripples on the surface of the lake. Looking down from the helicopter, these ripple lines look like giant aquatic plants flowing in the water.
    hao j./National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • Third Place Winner, Nature

    These natural sand towers, capped with large stones, are known as the Earth Pyramids of Platten. They are situated in Northern Italy’s South Tyrol region. Formed centuries ago after several storms and landslides, these land formations look like a landscape from outer space and continuously change over the years and, more accurately, over seasons. This natural phenomenon is the result of continuous alternation between periods of torrential rain and drought, which have caused the erosion of the terrain and the formation of these pinnacles.
    Reiko Takahashi/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • First Place Winner, Cities

    This is a view of the main street from a tram in Nagasaki on a rainy day. The tram is vintage, but retrofitted with modern ticketing equipment. A conductor is no longer on board— only the lone driver. The quiet streetscape seen through the front windshield of the tram presents quite a contrast to busy urban centers in Japan, such as Tokyo and Osaka.
    Reiko Takahashi/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • Second Place Winner, Cities

    Teotihuacan means “the place where the gods were created,” and that's the exact feeling visitors have when they walk along the Avenue of the Dead at this Mexican archaeological site. This pyramid was dedicated to the god of Sun, and I found it mesmerizing how the rising sun in the picture conquered just half the image, while the other half is in the shadows.
    Enrico Pescantini/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • Third Place Winner, Cities

    On an early morning, I wanted to photograph the fog, which is epic in Dubai every year from December to January- and almost every photographer's dream in this part of the world. Sadly, I could not get access to the rooftop and so I peeped through the glazed window on a lower floor. I was overwhelmed and excited to see how beautiful the city looks, and my excitement was quadrupled as soon as I saw the reflection of the road and building on the facade of the building that I was in.
    Gaanesh Prasad/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • Honorable Mention, Cities

    I’m fascinated by the ancient Kazakh method of hunting with Golden Eagles. I followed a family during their migration from winter to spring camp. Mongolia is sparsely populated, but the inhabitants have a very hospitable and welcoming culture. For Kazakhs, tea is one of the attributes of hospitality. It isn't just a drink, but a mix of tradition, culture, relaxation, ceremony, and pleasure. Damel, seen here wrapped in heavy fur clothes, drinks a cup of tea to keep warm from the cold temperatures.
    Gary Cummins/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • First Place Winner, People

    I’m fascinated by the ancient Kazakh method of hunting with Golden Eagles. I followed a family during their migration from winter to spring camp. Mongolia is sparsely populated, but the inhabitants have a very hospitable and welcoming culture. For Kazakhs, tea is one of the attributes of hospitality. It isn't just a drink, but a mix of tradition, culture, relaxation, ceremony, and pleasure. Damel, seen here wrapped in heavy fur clothes, drinks a cup of tea to keep warm from the cold temperatures.
    Alessandra Meniconzi/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • Second Place Winner, People

    Leida and Laelle, 9, are twin sisters and Haitian refugees living in Brazil. They say living in Brazil is like living in paradise— very different from the reality of their country of origin. They dream of becoming models and teachers, as a way to earn money to bring their other relatives from Haiti to Brazil, to live all near one another. On this day, they were playing in front of their home.
    Tati Itat/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
  • Third Place Winner, People

    This photograph was taken from Dhaka's airport rail station during the Eid vacation. People were returning to their village homes to spend Eid with families, and the rush at the last hour was immense. One man was dangling on a train's handle with his family, trying to get inside the train as rain started and the train began to move. The family had tickets to board the train, but couldn’t get to their seats. <br></br> <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/photographer-of-the-year-2018/gallery/winners-all/1/"target="external">National Geographic Contest Winners Gallery</a>
    MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
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