Back in March, we first told you about the start of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, one of the most exciting contests for those passionate about traveling and photography. Now in its 26th year, the contest asks anyone with a camera to show National Geographic their best travel experiences. The four categories you can submit your photos in are Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments.
You can check out some of the early entries, here. Courtesy of National Geographic, here are ten more outstanding images that will inspire you to pick up your camera, pack your bags, and head off on your own crazy adventure!
Hurry back, though. You now only have until June 30 to submit your photos for a chance to win the grand prize, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska.
Above: Floating Car
Location: Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is [a] miracle. I was so moved by this landscape. I walked away from the car and took this photo in complete silence.
Photo and caption by Takashi Nakagawa/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Living on the Tundra
Location: Siberia, Russia
Young Nenet boy in Siberia Yamal plays in -30 degrees.
Photo and caption by Simon Morris/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Cub Scouts Honor
Location: Alaska-Chigmit Mountains
While watching her mother dive for salmon in the frigid glacier water of the Crescent River, this young brown bear cub couldn’t contain her excitement and stood up on her rear legs and politely made a waving direction towards me. In a matter of one hour this young cub ate several salmon that were provided by her intelligent and fearless mother. Deep in the Alaskan wilderness this brown bear family provided my favorite image of the year.
Photo and caption by Kevin Dietrich/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
The high cliffs of Svalbard drop steeply into the sea, the eroded green cliffs, remnant snow and aquamarine sea create an abstract visual impression.
Photo and caption by Stuart Chape/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Diver in Magic Kingdom
Location: Grüner See at Tragöss – Austria
Green Lake (Grüner See) is located Tragöss, Austria. In spring, snowmelt raises the lake level about 10 meters. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks, covers the hiking trails, meadows, [and] trees. The result is magical to watch diving landscapes.
Photo and caption by Marc Henauer/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
One Eye on You
Short-eared owl in stretching and relaxing mode in Kuwait natural reserve.
Photo and caption by Mohd Khorshid/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Location: Silisarh Lake, Kishanpur, Rajasthan, India
They fish every single day. They spread the net in the lake and wait for the fish to get stuck to it. They collect all the fishes and send them to city.
Photo and caption by Debajit Bose/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Living in a Box
Location: Hong Kong
Living in a Box is living in Hong Kong.
Photo and caption by Norbert Well/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Location: Lake Towada Aomori in Japan.
Lake had frozen, the morning waning moon is visible. Lake Towada Aomori in Japan.
Photo and caption by Sho Shibata/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Location: Italian Dolomites
Winter sunset in the Italian Dolomites on a backcountry traverse. The last rays of sunlight hit the Paternkofel mountain on the left.
Photo and caption by Karin Eibenberger/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest