National Geographic reveals this year's best travel photos

National Geographic reveals this year's best travel photos
National Geographic reveals this year's best travel photos

A hauntingly beautiful image of a lightning strike shooting from a volcano's ash cloud has earned Sergio Tapiro Velasco the title of 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.

Mexico-based Velasco's aptly named 'The Power of Nature' won both the nature and grand-prize categories, selected from over 15,000 entries from more than 30 countries.

He shot the picture of the erupting Volcan de Colima, one of Mexico's most active volcanoes, from 12km away after he heard a deafening boom from the 'Volcano of Fire'.

Velasco had no idea he had

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