15 stunning entries from the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

2015 NatGeo Traveler Photo Contest (June Selects) (DO NOT TOUCH or use photos elsewhere!!)
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15 stunning entries from the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

The famous hall "Halle der Circe" is located at the end of the highest-lying touristic cave in the world (2100 m alt.), which can be reached only by experienced cavers. With proper lighting the permanent ice in the hall shines in beautiful blue tones, which add enchantment atmosphere to the frozen hall.

(Photo and caption by Peter Gedei/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

As it called in Oman, its one of the traditional styles of camel racing between two camels controlled by expert men, the faster camel is the loser one, so they must be running by the same speed level in the same track.

(Photo and caption by Ahmed Al Toqi/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

This is taken at the volcanic beach at Stokksnes in south-eastern Iceland in February 2015. I used a 2-second exposure to capture the water trails as the waves receded over rocks at the edge of the beach, just as the sun was setting behind me, illuminating the mighty Vesturhorn mountain and some peaks in the far distance.

(Photo and caption by Sophie Carr/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

It was minutes before sunset in Masai Mara reservation and moments before we arrive at the camp where I saw hundreds of wild beast heading toward the river. one of the wild beasts was still and staring at me . A shot with a slow shutter produced this photo.

(Photo and caption by Mohammed Yousef/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

I was working at my family farm some 150 km from the Calbuco Volcano when a friend called me and told me what was happening, I took my camera and tripod and drove to Puerto Varas where a quiet chaos was ensuing and decided to keep on driving to darker area. Upon arrival the volcano was quiet again, not even vapour coming out so a little disapointed I went to rest. Two hours later hell broke loose and I could take some of the pictures I was dreaming about ever since Chaiten eruption in 2008.

(Photo and caption by Eduardo Minte Hess/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

The late afternoon sun shines down on the Gorner Glacier above the Swiss town of Zermatt. The radiant heat offers enough warmth to let algae grow in the snow and cast a pink hue with their growth. The seasonal weather also causes the ice to crack and melt, which causes rivers and waterfalls to form from the runoff and cascade down the giant rock face of Monte Rosa Massif.

(Photo and caption by Derek Gerstmann/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

The island of Borneo, which is split between the countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, was once covered with a lush tropical rainforest, but in the wake of ongoing deforestation and the expansion of plantation farming, the habitats of the island’s endemic and endangered species are being destroyed rapidly. Relentless deforestation has precipitated the loss of 90% of the orangutan population in 100 years. At this rate, some expect this species to become extinct within the next 20 years.

(Photo and caption by Yosuke Kashiwakura/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

Sunrise at Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Aerial Image. If you look carefully, you might notice the person enjoying this natural beauty.

(Photo and caption by Jassen T./National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.

(Photo and caption by Davide Simiele/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

Every year, humpback whales come to Kingdom of Tonga during July to September.

The mothers raise their babies and when they are enough strong they go far away to the cold water.

During whale watching activity, you can live some incredible experiences by interaction with this fabulous mammal.

This young calf played with me during 30 minutes under the control of his mother, a great memory!

(Photo and caption by Marc Henauer/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

The little tarsier, nicely nestled in a leaf, suddenly opens its eyes!  They are nocturnal so what a surprise.  These tiny primates (3 to 6 inches) are found only in the Philippines and most of them are in sanctuaries.  This one was in a sanctuary in Bohol Island.

(Photo and caption by Bonnie Stewart/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

This disorienting photo was taken from a cliff overlooking Lake Louise in Banff national park. The two people are enjoying a canoe ride on Lake Louise's turquoise waters.

(Photo and caption by Ben Leshchinsky/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

I visited Deadvlei in 2008. The personal emotional and spiritual connection I felt with "The Beginning" I know I had to return someday.  That time came in May of 2015.  I knew I had to make a photograph that reflected how I felt during my first visit and on this visit.  I did capture it.  I fell it was not just a sense of place but a sense of time.

(Photo and caption by Christopher R Gray/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

Lion cub jumping on mother's head, Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa.

(Photo and caption by Marja Schwartz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

Beautiful tornado tracks in open farm land narrowly missing a home near Simla, Colorado.

(Photo and caption by James Smart/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)


With the entry deadline looming for the 27th annual Traveler Photo Contest, this month's round of submissions continued to expose 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 rules are simple: 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.

To enter, visit http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest-2015/rules.

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