• Diversity of Earth Photos

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    PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013 9:01 pm

    The awesome diversity of Earth captured for National Geographic Contest

    By James Nye dailymail.co.uk
    PUBLISHED: 23:09 GMT, 24 June 2013 | UPDATED: 07:40 GMT, 25 June 2013

    The wonder and beauty of Planet Earth is illustrated perfectly in this years ongoing series of entries submitted for National Geographic Traveler’s Photo Contest  (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/)

    Regardless of whether the images were captured by amateur or professional photographers, thousands of pictures flooded into the contest which boasts four categories, including portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments.

    This latest batch of ‘outdoor scene’ entries to the competition which will run up to June 30th, includes highlights such as a lone fennec, or desert fox pawing its way across sand dunes to a single Bibron’s gecko feasting on bugs attracted by the light of a tent.

    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.

    ‘Our photo contest turns 25 this year, making it, we believe, the longest-running travel photo contest in the world,’ said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor in chief.

    ‘In the last few years it seems as if the quality of shots has taken a quantum leap forward. The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult. We encourage photographers to enter their work and compete against the best.’


    FÈnec The Soul of The Desert(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/206824/view/): The fennec, or desert fox is a canine mammal species of the genus Vulpes, which inhabits the Sahara Desert and Arabia. With its features ears, this is the smallest species of the family Canidae. It is endangered and its main threat is illegal in other countries


    Hidden in Plain Sight(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/208204/view/): During my visit to the Amalfi Coast in Italy I ventured for a day to Sorrento. This gorgeous island had an amazing coastline that I stuck to for the day. Because of a mix-up with ferry dock numbers I missed my ferry and had to wait two hours for the next one. I decided I would head back to town and went down a street I had passed a few times that day. The ground opened up, almost out of nowhere, where this absolute beauty, apparently “Valle dei Mulini”, was which I gazed at and shot for almost the entire period before I left for my next boat.


    If Only I Could Fly(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/200752/view/): Spontaneous moment captured contemplating a beautiful and colorful sunset with all city lights down below


    Flying Monk(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/209401/view/): Young monks begin their service very early in life in their studies in the monastery.This monk was young and energetic and decided to “fly” in his exuberance for life .


    SHEIKH ZAYED MOSQUE(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/210049/view/): A reflection of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the basin of the fountain opposite the mosque where the main dome of the mosque appears.


    Tormenta(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/209066/view/): On June 4, 2011 began Cordon Caulle eruption, located in the Region of Los Rios in Chile. A rash that lasted about 12 months where people and animals had become accustomed to living with the daily fall of ash, which also caused problems in the air traffic in the south of America. The first days of the eruption could be seen from hundreds of miles around explosions and thunderstorms from the expulsion of lava. This photograph was taken on the second night of eruption from the town of Lago Ranco.


    Coming of Age(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/208776/view/): Seijin no Hi or Coming of Age Day is a traditional Japanese holiday which is organized on the second Monday in January. In Japan the age of majority is 20 wearing kimono.


    Snowmelt in the mountains(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/213197/view/): This picture was taken in Spain (Parque natural “Sierra de Grazalema”). In meadows where cattle during heavy rains, many small gaps are formed. These ponds raised slightly eutrophic freshwater algae. These algae live with herbaceous plants and when the lakes freeze very attractive compositions are created. Here we appreciate frozen bubbles and lines formed on thawing. This occurs when the temperature rises past dawn. I used macro lens because this wild geranium leaf (Erodium sp.) is very small.


    Religious procession in Cadiz(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/213892/view/)


    Swim with Jelly Fish(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/214311/view/): Its like a dream when u swimming with harmless jellyfish…


    Temple At The Foot of Mount Bromo(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/207725/view/): At the foot of the active Volcano Bromo on the Island of Java lies the Hindu Temple Pura Luhur Poten which is often immersed in a soft mist at dusk. On this day Mount Bromo showed unusually strong activity, which lead to a exceptionally high and dense dust cloud.


    Geyser Eruption at Night(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/209465/view/): The eruption of old faithful geyser at night.


    The Scream(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/207787/view/): Taken during a dive . 6 m deep. A young yellow mouth eel.


    Walking Chameleon(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/215373/view/):It is a domestic animal of a small boy.


    The Reynisdrangar, Iceland(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/208329/view/): Basalt sea stacks called Reynisdrangar, located under the Reynisfjall mountain, close to Vik i Myrdal in southern Iceland. The legend was that there were three trolls who were pulling a three masted ship to the shore unsuccessfully, but they were caught by the sunlight at dawn and turned them into needles of rock.


    A rare reflection(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/208034/view/):  Returning from a snorkeling excursion during a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, wind speed dropped to zero and the ocean became a mirror. As the horizon disappeared, only the seaplane, sitting confidently between the blue elements, provided a sense of space and felt like a link to the rest of the world.


    Fly Cap For A Vine Snake(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/213656/view/): A fly lands on the head of a vine snake in the Choco of Colombia.


    Starry Starry Night(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/209609/view/): In the rainy season the insects are in abundance in the Kalahari desert. Outside my tent is a big light and attracts lots of bugs. The Bibron’s gecko’s take advantage and perched themselves anywhere close to the light-source and have a feast. The glow from the left is from my fire.


    Shadows and Light(http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/213941/view/): A lone tree in the Palouse region of Washington glows brilliantly in the sunlight as clouds pass by, isolating it in a band of light.  Undulating hills provide depth to the lit scene, captured during the brief growing season where the wheat is a rich shade of green.

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