Each year, National Geographic puts out a call for entries asking for stunning photos from across the planet for the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Looking for images that will inspire readers to see the world through a new lens, the annual collection of photos is always absolutely stellar. This year is no exception.
The grand prize winner is Mexican photographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco, who shot this incredible photo titled “The Power of Nature,” which shows lightning striking an erupting volcano. Velasco will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions, as well as a $2500 prize. Velasco’s striking photo was selected from over 15,000 entries submitted by photographers in 30 countries.