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Nakameguro cherry blossoms

“Nakameguro cherry blossoms – illuminated cherry blossoms at night were fantastic and beautiful.” (© Hiroki Inoue/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

The competition is already fierce in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest, now underway. National Geographic editors have pulled together some of their favorite entries so far from all three categories — Nature, People and Cities.

The event launched on April 10, and photographers of all levels are invited to submit their best shots to the annual competition. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, have his or her photo posted on the @NatGeoTravel Instagram account, and earn the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Entries must be submitted by May 31, 2018.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelphotocontest to submit their entries. National Geographic Travel will periodically highlight editors’ favorite photos in online galleries at natgeotravel.com/travelphotocontest.

Here’s a look at some of the stunning photos from around the globe submitted thus far by photographers: Hiroki InoueEnrico PescantiniFirdaus HadzriTetsuya NomuraKhai Chuin SimMattia PassariniNaresh BalaguruNitish ThakurKing Ho Antony TangKelly Beckta.

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