Calling all budding photographers! The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014 is underway and there have already been some beautiful entries.
This is the 26th year for the annual competition, which offers some amazing prizes. The winner with an eight-day expedition to Alaska four two. Second prize is a National Geographic photo workshop in Mexico, and third prize is a cruise for two on a Maine windjammer schooner.
"While watching her mother dive for salmon in the frigid glacier water of the Crescent River, this young brown bear cub couldn’t contain her excitement and stood up on her rear legs and politely made a waving direction towards me. In a matter of one hour this young cub ate several salmon that were provided by her intelligent and fearless mother. Deep in the Alaskan wilderness this brown bear family provided my favorite image of the year - Kevin Dietrich
"The moon was so bright and the scene was illuminated by the moonlight. The water was so still make the heritage mountain of Japan Mt. Fuji reflect in the water of lake kawaguchiko makes this landscape a sense of a place" - Danilo Dungo
"The Huli wigmen are traditional warriors of the Tari area in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. They grow their hair from early puberty and fashion it into the wig you see in this image. Each warrior has a different wig, with different adornments: it all depends on who you are in the tribe and what your accomplishments would have been." Vanessa Kerton
A girl smeared with coloured powder during Holi, the Hindu festival of colors in Kuala Lumpur on March 23, 2014. "Holi, the Hindu festival of colours, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and water at each other" - Firdaus Latif