The winners of the National Geographic 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year has finally been announced.

The judges reviewed more than 15,000 entries from travelers around the word for awards in three categories: nature, people and cities. The prestigious grand prize went to Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico for his hauntingly captivating image of a lightning strike, shooting from a volcano’s ash cloud. Velasco’s picture grabbed first place in the nature category as well.

Norbert Fritz (Hungary) took top prize in the Cities category for his photo, titled “Levels of Reading,” and F. Dilek Uyar (Turkey) won the People category with his image “Worship”.

First, second and third places in each category were awarded, respectively, $2,500, $750 and $500. Velasco, the grand prize winner, also received a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions.

Grand Prize Winner: The Power Of Nature, Rancho De Aguirre, Colima, Mexico
Honorable Mention, Nature: Forest Of The Fairy, Tamba, Japan
Honorable Mention, Nature: Marble Caves, Chile
Third Place Winner, People: Under The Wave, Tavarua, Fiji
People’s Choice Winner, Nature: Buff Tailed Coronet, Ecuador
People’s Choice Winner, Cities: Colorful Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Second Place Winner, People: Interesting Moment, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Third Place Winner, Cities: Henningsvær Football Field, Henningsvær, Nordland, Norway


First Place Winner, People: Workship, Konya, Turkey
Honorable Mention, Nature: Mt. Bromo, East Java, Indonesia
First Place Winner, Cities: Levels Of Reading, Stuttgart, Germany
Third Place Winner, Nature: Crocodiles At Rio Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Honorable Mention, People: The Man’s Stare, Gazipur, Bangladesh
Second Place Winner, Nature: To Live, Oinukake, Miyagi, Japan
People’s Choice Winner, People: Sand Porter, Munshiganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Honorable Mention, Nature: In Your Face, Cuba
Honorable Mention, Cities: Al Ain, Al BuraymĪ, Muhafazat Al Buraymi, Oman
Honorable Mention, Cities: Colorful Apartment, Kitagata, Gifu, Japan
Honorable Mention, People: Bridging Generation, New Delhi, Nct, India
Second Place Winner, Cities: Walled City #08, Hong Kong
Honorable Mention, People: Blessings At Besakih, Bali