National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year: 2018 Winners 

National Geographic throws a spotlight on the budding shutterbugs making waves in the world of travel photography 

Introducing the winners and runners-up of the 2018 National Geographic Photographer of the Year competition 

National Geographic has announced the winners and runners-up for this year's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. The contest has entries in three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The winning image - by Reiko Takahashi - was the recipient of $10,000

Grand Prize Winner

Mermaid by Reiko Takahashi. Photographed in Kume Kima, Japan (Nature category).

reikotakahashi.myportfolio.com 

Runner-Up, People's Choice

The Balloon Wrestler by Rob Weisman. Photographed in Serengeti (People category).

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Runner-Up, People's Choice

Ipanema Beach by Marco Raccichini. Photographed in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (Cities category).

marcoraccichini.com 

Honourable Mention, Cities 

Alone in the Crowds by Gary Cummins. Photographed in Hong Kong (Cities category).

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People's Choice Runner-Up

The Ultimate Pool Party by Raja Lliya. Photographed in Koh Samui, 2017 

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Images courtesy of National Geographic, natgeo.com/travelphotocontest