[Yahoo News}- Exploding volcanoes, sprawling urban landscapes and eerie underwater scenes are among the staggeringly beautiful moments captured by the winners of the 2017 National Geographic Travel photographer of the year competition.
A once-in-a-lifetime moment provided the subject for the winning image, taken by photographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco.
As he stood just 12 kilometres away from the molten summit of Mexico’s Volcán de Colima volcano, a bolt of lightning snapped from the sky onto the crater.
When he realised what he had managed to capture, Sergio was shocked.
‘When I looked on the camera display, all I could do was stare,’ he said.
‘What I was watching was impossible to conceive, the image showed those amazing forces of nature interacting on a volcano, while the lightning brightened the whole scene.
‘It’s an impossible photograph and my once in a lifetime shot that shows the power of nature.’
His picture was crowned the winner out of more than 15,000 entries submitted by photographers hailing from 30 countries.
This year’s competition was judged by Molly Roberts, senior photography editor at National Geographic; Benjamin Lowy, award-winning adventure and underwater photographer; and Jody MacDonald, award-winning adventure sport and documentary photographer.
Molly said: ‘The quality of submissions in the 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest was wonderfully eclectic.
‘I was inspired by the variety of locations and creativity of the photographers in their quest to make compelling images.’
Click here to see some of the submissions for the Cities Category.
[Yahoo News}- Cities can often be looked at negatively, full of unsightly buildings and coloured by smog.
However, they can also be dazzling, scenic sights that provide stunning backdrops good enough to be framed.
National Geographic has compiled a group of photos taken in cities across the globe – and the sights on display are jaw-dropping.
From sprawling urban jungles to dazzling lights to incredible examples of modern architecture, each photo is vying to be crowned the cities photo of the year.
Here are just some of the entries in this year’s contest:
[Yahoo News}- When it comes to taking photos on our iPhones, most of us are happy to take a snap that is remotely worthy of Instagram – before being modified with a dozen filters to ensure that we secure those all important likes.
But when it comes to the annual iPhone photography awards, it’s all a little different – with winners that are capable of capturing incredible shots of everyday life on earth.
Here’s a snapshot of this year’s winners.
Snapping something spectacular can be tricky in the wet, but these stunning photos are an exception to the rule.
Amateur macro-photographer František Dulík, 35, from Slovakia works as a technical engineer for medical devices when he is not capturing insects.
To get these unique photos of the bright and alien-looking mini beasts, Dulík will get up at 3 a.m. to spend five hours out with his camera over sunrise. (Caters News)
(Yahoo News) – The first winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced.
10 extraordinary pictures have been selected as the winners of the ‘Open’ category of the competition, selected from a pool of more than 100,000 entries.
Journalist and photographer Damien Deomolder, chair of the Open competition, said: ‘It has been a pleasure and an inspiration to be exposed to such a volume of great work, and a privilege too that I could share in the personal moments, the joys, tears, life and losses of photographers from all around the globe who recorded their experiences through their pictures.’
The winners of the National Awards, a global contest to find best images taken by photographers in 66 countries, have also been announced.
This year the competition expanded to Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates for the first time.
Here are some of the most spectacular pictures, taken by both amateur and professional photographers.
[Yahoo News}- This is what the world looks like when you live under the sea.
These amazing images were snapped in extreme conditions by talented photographers with a keen eye.
They all feature in the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 competition, which showcases the best images below the surface.
More than 4,500 photographs were submitted from 67 different countries.
The overall winner was French diver Gabriel Barathieu for his stunning photo of a hunting octopus.
It was taken in the lagoon of the tiny island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.
“I got as close as possible with a wide angle lens to create this image, which makes the octopus look huge.”
Nick Blake, from Dublin in Ireland, won British Underwater Photographer of the Year for his photo, Out of the Blue, taken in a freshwater sinkhole in Mexico.
Argentinian Horacio Martinez was named as Up and Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year for his image, Oceanic In The Sky, taken in Egypt and featuring a shark.
The title of Most Promising British Underwater Photographer went to Nicholai Georgiou for his image, Orca Pod, taken in the depths of winter in northern Norway.