Welcome to arguably the most popular photography competition on the planet.

This year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest received more than 17,000 entries from photographers around the world. They came in from far and wide – every corner of the world represented by hopeful shutterbugs trying to claim the title of ‘best photo of the year”.

Here are the judges’ top picks..

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER: “Whale Whisperers” by Anuar Patjane Floriuk
SECOND PRIZE: “Gravel Workmen” by Faisal Azim
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Third Place: “Camel Ardah” by Ahmed Al Toqi
MERIT: “A Night at Deadvlei” by Beth McCarley
MERIT: “Catching a Duck” by Sarah Wouters
MERIT: “Kushti, Indian Wresting” by Alain Schroeder
MERIT: “White Rhinos” by Stefane berube
MERIT: “Sauna in the Sky” by Stefano Zardini
MERIT: “Highlanders” by Bartlomiej Jurecki
MERIT: “Romania, Land of Fairy Tales” by Eduard Gutescu

All photographs in this post credited to National Geographic.

 

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