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2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
  • Seal Loungeroom, taken on Isabella, Galapagos.

    Location: Isabella, Galapagos

    Ryan Essex

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • On the west of Mount Merapi, is the 1km wide turquoise colored acid crater lake called Kawah Ijen. It is the world's largest highly acidic lake (pH<0.5) and it lies inside a larger caldera of the Ijen Volcanoes. To capture this photo, I had to start climbing a steep 3km track before sunrise. Upon arrival, I waited until the sun was just behind Mount Merapi, allowing me to expose the lake's turquoise color in shadow while the rest of the environment was well lit. Luckily, the wind had also swept across just in time, clearing the rising smoke to expose the wondrous landscape in-front of me.

    Location: Kawah Ijen, Mount Merapi, East Java, Indonesia

    Khandakar Usayed

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • This guy was having so much fun swimming along and then doing a loop before surfacing. Was beautiful to watch and amazing to capture!

    Location: Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary

    Claire O'Keeffe

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • Young women dress up and have their faces painted to celebrate the dead. Dia de los Muertos is an incredible celebration of life, and a beautiful way to remember those who have passed.

    Location: Oaxaca, Mexico

    Daniel Kudish

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • Beautiful head dress and face paint of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

    Location: Papua New Guinea

    Wylda Bayron 

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • This photo, taken at the 'end of the world' swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua. The eruption took place on February 1st, 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud.

    Location: Banos, Ecuador

    Sean Hacker Teper

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • South of Ethiopia I found Karo Tribe in Omo Valley. Lots of children playing together and making foots together with someone set in the center!

    Location: Karo Tribe - Omo Valley – Ethiopia

    Hesham Alhumaid

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • In July in Alberta, Canada overlooking beautiful Lake Moraine. First light is around 6:15AM and the sun catching the top of the mountains surrounding the lake is magnificent. To capture this image, you need to climb to the top of the rock pile before sunrise.

    Location: Lake Moraine, Alberta, Canada

    Jeffrey Landman 

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • At 14,000ft in icy winds this llama was completely at home. It was a different world for me. I'd like to think that we shared a moment.

    Location: Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

    Esther Buttery

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • Clew Bay Pipe Band Piper playing at the Achill Island, Ireland Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

    Location: Achill Island,County Mayo Ireland

    Glen McClure

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • Seeing the shafts of light in the canyon is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. It was a surreal feeling being surrounded by the towering cliffs. The only way I could capture this special moment of the weeping walls was after an incredibly torrential rain. I knew I had to get to a shallow portion of the river to unfold my tripod. I was drenched from head to toe by the falling water. Mist and rain covered the camera, but I fired a few shots. As I stood in awe of the scene, the sun broke through for a few seconds and cast God’s rays into the side lit waterfall.

    Location: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

    Peter Lik

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

  • Photographers taking part in a photography tour on the Lofoten Islands in Norway, pull over on the side of the road to take a photo of their first ever Aurora Borealis after spotting it from their tour bus.

    Location: Rystad, Lofoten Islands, Norway

    Mark Gee

    2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest