Remember the National Geographic contest? The winners announced!

These days, we at Mega Curioso published here a story listing some images that were competing for the trendy National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest - you can check out the photos via this link. So the result came out, and who took the grand prize was the Mexican Sergio Tapiro Velasco, who entered the competition in the category "Nature" with the stunning photograph of an erupting volcano being struck by lightning.

According to the folks at Twisted Sifter, this spectacular click was recorded just 12 kilometers from the Colima Volcano crater - also known as Fogo Volcano - one of the most active in Latin America. Sergio took the photo after following Colima's activity for almost a month, during a night with a clear sky.

As he explained, he remembers hearing a deafening noise when he was shooting, but only saw that he had caught the lightning after checking the picture. Not even Sergio believed he had recorded such beauty - and such a fleeting event! Per Click, voted the best among 15, 000 participating images, the Mexican won a 10-day trip to the Galapagos with National Geographic people and a $ 2, 500 cash prize.

Below you can check the other images selected as first, second and third placed, as well as some honorable mentions in the three contest categories - Nature, People and Cities:

Category: Nature

First place and overall winner: Sergio Tapiro Velasco

Colima volcano

Second Place: Hiromi Kano

Geese flying over water and mud

Third place: Tarun Sinha

Crocodiles on the Tarcoles River in Costa Rica

Honorable Mention: Clane Gessel

Marble Caves in Patagonia

Honorable Mention: Yutaka Takafuji

Fireflies near the remote village of Tamba in Japan

Honorable Mention: Reynold Riksa Dewantara

Mount Bromo in Java, Indonesia

Category: Cities

First place: Norbert Fritz

Stuttgart City Library, Germany

Runner-up: Andy Yeung

Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong

Third place: Misha De-Stroyev

Henningsvær Football Field in Lofoten Islands, Norway

Honorable Mention: Tetsuya Hashimoto

Colorful Apartments in Gifu, Japan

Honorable Mention: Andrzej Bochenski

Al Ain City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Category: People

First place: F. Dilek Uyar

Whirling Dervish in Konya, Turkey

Second place: Julius Y.

Interesting moment before a Rembrandt

Third place: Rodney Bursiel

Under the wave in Tavarua, Fiji

Honorable Mention: Jobit Goerge

Different generations in Delhi, India

Honorable Mention: Moin Ahmed

Railway Station in Gazipur, Bangladesh

Honorable Mention: Michael Dean Morgan

Blessings at Besakih Temple in Bali