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It is the oldest traditional fireworks in Japan. The event is a ritual worshiping god. These hand tube fireworks use 3kg of gunpowder and all of the fireworks are handmade by the festival participants. Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture is the birthplace of hand-held fireworks. (© Hidenobu Suzuki/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest)

National Geographic highlights Travel Photographer of the Year contest's People category

The competition continues in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. This week, National Geographic editors selected some of the most incredible entries in the People category. These stunning portraits and action shots of people from around the world give a look at locals and travelers in Cuba, Bangladesh, India, Portugal and beyond.

The Travel Photographer of the Year contest was launched on April 10 and will accept entries until May 31. The grand-prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, a feature on the National Geographic Travel Instagram and the prestigious title of 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.

Eligible contestants can submit their entries here. National Geographic Travel will periodically highlight editors’ favorite photos from all three categories — Nature, People and Cities — in online galleries.

Here’s a look at some of the photos submitted in the People category thus far by photographers Jeremy Lasky, Sampa Guha Majumdar, Hidenobu SuzukiTihomir Trichkov, Mattia Passarini, Mahesh LonkarWilly SansonAidan WilliamsPeyton Sickles and Yousuf Tushar.

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