PICS: NatGeo Travel Photographer of the Year Contest reveals incredible entries in the 'People' category

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The annual 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is up and running once again, inviting photographers of all skill levels to submit their best shots until 31 May.

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Over the last 130 years, National Geographic has been instrumental in evoking a spirit of exploration and adventure in all people through photography and storytelling. With their Travel Photographer of the Year contest, photographers are urged to show the world as it is in all its fascinating permutations by sharing their stories and photographs of travel and exploration. 

Contestants are encouraged to visit the National Geographic Travel site to submit their best photographs in any or all of the three categories. The categories are: Nature, Cities and People. The entry fee is $15 (about R188 at R12.53/$1) per photo and there is no limit to the number of photos an entrant can submit. During the contest period, National Geographic Travel will periodically highlight editors’ favourite photos in online galleries on National Geographic Travel so yours may end up on the site!

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A panel of judges will choose a winner in each of the categories. One of the category winners will be named the overall grand-prize winner and will be awarded a cool $10 000 (R125 340 at R12.53/$1), have his or her photo posted on the National Geographic Travel Instagram account, as well as earn the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. The other two category winners will each be awarded $2 500 (R31 335 at R12.53/$1).

Following the conclusion of the entry period, from 11-15 June, members of the National Geographic community are encouraged to 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.

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This week, the editors selected some of the best entries in the 'People' category. Featuring incredible portraits and action shots of people from around the world, take a look at locals and travellers in countries from Cuba to Bangladesh, India to Portugal and more.

Check out some of the photographs below: 

 COLORS OF WORK - "On my trip to the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan I came across this unique combination of lights midst the hustle bustle of the night. On one side was a barber waiting for more customers and on the other was the carpenter who was still working. People usually focus where the activity prevails. When I lifted my camera and focused it using my wide angle lens it dawned on me that the picture holistically represents two people working in different lights. Then I merge their worlds into one image." (Photo: Mahesh Lonkar, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
 THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (Photo: Daniel Cheung, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
 LEATHERS DRYING - "A woman at work in a street outside Dacca, in Bangladesh. These piece of leathers will become wallets, belts or part of shoes and sell in all the world." (Photo: Erberto Zani, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
 ONE ON ONE - "Young boys play basketball after school in a Havana neighborhood." (Photo: Jeremy Lasky, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
 DANCING IN THE HEIGHTS - "Incredible wisdom and reverence to nature is still alive in small communities all over the world. We should stop and listen to the elders. We should stop and listen to mother earth. Cruz, head of the Totonaca community of Papantla, explains "the ceremony must take place at noon, the only moment where there is a direct link between Mother Earth and Father Sun. We as Totonacas, make the flying ceremony once a year to ask for rain so our crops can grow.” (Photo: Veronica Domit, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
 FREEDOM - "Andrey Karr from Western Riders Slacklines at sunset above big waves in Nazare, Portugal." (Photo: Aidan Williams, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
 FLYING ABOVE IT ALL - "One day while adventuring in Oahu, I looked up to find two kids flying! The moment I directed my camera at them, they became so excited that they began making faces and flashing peace signs. A moment that made the worries of the world dissipate, and all that remained was a pristine point in time." (Photo: Peyton Sickles, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
 TIBETAN IMONKS - "Tibetan Monks during the weekly pray in Tashi LhunPo Monastery in Tibet. The Tashi LhunPo Monastery was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama, is a historic important and of the most influent monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. Now residences of around 2000 monks." (Photo: Mattia Passarini, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
 RUST AND SWEAT - "Char Kaliganj in Dhaka, slum and home to one of the largest shipyards of Asia. A city made by giant skeletons of old ships which employ around 15 000 souls that work to both break down massive shipping vessels as well as create new ships from the parts. The age of laborers ranges from 8 to 80 and they all work together. The work is hard, crude, dirty and dangerous but it gives thousands of them employment and wages to feed their families." (Photo: Mauro De Bettio, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)
holi festival, pradesh, holiTHE COLORFUL PEOPLE - "Lath mar Holi is a local celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi. It takes place days before the actual Holi in the neighboring towns of Barsana and Nandgaon near Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where thousands of Hindus and tourists congregate, each year." (Photo: Sampa Guha Majumdar, National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

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