National Geographic Photo Contests

Photograph by Sergio Tapiro Velasco, 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Visual storytelling is the heart of National Geographic. Our photography contests feature images created by photographers from around the world, sharing visions that inspire, inform, and awe. Explore past contest winners and check back soon to join the next competition.

2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest Winners

Find out which pictures won top prizes in the photo competition.

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest Winners

See the stunning images that captured the judges votes in the competition.

Travel Photo Contest

STORIES BEHIND THE PHOTOS

Winning our photo contest changed these photographers' lives

How Winning a Photo Contest Changed This Photographer's Life

This Whale Tail Took Grand Prize in the Photo Contest

This dreamy Arctic scene won National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest

Pilot’s stunning aerial desert picture wins National Geographic’s 2018 photo contest

Behind the Picture: The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

This Striking Orangutan Photo Highlights a Grim Reality

4 Quick Tips: How to Win the Travel Photo Contest

Behind the Stunning Photo of a Puffin Gorging on Fish

Winning our photo contest changed these photographers' lives

How Winning a Photo Contest Changed This Photographer's Life

This Whale Tail Took Grand Prize in the Photo Contest

This dreamy Arctic scene won National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest

Pilot’s stunning aerial desert picture wins National Geographic’s 2018 photo contest

Behind the Picture: The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

This Striking Orangutan Photo Highlights a Grim Reality

4 Quick Tips: How to Win the Travel Photo Contest

Behind the Stunning Photo of a Puffin Gorging on Fish

Winning our photo contest changed these photographers' lives

How Winning a Photo Contest Changed This Photographer's Life

This Whale Tail Took Grand Prize in the Photo Contest

This dreamy Arctic scene won National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest

Pilot’s stunning aerial desert picture wins National Geographic’s 2018 photo contest

Behind the Picture: The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

This Striking Orangutan Photo Highlights a Grim Reality

4 Quick Tips: How to Win the Travel Photo Contest

Behind the Stunning Photo of a Puffin Gorging on Fish

Nat Geo Photo Contest

2015 National Geographic Photo Contest Winners
2015 National Geographic Photo Contest Winners
2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Winners
2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Winners
2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Winners
2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Winners
2018 National Geographic Photo Contest Winners
2018 National Geographic Photo Contest Winners
2015 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest Winners
2015 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest Winners
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