Travel photography

The best travel photos of the year

The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest winners have been revealed, and the pictures are spectacular

A capture of a lightning strike over a smoking volcano in Mexico has been named as the year’s best travel photo.

The picture, which took the top prize in the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest, was best of 15,000 entries, and was shot by Sergio Tapiro Velasco. He wins a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions.

Three awards in three different categories, nature, people and cities were awarded while Velasco received the esteemed Photographer of the Year title.

Click through the slideshow to see all the winning pictures, or view them here:

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