15 breathtaking photos of the world’s most interesting cities

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Kowloon Walled City
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Andy Yeung/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

The judges for this year’s National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest are close to announcing its winners. All submissions are due by Friday, June 30.

There are three categories for photographers to enter: Nature, Cities, and People. The lucky grand prize winner will get a 10-day journey for two in the Galápagos Islands.

Below, see 15 stunning images that were entered in the contest’s cities category. They show the many incredible, varied landscapes that urban dwellers live in.


Paris, France

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Ata Adnan/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Bengaluru, India

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Nikhil Rasiwasia/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Nagasaki, Kyushu, Japan

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Hiro Kurashina/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Uummannaq, Greenland

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Rayann Elzein/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Busan, South Korea

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Albert Dros/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Gifu Prefecture, Honshu, Japan

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Tetsuya Hashimoto/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

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Andrzej Bochenski/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Hong Kong

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Ho Lam Cheng/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Jujing, China

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Hua Zhu/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Kowloon Walled City, China

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Andy Yeung/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Dubuque, Iowa

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Robert Felderman/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

New York City, US

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Lars Sivars/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Frankfurt, Germany

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Vitaly Pankratov/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

New York City, US

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Ed Nazarko/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Hong Kong

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Edward Tin/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest