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National Geographic showcases 2017 travel photographer of the year

From the 15,000 entries, the Grand Prize was awarded to a photograph titled The Power of Nature, showing Mexico's Colima Volcano erupting with lava as it is hit by a bolt of lighting.

The hand behind the shot, Mexican Sergio Tapiro Velasco, took the photograph from around 12 kilometres away.

Mr Velasco had photographed the volcano for more than a decade and had been tracking its activity closely in the month leading up to the shot.