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A photograph of an erupting volcano hit by a bolt of lightning has earned Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico the title of 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Velasco took his prize-winning photo, titled “The Power of Nature,” outside Colima, Mexico. Before he captured this striking photograph, Velasco had been carefully tracking an increase in volcanic activity. "When I looked on the camera display, all I could do was stare,” said Velasco. “What I was watching was impossible to conceive, the image showed those amazing forces of nature interacting on a volcano, while the lightning brightened the whole scene. It’s an impossible photograph and my once-in-a-lifetime shot shows the power of nature.” Velasco's photo was selected from over 15,000 entries from participants in more than 30 countries. @natgeotravel PHOTO: Sergio Tapiro Velasco- National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year BBCSnapshot natgeotravel competition photography travel NationalGeorgraphic: A photograph of an erupting volcano hit by a bolt of lightning has earned Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico the title of 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Velasco took his prize-winning photo, titled “The Power of Nature,” outside Colima, Mexico. Before he captured this striking photograph, Velasco had been carefully tracking an increase in volcanic activity. "When I looked on the camera display, all I could do was stare,” said Velasco. “What I was watching was impossible to conceive, the image showed those amazing forces of nature interacting on a volcano, while the lightning brightened the whole scene. It’s an impossible photograph and my once-in-a-lifetime shot shows the power of nature.” Velasco's photo was selected from over 15,000 entries from participants in more than 30 countries. @natgeotravel PHOTO: Sergio Tapiro Velasco- National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year BBCSnapshot natgeotravel competition photography travel NationalGeorgraphic

A photograph of an erupting volcano hit by a bolt of lightning has earned Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico the title of 2017 National Geog...

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