[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:
Yesterday, I attended the ‘Majlis Aidil Fitri Cawangan Khas Bukit Aman’ at the PDRM headquarters in Bukit Aman.
The Special Branch open house is always special to me for the Special Branch held its open house inside the PDRM Bukit Aman complex.
We had a great time and I’m excited to get the Deputy Inspector-General of PDRM, Tan Sri Nor Rashid Ibrahim’s autograph.
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[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.
[The Guardian}- An unknown number of people have been killed and dozens injured after a huge fire engulfed a tower block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Hundreds of firefighters battled to rescue residents from their flats after the fire broke out at Grenfell Tower on Latimer Road, near Notting Hill, shortly before 1am.
The blaze rapidly engulfed the full height of the 24-storey block, and was still burning strongly more than six hours later, with a thick pall of dark smoke visible across the capital.
Residents could be seen waving and screaming from their windows, as firefighters wearing breathing apparatus fought to rescue them from their flats.
Shortly before 8am, the London fire commissioner, Dany Cotton, confirmed there had been “a number of fatalities” as a result of the “unprecedented” fire.
“In my 29 years of being a firefighter I have never ever seen anything of this scale,” she said. “This is a major fire that has affected all floors of this 24 storey building, from the second floor upwards.”
The number of deaths could not yet be confirmed “due to the size and complexity of this fire,” Cotton said, adding that the cause of the blaze was also unknown at this stage.
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)