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Stunning City Shots from National Geographic Travel Photographer

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The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest is inviting entries from photographers all over the world, who can submit work across three categories: Nature, People, and Cities. The grand-prize winner will receive a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Manitoba, Canada. The contest is open to entrants until May 27. To see what you’ll be up against, we bring you some entries from the Cities category.

Dubai
AN EVENING IN DUBAI

Photo and caption by Mohsin Abrar
Dubai – A city made out of undaunted vision and sheer passion….from a desert to the most revered city around the globe.
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

FACADES OF OLD HOUSES IN SIDHPUR

FACADES OF OLD HOUSES IN SIDHPUR
Photo and caption by Aashit Desai
The 19th and early 20th century Dawoodi Bohra neighborhoods, or Bohrawads, of Sidhpur, Gujarat, have a strong European architectural character to it. Built by the Dawoodi Bohras, a Shia Muslim trading community from Gujarat, they have a very distinct history and identity. The residences are rows of narrow, deep houses, about three to four stories high. The houses have gabled roofs, ornate balconies, pilasters, columns, and decorated doors and window.
Location: Siddhapur, Gujarat, India
YEMENI FORTRESS

YEMENI FORTRESS
Photo and caption by Paul Nevin
With my police escort, I had arrived at my lodgings at dusk, perched on the edge of a massive escarpment in Wadi Dohan. In the fading light and on the valley floor, I could see this fortress-like village. Having imagined how it might present under a rising Sun, I was up at first light and below me were shepherds and their goats making the only sounds . The Sun rose, bathing the escarpment in golden light, it seemed like an eternity before it finally gilded the top of the fortress like magic.
Location: Wadi Dohan, Yemen

READ BETWEEN THE METRO LINES

READ BETWEEN THE METRO LINES
Photo and caption by Argus Paul Estabrook
I remember thinking, could that be me? Is that a glimpse of my future self? We were caught in reflection, inside of a reflection and amid the busy metro of Seoul, South Korea.
Location: Seoul, South Korea

INFINITY INTERSECTION

INFINITY INTERSECTION
Photo and caption by Chris McCann
Los Angeles has long been synonymous with traffic jams on the freeway. Here is a snapshot of one of these LA freeway interchanges as seen from above, allowing the viewer to gain a full appreciation for the bustling motions of the city.
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

ORANGUTAN IN THE RAIN

ORANGUTAN IN THE RAIN — HONORABLE MENTION
Photo and caption by Andrew Suryono
Location: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
I was taking pictures of some orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this orangutan took a taro leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this spontaneous magic moment.

OVERLOOKING IRAQ FROM IRAN — HONORABLE MENTION

OVERLOOKING IRAQ FROM IRAN — HONORABLE MENTION
Photo and caption by Yanan Li
Location: Shalamcheh, Khuzestan, Iran
There are relics left along the Iran-Iraq boarders. A group of Iranian female students play around an abandoned tank. Among them, one girl stands on the tank with her arms open.