18 Extraordinary Entries For The 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest.
One of the advantages of traveling, besides the time off, is the universal realization that being stuck to our laptops and smartphones is overly mundane, tedious and uninspiring. There is so much beauty all around us that the only reason we should ever really use technology is to capture the moments in a photograph or video clip.
In fact, the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest encourages all amateur shutterbugs to capture their best work and submit in the hopes that their photos will be selected amongst the very best in the world. What an honor to have an institution of such distinction, as it really is the standard of photographic excellence, highlight an amateur’s work.
The annual contest highlights the natural and simple wonders found on each continent. In its 27th year, the contest welcomes photography enthusiasts to share their globetrotting pictures. Entries can still be submitted until June 30, 2015. Take a look at some of the latest submissions.
Millions of tulips
A bird ́s view of tulip fields near Voorhout in the Netherlands, photographed with a drone in April 2015
Small icebergs from the glaciers fronts in Isfjorden pays a visit to Longyearbyen on Svalbard. The ice slowly melts away in the sun and beautiful sculptures are created. The magical arctic spring light adds its touch to the scene. Panorama made from two photos.
In April 2015 my dream come true and I have been able to visit the country of my dreams, Japan! This photo was taken while wondering the streets of Kyoto, it was raining a lot and all i could see was the sea of colourful umbrellas, until I spotted this girl. There was something about her that made me want to press the shutter. I liked her grace and peacfull look. The moment after I made this photo, I knew that I had captured something special. It has become my faviorite from entire holiday...
Boys in Clifton Beach in Cape Town jumping into the Atlantic Ocean.
As Free as a Soap Bubble
This little boy is chasing soap bubbles in the middle of Piazza Novena in Roma during Christmas season Dec 2014. Watching him brought back my wonderful childhood memories as I remembered how me too used to chase soap bubbles around. How carefree those days were. Spontaneously catching this wonderful moment on camera is wonderful as it will always remind of happy times and a happy trip to Rome in Dec 2014.
This photo was taken during an afternoon safari in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. This huge male elephant was roaming around some bushes while we approached. However, he passed by as if he did not perceive us and continued feeding from leaves and grass. Such a close encounter was surely breathtaking.
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