A dramatic photo of a lightning strike on an erupting volcano in Mexico gave Sergio Tapiro Velasco the honor of being National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year. His photo along with many others have been highlighted in NatGeo's annual roundup of the best travel photography.
It's a jaw-slackening, wanderlust-inducing set photos from around the world, by photographers from around the world. A handful of photographs are re-presented here, but there are even more at National Geographic.
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The winning images are culled from more than 15,000 entries stemming from 30 countries. Winners in three categories -- nature, people, and cities -- earned honors and cash prizes for taking beautiful photos shot within the last two years.
These photographs will make you want to start carrying a camera everywhere you go, in hopes of putting together the perfect frame. Or, at least a frame without your friends holding cans of beer and high-fiving strangers. (These travel photography tips can't hurt.)
For winning, Velasco earned himself a 10-day trip to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions. Check out photos from all of the finalists here, and get a load of the 2016 winners and finalists here.
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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record but has never met the fingernail lady. Follow him @dlukenelson.