This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Are you a talented photographer? Do you think you have a shot at winning the contest this year? Submit your photographs in four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. The entry fee is $15 per photo, but there’s no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries are due by Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 6:59 p.m. EDT.
The competition will be fierce, according to Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine’s editor in chief. “In the last few years, it seems as if the quality of shots has taken a quantum leap forward,” Bellows said. “The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult.”
Should you enter the contest, here are 12 of the beautiful photos you’ll be competing against.
Two newly hatched Gentoo penguin chicks get their first glimpse at the Antarctic wilderness in Richard Sidey's photograph. (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
MORNING GAME DRIVE
Photographer Douglas Croft wrote, "Our first morning game drive on Safari in South Africa brought us this magnificent leopard. He was bathed in the orange hues of the sunrise and it was breathtaking." (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
"I have seen alligators and turtles together in ponds before, but never like this," Mary Ellen Urbanski says of her photo. "I was at Bluebill Pond in Harris Neck NWR when I saw what I thought was an alligator sunning itself on a stump. As I got closer, I realized that it was actually perched on the back of a turtle! I wish I had been there to witness how this surprising esprit de corps had came to pass!" (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
WHO NEEDS TO FLY?
Paul Lee says of his photo, "This is one of the Big Major Cay's pigs swimming in the clear, turquoise waters of the Bahamas. Pigs are great swimmers!" (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Peter Stanley describes his photograph: "A 2-year-old mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) of the Sabinyo family plays in the bamboo forest of Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. In 1981, this population fell to 240 because of rampant poaching and habitat loss. Today, the population is estimated to be around 800 and rising, and this photograph represents the exciting turnaround and hope for the next generation. Thank you to the conservationists, rangers and educators working to protect these magnificent cousins of ours and their habitat in the Virunga massif." (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
IN THE RAIN
"This photograph was taken while I was on vacation in South Carolina," says photographer Kandace Stroupe. "It was a rainy miserable day until I happened upon this alligator hanging out in a local pond." (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
RUFFLED FEATHER INSPECTION
"A cafe outside of Aquas Calientes in the Cuzco region of Peru has perches for wild parrots that come and feed on seed and fruit left out for them," says photographer Adam Lichtcsien. "This curious little fella was peeking out from behind a leaf to get a better look at me. Apparently, he was entertained by the odd human with the camera because he let me get only a few inches away, where my ring light could better illuminate his beautiful feathers." (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
LOOK INTO MY EYES
Natalie Murray describes her photograph: "This picture was taken on a game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The park contains a wide diversity of fauna, flora and landscapes, and incorporates semi arid landscapes all the way to a marine reserve. These zebra were so calm and you just got the feeling they wanted to be photographed!" (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
This photo depicts a family of snow monkeys cuddling up together for security and warmth. Says photographer Petra Bensted, "They appeared very protective of one another and seemed unsure of my presence." (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
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Jessi Fikan's photo depicts a surprise companion, the Pacific tree frog, lurking in the lichen. (2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
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