The Tree of Life by Pascal Maitre

Pascal Maitre became fascinated by the baobab in the course of four trips to Madagascar where he observed the unique and indispensable role the tree plays in people’s lives.

“I pointed out to the little prince that baobabs were not little bushes but, on the contrary, trees as big as castles; and that even if he took a whole herd of elephants away with him, the herd would not eat up one single baobab.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1943, “The Little Prince”
Mythical tree par excellence, the baobab (from Arabic for “father of many seeds” or Adansonia by its scientific name) is an exceptional tree of rare beauty, steeped in myth in the regions where it grows and a dominant feature of their landscapes.
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The Tree of Life by Pascal Maitre
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A glorious celebration of the beauty of this planet and its human and animal inhabitants.

The winners of the 2018 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been revealed, and they’re a glorious celebration of the beauty of this planet and its human and animal inhabitants.

The top prize and title of Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 is taken by Stefano Pensotti, a semi-professional photographer from Italy, with eight superb images that showcase life around the globe. He becomes the first Italian to take the top title in the 16 years since the awards first launched in 2003.

Stefano Pensotti, Bagan, Myanmar. Prayer time in one of little temples in the plain of Bagan – a young girl stops on her way to school. Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF24mm f/1.4L USM lens,f2, 1/40s, ISO 800.
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Stefano Pensotti, Salt pans of Lake Asale, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia. They have loaded the salt from the Dankalia open-air salt mines at -50m level. Their journey will lead them to Agula on the Ethiopian plateau at 2400m. Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF24mm f/1.4L USM lens, f14, 1/60s, ISO 800.
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Florent Mamelle, France, Winner, Best Single Image in a Natural World Portfolio. Fuego volcano, near Antigua city, Guatemala. This picture of the Fuego volcano was taken from the summit of the Acatenango volcano. At 4000m, the sky was extremely clear and the Milky Way was in the upper left corner. Nikon D810, 16- 35mm lens, f4, 20s, ISO 3200.
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He Jian, China – Winner, Hot/Cold Single Image Category. Gannan, China. The local people who walked on the pilgrimage road were pious and pure. Nikon D800, f9, 1/640s, ISO 1000.
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Oscar Tarneberg, UK. Commended Beauty of Light Single Image Category. Shanghai, China. This is a famous highway intersection in Shanghai where two of the city’s core arteries meet. DJI Mavic Pro, 4.73mm lens (23mm equivalent), f2.2, 0.8s, ISO 100.
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Hot/Cold – Runner-up
Andrew James, United Kingdom
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Travel – Runner-up
Daniel Burton, United Kingdom
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Amateur and professional photographers from 142 countries submitted over 20,000 images, and photographers from 22 countries feature amongst the winners. The 2018 Winners’ Gallery on www.tpoty.com features over 150 fabulous images in a vibrant, fascinating and evocative collection of world-class contemporary travel photography shot on everything from high-end professional cameras to mobile phones.

Restless Soul

Born and raised in Perth but now calling Hong Kong home, photographer Peter Stewart has forged a career that’s marked him out as one of South-East Asia’s most exciting and original travel photographers. With an eye for symmetry and a passion for sharing his travel experiences, this is his story.

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Restless Soul
Photographer Peter Stewart
Travel Special Q & A by Mike O’Connor

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Nature, travel and landscape by Tiger Seo

“I’m a nature, travel and landscape photographer based on Goyang, Korea.”

Foggy morning
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Woman in rays
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Stand
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Reflection
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Sunrise on the power tower
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Nature, travel and landscape by Tiger Seo
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2018 Photographer of the Year

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 Photographer of the Year. Judging is underway and the winners will be announced in late January.
Here are some entries:

Nathan Shafter, A week in United States National Parks
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Yuet Yee Wong, Travel
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David Malikoff, Lion
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Ivy Lu, Spectacular Iceland
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Ken Roxburgh, Golden Eagle Festival
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Grant Thomas, Gion – Kyoto – home of the Geisha
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2018 Photographer of the Year
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Stunning scenes from around the world

Wallpapers | National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

People’s Choice, People
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Photo by Daniel Cheung
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Second Place Winner, Cities
Geometry of the Sun
Photo by Enrico Pescantini
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Rest area
Photo by Tetsuya Hashimoto
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Third Place Winner, Nature
Mars
Photo by Marco Grassi
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Grand Prize Winner
Mermaid
Photo by Reiko Takahashi
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Stunning scenes from around the world
Wallpapers | National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
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Traveling The World | The Yoga Lifestyle

I Spent A Year Traveling The World And Photographing People Committed To The Yoga Lifestyle By​ Alexey Wind

A year ago, I went on a round-the-world trip, during which I visited 28 countries and took photos of people practicing yoga in unusual places.

Through my project, I wanted to show people from the big cities who are committed to yoga philosophy and yoga lifestyle; people, who live in the middle of a hustle but manage to maintain their harmony and happiness. It doesn’t matter what is surrounding you. What really matters – is how you look at everything around you.

The project called “Yoga and the City” combines art, spirituality, and fitness. It is a reflection of a person’s strength and power. Strength to overcome adversities and to find a balance while living in a fast-paced environment. Yoga – is a way to find alignment with your true self, to become closer to your spiritual core.

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I Spent A Year Traveling The World And Photographing People Committed To The Yoga Lifestyle
By​ Alexey Wind
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