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Stuart Dunn, silhouetted horse and rider, Rub’ al Khali, Oman
Stuart Dunn, silhouetted horse and rider, Rub’ al Khali, Oman
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15 Spectacular Photos from the National Geographic Traveller Competition

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 1 March 2017

The finalists for the prestigious National Geographic Traveller (UK) Photography Competition 2017 have been announced.

From Sri Lanka to Northern Ireland, this year’s 18 shortlisted photographers have travelled the world, capturing its dynamism and uniqueness through vivid and thoughtful shots.

Francis Cox, Nepalese man in a doorway, Bhaktapur, Nepal

Nepalese man in a doorway, Bhaktapur, Nepal. People Category | © Francis Cox

‘The entries for our Photography Competition get better every year, and this year’s is no exception,’ said Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK). ‘The shortlist highlights some of the exceptional submissions and it’s been really tough to whittle it down. We look forward to seeing you at the public exhibition, in Brixton.’

Marco Pozzi, Men peering out from a train, Jaipur, India

Men peering out from a train, Jaipur, India. People category | © Marco Pozzi

The annual competition invites travel photographers to interpret the natural world, capture the character and essence of cities and reveal the spirit of adventure by responding to six categories. The overall winner, announced on February 28, will be sent on a photographic commission for National Geographic Traveller.

Laura Dale, woman in Day of the Dead costume, Parque de las Palapas, Mexico

Woman in Day of the Dead costume, Parque de las Palapas, Mexico. People Category | © Laura Dale

Below, we’ve selected some of the stunning images that are all worthy of winning.

URBAN

Ben Goodwin: In the shadow of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ben Goodwin, in the shadow of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

© Ben Goodwin

Matt Parry: Whitewashed Buildings, Oia, Greece

Matt Parry, whitewashed buildings, Oia, Greece

© Matt Parry

Toby Trueman: Traffic at Sogo, Hong Kong

Toby Trueman, traffic at Sogo, Hong Kong

© Toby Trueman

ACTION

Andrew Hone: Football at sunset on Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

Andrew Hone, football at sunset on Ngapali Beach, Myanmar

© Andrew Hone

Sajith Buddikha Withanage: Lizard versus snake in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Sajith Buddikha Withanage, lizard versus snake in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

© Sajith Buddikha Withanage

David Candlish: Fire Breathers, Singapore

David Candlish, fire breathers, Singapore

© David Candlish


NATURE

Stuart Dunn: Silhouetted horse and rider, Rub’ al Khali, Oman

Stuart Dunn, silhouetted horse and rider, Rub’ al Khali, Oman

© Stuart Dunn

Rashid Khaidanov: Clouds forming over Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

Rashid Khaidanov, clouds forming over Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland

© Rashid Khaidanov

Daren Baker: Ponies at a New Forest watering hole, England

Daren Baker, ponies at a New Forest watering hole, England

© Daren Baker


The shortlisted images will be on view at Intrepid Travel, 9 Brighton Terrace, Brixton, London SW9 8DJ on February 28 from 11am-3pm and 4pm-6pm.