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2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Entries

April 26, 2013

National Geographic invited photographers from around the world to enter the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest where the grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour.

“Our photo contest turns 25 this year, making it, we believe, the longest-running travel photo contest in the world,” said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor in chief. “In the last few years it seems as if the quality of shots has taken a quantum leap forward. The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult. We encourage photographers to enter their work and compete against the best.”


Light footed penguin – Penguin in action – Photo and caption by Nancy Dowling/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl – The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey. – Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Masters of disguise.


Door to Hell – Standing at the edge of the Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan. Known as the Door to Hell, this flaming crater has been burning for decades, fueled by the rich natural gas reserves found below the surface – Photo and caption by Priscilla Locke/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Go afoss – Goï afoss is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Located in the central north of the island translucent aqua water cascades over the horseshoe shaped falls and races down the canyon. Icicles cling to its rock ledges and fresh snow lies across the landscape under soft diffuse light of the type that only Iceland can deliver – Photo and caption by Joshua Holko/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Midnight Tree – I hiked several hours through the night in Patagonia to find a tree I had seen a few days earlier and photograph it with the night sky.Photo and caption by max seigal/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Ice On the Lake – I was walking around Lake Baikal at sunset and spotted this ice. I laid on the cold, frozen surface with my zoom lens and took this picture. Photo and caption by Edward Graham/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Cowboy in a ribbon of light – Rodeos always provide a sense of place. There's action, dirt, pride, you name it. It's a loud, flashy sport, with cheering and showboating. But on the underbelly are quiet moments. The moments between bucking broncs, beer drinking and the announcers crude jokes. Moments like this one, where a young boy waits patiently for the next horse to come charging out of the chutes. Photo and caption by Dylan Brown/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Walk With Me – It was amazing to watch several family groups of elephants around the river. The little ones run around and play like puppies, but the tiny ones stay very close to their mothers. We were fortunate to capture this magical moment with mother and baby. Photo and caption by Douglas Croft/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Tourists – Red eyed tree frog posing for pictures. Photo and caption by Sally Harmon/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.


The power of the Criollo – The power of the Criollo horses at the Cabanha Ipu„ located in Paran‡, Brazil. The Criollo is the native horse of Uruguay (1910), Argentina (1918), Brazil (1932) and Paraguay. It may have the best endurance of any horse breed in the world next to the Arabian. Photo and caption by Chris Schmid/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


The Galactic Squid – While on a night dive in the waters off Okinawa Japan this reef squid showed up. The time and Air i spent trying to get close to him paid off. Photo and caption by Cameron Knudsen/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


One Mothers Love – I love watching the affection and attention that Bonobos have for their young. They truly are a wonderful species of ape. Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


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