2015 NatGeo Traveler Photo Contest (DO NOT TOUCH or use photos elsewhere!!)
10 stunning entries from the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest
The mountain road, Trollstigen, in western Norway. I was lucky enough to live here for two months during summer and one evening I saw the valley filling with fog, so I drove up the road to watch the late summer midnight sun set as the fog swayed through the valley below.
This wave is situated right near the CBD of Sydney. Some describe it as the most dangerous wave in Australia, due to it breaking on barnacle covered rocks only a few feet deep and only ten metres from the cliff face. If you fall off you could find yourself in a life and death situation. This photo was taken 300 feet directly above the wave from a helicopter, just as the surfer is pulling under the lip of the barrel.
Blood red water populated with flamingos conjures up an image of only one place in the world: Laguna Colorada. Located in Bolivia's Southern Altiplano, this high altitude lake derives its rusty, burnt-orange hue from algae and plankton that live in the mineral-rich water. I stood atop a windswept ridge and zoomed in with my Nikon D7100 to capture the essence of this place in its simplest terms: the color of the lake and the birds which frequent it.
Lucky timing! The oxpecker was originally sitting on hippo's head. I could see the hippo was going into a huge yawn (threat display?) and the oxpecker had to vacate it's perch. When I snapped the pic, the oxpecker appeared on the verge of being inhaled and was perfectly positioned between the massive gaping jaws of the hippo. The oxpecker also appears to be screeching in terror and back-pedaling to avoid being a snack!
Entries are still rolling in for the 27th annual Traveler Photo Contest, but the current submissions are already exposing viewers to never-before-seen perspectives of their planet.
The contest, hosted by National Geographic, invites professional and amateur photographers from around the world to submit photos into four categories: Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, Spontaneous Moments and Travel Portraits.
The images must be taken within the past two years and may not be edited besides minor color correction and cropping.
Three grand prize winners will be crowned. Third place will win a six-day schooner cruise for two in Maine. The second place winner and a friend will join a National Geographic photographer on a six-day expedition to Yellowstone next winter. The overall winner will also join photographers on a trip, but they will capture the gorgeous wildlife of Panama and Costa Rica. Top prize includes airfare.
Despite the United States' fledgling relationship with Cuba, the nation's citizens are still prohibited from entering the contest. Other countries barred from submitting photographs are Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.
Submissions to the contest will be accepted until June 30th, and a winner will be chosen mid-July.