March 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

by twistedsifter


The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is now accepting submissions. Official categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments.

The grand-prize winner will receive an eight-day National Geographic Expedition to Alaska for two aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird. The contest, which is open now, ends June 30 at 12 pm EDT. ENTER HERE

The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Judging consists of two rounds of evaluation based on creativity and photographic quality. The second-prize winner will receive a five-day National Geographic Photography Workshop for one in Santa Fe, N.M., and the third-prize winner will receive a six-day cruise for two on a Maine windjammer schooner. Seven merit-prize winners will receive a print of their photo, matted and framed by the National Geographic Imaging Lab, a $200 gift certificate to B&H Photo and “The Art of Travel Photography” course on DVD from National Geographic and The Great Courses.

The Sifter’s friends at Nat Geo were kind enough to share some notable entries already entered into this year’s contest. Stay tuned for additional coverage of this always amazing contest.


1. Mirrow Wave



The Wave after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day.


2. Forest lights



Aurora Borealis over the forest of the Pyhae Luosto National Park, Finland.


3. Winter Cave



One of the local ice guide guys arriving at a remote ice cave in southeast Iceland.


4. Explosion



Japanese feel the coming of spring I feel by plum blossoms. There is a culture of the cherry blossoms in spring in Japan. It is said was said implication to appreciate the cherry tree is strong now, but to mean plum Speaking of flowers in the Nara period of approximately 1300 before. This was a plum grove sight light goes pointing gradually early in the morning is beautiful too, such as that explosion is like spring.


5. Peek a Boo



Photographing wildlife in Florida is never the easiest task. One of the differences from photographing wildlife in other states has to be the abundance of biting bugs, ticks, deadly snakes and extreme heat and humidity. After bushwhacking my way through the brush, mud and water I was able to set up my gear, and still giving a good safe distance between myself and the nest. The nest appeared empty at first, but after a few minutes I started to see some movement. A pair of beautiful white miniature horns were the first to rise above the twigs before I seen this pair of beautiful Owlet eyes.


6. Iceberg Gallery



Like a scene from a different time on earth, or a completely different planet altogether. Passed down through Jökulsárlón lagoon through an outlet of the Vatnajökull Glacier, Icebergs enter into the North Atlantic. Shaped and polished by the ocean, the tide leaves a magnificent gallery of huge iceberg sculptures on the volcanic black beaches of Iceland. Photographed here at sunset, just after a rain storm. For scale, this Iceberg is about the size of a Jeep.


7. Red rorbu hut



Typical red rorbu huts with sod roof in town of Reine on Lofoten.


8. Duomo



Patrons of Milan’s Novecento Modern Art Museum admiring the city’s Gothic cathedral. Taken with an iPhone.


9. LightSource



Young Monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside of his pagoda – Old Bagan, Burma


10. Epiphany



One of my dreams was it to shoot the night sky when I went on holiday to New Zealand this February. Unfortunately the time was not perfect because of the moon, which was at the beginning nearly the whole night at the sky and also the weather made me change plans. At the end of my trip I had luck an get a clear sky after the sunset although the whole day was very cloudy. I decided to drive to the famous little church in Tekapo and took some shots of the night sky before the moon rose.



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