Nat Geo’s 21 Best Travel Photos are Truly Breathtaking

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National Geographic recently announced the winners of this year’s Travel Photographer of the Year contest, and the winning entries are simply awe-inspiring. Out of a staggering 15,000 entries, the prestigious grand prize was given to Mexican photographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco for his hauntingly captivating image of a lightning strike, shooting from a volcano’s ash cloud.

Scroll down to see some of the other winning entries.

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