A spot of undersea cruising in the Big Blue: Taken with a Nikon D3100, this view of sharks swimming off the coast of French Polynesia shows an interesting 50/50 split of sea and sky
Shot with a Nikon D3100
These are just some of the incredible shots entered so far in the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014, the 26th time the National Geographic has invited photographers from around the world to enter their work with a chance of winning a trip of a lifetime.
Underwater scenes, landscapes and a variety of animals caught in spontaneous poses are some of the entries which have been sent into the competition, and National Geographic are keen to see more.
The four categories this year are 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.
Alaska’s Inside Passage Expedition is a unique trip to explore the remote wilderness and remarkable wildlife of southeastern Alaska with a team of expert naturalists.
Throughout the contest, which ends on June 30, National Geographic Traveler magazine photo editors will showcase their favorite entries every week on the site.
Visitors to the website can view all the entries and share them with family and friends through Twitter and Facebook, as well download wallpapers and complete jigsaw puzzles featuring contest entries.
Enjoy the fantastic shots – photo credits at the bottom left of each image. In the meantime, could you do better? Details at the end…
Divine makeover: Taken during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha, which festival takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam, the day after Mahashivarathiri (The great night of Shiva). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in Southern India.
Don’t leave any food out unless you don’t mind some hungry house guests: The giraffes at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor are totally at home with humans. They will eat out of your hand, or even off your plate…
Sunset in Longji: Taken at the end of afternoon in a wonderful place called Longji rice field terrace in Guangxi Province.
Are you here for the Winery Tour? A Western Grey Kangaroo caught lounging in the wineries of the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. ‘This past Autumn has been a spectacular time for wildlife viewing and I got lucky to spot this guy while mountain biking in the hills,’ says the photographer. ‘It’s such a funny stance it just begs the question… Have you been on the winery tour? I figured it would be perfect for an entry’
Oceanic Flight: ‘While on a trip to unhook live sharks from fishermen’s longlines, we were lucky enough to run into a massive school of mobula rays. The rays were moving quite fast and it was hard enough keeping up with them from the surface, let alone dive down to take a closer look. This photo was taken freediving to a depth of about 60 ft.’
Happy Camping: ‘Camping beneath the beauty of the Aurora Borealis in Southern Iceland in the Fall of 2013. An odd sort of reflection with the tent and the sky happening.’
Gentoo Walking On Water: ‘A returning Gentoo on the shores of New Island, Falklands with a belly full of Krill for its young ones.’
Liquid Emerald: ‘I stood at the base of Niagara Falls in Ontario Canada with my camera, tripod and ND filter and 10 million gallons of water per minute. My camera was soaking when I was done and didn’t think I had achieved the effect I wanted, but later found out it was worth taking an involuntary shower compliments of mother nature to get this photo.’
A Love Mysterious: ‘The sun sets as the majestic fog of the Pacific coast glides under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The long exposure of the fog reveals a silky texture as the low clouds rise and fall over San Francisco’s trademark hills. All the while, tourists and locals alike make their drive along the mountainside, to try and capture the moment for themselves.’
An Alien World: ‘Hang Son Doong is located in central Vietnam and is the largest cave in the world. It was only explored for the first time in 2009 and is just now opening up to very limited tourism. This photo shows some members of our party beginning the climb up one of the two collapsed cave roof sections or “dolines” that are prominent features in Hang Son Doong.The vegetation that can be seen is still entirely inside the cave, with the real jungle floor some 150 metres further above.’
On the Web:
To submit photographs, contestants should visit nationalgeographic.com/travelerphotocontest
Check out the official rules at http://on.natgeo.com/1i80wEV