The National Geographic jet set: Breath-taking shots taken around the world by photographers vying for the 2013 Traveler Photo Contest.National Geographic is calling for travelers the world over to share their epic adventures with its readers.
The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is now accepting submissions, and thousands of professional and amateur snappers have already entered their stunning travel pictures showcasing everything from Hindu devotees in Malaysia to a fearless climber in St Erebus, Antarctica.
The winner of the 2013 Traveler Photo Contest will receive a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos and have their prized photo published in National Geographic Traveler magazine. Runner up with be awarded a seven-day National Geographic Photography Workshop, while third prize is a six-day cruise on a Maine windjammer schooner for two.
Some of the wonderful photos already submitted include a spectacular image titled ‘Door to Hell’ by Priscilla Locke, which shows a woman standing at the edge of the fiery Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan. The crater has been burning for decades, fueled by the rich natural gas reserves found below the surface. In a quirky entry, traveler Melih Sular captures record seller Ahmet as he pokes his head through a gap in his exhaustive collection.
Photographers can enter their favorite travel memories in any of four categories including travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments.
The power of the Criollo: Photo and caption by Chris Schmid for the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest