Stunning images shared by travellers on their global journeys highlight nature, cities, and people from around the world in the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.
Photographers of all skill levels have a few hours left to submit their best shots for the 2018 competition which comes to a close on 31 May at midnight.
In the competition build-up, National Geographic shares editors’ favourite photos and an image of the iconic and colourful houses in Cape Town's Bo-Kaap has made the 'Cities' list.
"For the Travel Photographer of the Year contest, we encourage photographers to show us the world through their own stories of travel and exploration," says National Geographic.
How to enter?
Click here to submit photos in any or all of the three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The entry fee is $15 (R188.38 @R12.56/$) per photo and there is no limit to the number of photos an entrant can submit.
A panel of judges, selected by National Geographic Travel, will choose a winner in each of the three categories. One of the category winners will be named the overall grand prize-winner, and the other two category winners will each be awarded $2 500 (R31 396.80).
The grand-prize winner will be awarded $10 000 (R125 587.20), have his or her photo posted on the @NatGeoTravel Instagram account, and earn the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.
From 11-15 June members of the National Geographic community must vote for their favourite photo in each category from a selection of images chosen by National Geographic photo editors. The photos with the most votes will be named People’s Choice winners.
Take a look at some of the spectacular 'Cities' entries for the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.
SUGAR AND GUM DROPS - "The colourful streets of Bo-Kaap weren't always this way. The facades were once mandated to be a drab, uniform color during Apartheid. After Apartheid ended, the residents painted their homes every colour of the rainbow to celebrate their freedom. Visiting Bo-Kaap during the intense mid-day sunlight, the houses were so brightly colured it was almost blinding!" (Photo and Caption by STEPHANIE MILLER, THE SCENIC SUITCASE/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
VILLAGE OF RAINBOW - "Choi Hung estate, literally meaning "the Village of Rainbow" in Cantonese, is a neighbourhood with very vivid paint job in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Look how the drying laundry resembled Emojis!" (Photo and Caption by HAITONG YU/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
FOG TAKING OVER A TOWN DURING SUNSET - "I decided to take a cross country trip by myself and it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Seeing our country and how much it has to offer was truly something magical. This was the town of Sausalito, Ca being overwhelmed by fog. It was amazing to watch from above. This was taken with a drone." (Photo and Caption by RICKY BATISTA/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
BURJ KHALIFA – SKY IS THE LIMIT - "I have taken this picture from the 124 floor of Burj Khalifa." (Photo and Caption by GYAN PRAKASH SHUKLA/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
A PALACE FOR THE PEOPLE - "Architectural beauty doesn't stop at the old awe-inspiring palaces in St Petersburg. Going into the underground opens up a real feast for the eyes while walking through the marvelous metro stations." (Photo and Caption by CHRISTIAN BAUMGARTNER/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
THIS DAY, WE MISSED SOMETHING - "Some days, the building is surrounded by fog. When Hong Kong is enveloped in dense fog, the outline of the buildings is looming out which is a splendid scene. Dense fog creates a layer of mystery and beauty to this city." (Photo and Caption by CP LAU/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
BEHIND THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN - "Sunset over the city of angels, shot behind the Hollywood sign. I couldn't use my tripod for this shot as the fences behind the sign were too high, so I had to hand hold my camera above the fence, hoping to get the shot I wanted. After a few tries and a few seconds of good light I got the shot I wanted." (Photo and Caption by LUC MENA/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
BOTANIC GARDEN - "The famous high Supertree Grove made by steel for tourists in Gardens by the Bay at Singapore from drone." (Photo and Caption by SON TONG/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
THE LABYRINTH - "The town of Cadiz, Spain from above is as fascinating as it is from ground level - charming streets, narrow alleys, beautiful architecture, fun markets and people, glorious churches. It has got it all - now go visit and get lost for a while :) Aerial image (photographed from a plane during the golden hour)." (Photo and Caption by JASSEN TODOROV/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
IT’S JUST ANOTHER DAY - "During the night, dense fog rises off the Yamuna river and hides the Taj Mahal. At sunrise, the marble of the Taj Mahal begins to reflect the growing light, which, filtered by the drifting and dissipating fog reveals the Taj Mahal glowing with increasing beauty. For the people who live nearby it is just another day at the office. For those of us visiting it is a spectacular experience." (Photo and Caption by MIKE WATSON/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)