Best of 2017: Photography

December 20 / 17

Happy Hump Wednesday everybody! Continuing on with the Best of 2017 with Photography. Check out 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year website. Here are some awesome works by Sergio Tapiro Velasco, Clane Gessel, Y. Takafuji, and Reynold Dewantara.

Credit source: National Geographic Travel 


Photo by Sergio Tapiro Velasco

A powerful eruption illuminates the slopes of Mexico’s Colima Volcano on December 13, 2015. I was in the town of Comala when I suddenly saw incandescence above the volcano’s crater and started shooting. Seconds later, a powerful volcanic explosion expelled a cloud of ash particles and a massive lightning bolt illuminated most of the dark scene. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life. – Sergio Tapiro Velasco



Photo by Clane Gessel

My dad and I traveled to Patagonia earlier this year, and we wanted to see something off the beaten path. After a 10-hour drive and traversing a long, dirt trail, we finally came upon the marble caves. We chartered a boat to take us closer, and I waited for the perfect light to capture these intricate blue swirls. The extra effort it took to reach the caves was worth it. – Clane Gessel 



Photo by Y. Takafuji

In a remote village in the Tamba region of Japan, twinkling fireflies light up the Forest of the Gods on a summer evening. The fireflies carpet a stairway leading to a small shrine revered by the local people, creating a magical atmosphere.




Photo by Reynold Dewantara

Mount Bromo is a small but active volcano on East Java, Indonesia. On January 17, 2016, I was nearby when an increase in seismic activity triggered an alert. This photo was taken from the patio of a local hotel, where I was waiting with my camera. Just as the volcano erupted, the ashes seemed to glow with light. This photo is very special to me—a rare eruption of Mount Bromo with excellent lighting. – Reynold Dewantara

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