Photos are a way to capture some of the most beautiful moments. When selfies or professional photographs, each click is magical in itself, able to speak volumes. From photographers all over the world bringing out something new every day and the ever-evolving photography tricks and tips doing the rounds, this world is an oyster for the shutterbugs out there.
An annual competition by National Geographic, Travel Photographer of the Year, this aims to bring out the diversity of the earth with beautiful captures from the world over. There were more than 15,000 entries from which winners were selected and the three categories were people, nature, and cities.
The prestigious grand prize went to Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico for his out-of-this-world image of a lightning strike, shooting from a volcano's ash cloud. Velasco's picture won the first position in the nature category as well.
Have a glance at the stupendous work of other photographers who made it to the list with their beautiful captures.
That's a powerful eruption, captured at the right instant.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY SERGIO TAPIRO VELASCO
The fireflies are twinkling, they look just soo beautiful.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY Y. TAKAFUJI
The rare color combination of the caves.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY CLANE GESSEL
In love with this and the timing of the capture.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY HYMAKAR VALLURI
An adventurous surfer there, with a fire-fighter in him.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY RODNEY BURSIEL
Gosh! That is so vibrantly beautiful.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY KAJAN MADRASMAIL
What a coincidence, everybody gazing at the painting, which is also gazing at them.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY JULIUS Y.
A stupendous drone capture.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY MISHA DE-STROYEV
The dance of ecstasy by a devotee.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY F. DILEK UYAR
This has been captured so perfectly!
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY REYNOLD DEWANTARA
Seen a more clear and well lit capture?
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY NORBERT FRITZ
The enormous size and the large number of the crocodiles...
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY TARUN SINHA
A surreal capture, when the train halted.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY MOIN AHMED
Those swans are a reflection of the eternal beauty of the earth.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY HIROMI KANO
The shark in the stark blue waters of Cuba.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY SHANE GROSS
A sand porter, zoomed in.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY MD TANVEER HASSAN ROHAN
New buildings rising from the desert floor.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY ANDRZEJ BOCHENSKI
Dude, this is an architectural marvel. It has such picture perfect detailing.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY TETSUYA HASHIMOTO
A beautiful bond of love between the two generations.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY JOBIT GEORGE
The densely packed buildings look like lego blocks.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY ANDY YEUNG
The beauty of service at a temple, captured divinely.
PHOTO AND CAPTION BY MICHAEL DEAN MORGAN
Stay tuned, folks.