Appreciate the majesty of nature; delve into awe-inspiring landscapes, scenes, and urban moments; view scenes of people and cultures from around the world.

Nature, Cities, People. Winners Galleries from National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

First Place, People
Showtime by Huaifeng Li
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First Place, Nature
Tender eyes by Tamara Blazquez Haik
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Second Place, Cities
In the age of aviation by Jassen Todorov
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Honorable Mention, People
Mood by Navin Vatsa
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Third Place, Nature
Dusky dolphins by Scott Portelli
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Nature, Cities, People
Winners Galleries

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A Year In The National Parks

For the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, I had a dream assignment. I traveled to and photographed all 59 (at the time) of the U.S. national parks in one year on assignment for National Geographic. While other Nat Geo photographers were spending up to a year on assignment in a single national park, I was racing through them at breakneck speed. It was a whirlwind year flled with more beauty and nature than any one person should ever get to experience in such a short timeframe.

Sometimes during this project, I felt like it was completely unfair to take credit for any photos because it was truly nature that was doing all the heavy lifting.
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Ten highlights from an epic tour photographing all of the U.S. national parks
Text & Photography Jonathan Irish

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This dreamy Arctic scene won National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest

Meet the photographer behind the grand prize—winning photo and learn how it was taken.

On a stormy spring day, crisp winds blew across the snowy peaks outside Upernavik, Greenland. Locals considered the balmy -30°C temperature a warm March evening, so they scampered to run errands under the setting sun. Photographer Weimin Chu had settled on a slope near the airport with views of colorful homes below.

Hoping to photograph a person strolling or children playing in the landscape, he was excited to see a small family making their way under the streetlights instead. Working with precision in the low light, he captured the image he had envisioned—and the grand prize of the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest.
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Photographer Weimin Chu describes the “wow moment” that led to his stunning image.
more by Sarah Polger at National Geographic

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Visit 20 architectural marvels around the globe

From apartment buildings to ancient masterpieces, these structures offer glimpses into city life around the world.

Building design can inspire a sense of place, tell tales of the past, and offer glimpses into the lives of a city’s residents. And although the impact of grand structures such as Manhattan’s Art Deco skyscrapers or Antoni Gaudi’s eclectic buildings in Barcelona is undeniable, it’s often the smaller, ordinary buildings that tell the truths of day-to-day life. For the attentive eye, the symmetry of a store window can be just as illuminating as the spectacularly painted ceiling of a mosque—and both places have their own story to tell.

New York, New York
Reflections from late afternoon light dance off a building in Midtown Manhattan. Midtown, one of the largest business districts in the world, is known for its iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
Photograph by Montgomery Gilchrist
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Tokyo, Japan
Colorful lights contrast with the dark windows of an apartment building along Tokyo Bay in Japan. As Japan’s largest city, Tokyo has over nine million residents and apartments are a popular choice for many of them.
Photograph by Massimo Rumi
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Isfahan, Iran
A view of the intricate ceiling of the Music Hall in Iran’s Ali Qapu grand palace. The unusual cutouts in the ceiling are both beautiful and functional—they were designed to dampen echoes and enhance acoustics for musical performances.
Photograph by Hamidreza Bagheri
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Paris, France
The historic buildings of Rue de Rivoli in Paris, France, are reflected with a modern twist. One of the most famous streets in the city, the Rue de Rivoli is lined with fashion boutiques and art galleries, especially near the Louvre.
Photograph by Martina Biccheri
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Pyongyang, North Korea
Colorful buildings surround the Monument to Party Founding in North Korea’s capital city. The monument recognizes the Workers’ Party of North Korea, and uses a hammer, paintbrush, and sickle to represent workers, intellectuals, and farmers, respectively.
Photograph by Absent Ink
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20 mesmerizing photos of architecture across the globe
more by Erin Spencer
at National Geographic

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Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead

Venice has captured travelers’ hearts for hundreds of years. An artistic and architectural masterpiece, this city on the sea is home to the iconic Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal, and Saint Mark’s Square. But what happens when people flood the canals faster than the rising water? Venice receives around 30 million visitors per year, and overtourism isn’t just affecting the city’s romantic vibe. Heavy foot, boat, and cruise traffic is polluting its delicate lagoon, and locals are leaving because of ballooning property values. (Tourists could destroy Venice—if floods don’t first.)
By Caitlin Etherton

Bruges, Belgium
Photograph by Sorin Colac
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Suzhou, China
Photograph by Jan Wlodarczyk
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Gold Coast, Australia
Photograph by Enrique Díaz
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Annecy, France
Photograph by Robert Harding
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These historic harbors rival Italy’s “City of Canals.” Here’s how to see them responsibly.
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2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Some of the editors’ favorite submissions to the photo contest

Train passing through colourful city
by Michael Vong
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Couples goal
by Brian Larrosa
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Rainbow valley
by Tetsuya Nomura
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Caught in the act
by Michelle Theall
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Fire Volcano Explosion
by Sergio Pucci
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more wallpapers from the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest
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Wallpapers from the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

“Browse our editors’ favorite submissions to the photo contest.”

Lightning Strike over Sydney
by Vinay Ks
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Feeding in the Rain
by Michelle Valberg
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Frozen Land?
by Alessandra Meniconzi
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Sherbert Density – The Block Tower
by Toby Harriman
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Gentoo being chased by a Fur Seal
by Clive Beavis
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Wallpapers from the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest
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