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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Winner 2017 

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is underway. The above picture was the winner of the 2017 Contest. The 2018 competition closes on May 31 and the grand-prize winner will be awarded $10,000 (USD). Here are some of this year’s entries, gathered from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People. The photos and captions were written by the photographers, and lightly edited for style.  From June 11-15,  fans of NG will vote for their favorite photos from each category and select the Peoples’ Choice winners.

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The recent eruptions from several volcanic vents in a residential neighborhood on Hawaii’s Big Island have prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents. The Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory said eight lava fissures had opened under Leilani Estates over the past few days. The opening of the fissures and lava flow from Kilauea Volcano follow a series of earthquakes, including a magnitude-6.9 quake on Friday, and the earlier collapse of a nearby crater, emptying the lake of lava within. The unfolding disaster is unpredictable, and may take a very long time to calm down enough to allow residents to return.

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ProfessionalDrone

Professional photographers and amateur drone-photo enthusiasts around the world submitted images to Dronestagram and National Geographic’s 2017 competition. Following is a selected group of some of the stunning images that participated in the 4th annual International Drone Photography Contest.

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Aguilar, whose career retrospective, “Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell,” is on display now at the Vincent Price Art Museum, in Los Angeles, was born in California in 1959, the child of a Mexican-American father and a Mexican-Irish mother. She suffered from auditory dyslexia, which made speaking difficult, and photography became a vital outlet of her self-expression. As a woman of color, and also a lesbian, Aguilar belongs to, as she puts it, a “hidden subculture” within another subculture, a marginalized community within another marginalized community. Her work is an exploration of this precarious double identity, with her own unconventional body often serving as subject and symbol.

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Ingo and Napoleon are an incredibly unlikely pair of friends. One comes from a family deeply involved in law enforcement, the other was the smallest and weakest of 7. One could be called “ruthless,” the other wouldn’t (and probably couldn’t) hurt a fly. Ingo is a Malinois — a type of Belgian shepherd typically used by police — and Napoleon is a 1-year-old Owlet.