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Open Again: National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Last updated on: May 07, 2014 12:44 IST

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The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is underway.

The grand-prize winner will receive an eight-day National Geographic expedition to Alaska for two. Entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30.

National Geographic has kindly permitted rediff.com to showcase some of the early entries, gathered from four categories: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, and spontaneous moments. 

We start off with this photograph by James Morgan.

The Queen Mary 2 is the largest ocean liner in the world and her captain, Kevin Oprey, got a fresh view of her size and majesty when he stood on the ship's bulbous bow, which protrudes from the front of the 151,200 tonne liner, to pose for a portrait with his ship.

The photograph, taken to mark the tenth anniversary of the liner in May this year, were shot while she was docked at sea near Benoa off the coast of Bali.

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Photographs: James Morgan/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Red Rorbu Hut

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Typical red rorbu huts with sod roof in town of Reine on Lofoten.

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Photographs: Sausse David/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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LightSource

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A young monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside of his pagoda in Old Bagan, Burma

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Photographs: Marcelo Castro / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Winter Cave

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One of the local ice guide guys arriving at a remote ice cave in southeast Iceland.

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Photographs: Marcelo Castro / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Mirrow Wave

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The wave after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day.

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Photographs: Nicholas Roemmelt / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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Forest lights

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Aurora Borealis over the forest of the Pyhae Luosto National Park, Finland.

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Photographs: Nicholas Roemmelt / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Epiphany

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One of my dreams was it to shoot the night sky when I went on holiday to New Zealand this February. Unfortunately the time was not perfect because of the moon, which was at the beginning nearly the whole night at the sky and also the weather made me change plans. At the end of my trip I had luck an get a clear sky after the sunset although the whole day was very cloudy. I decided to drive to the famous little church in Tekapo and took some shots of the night sky before the moon rose.

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Photographs: Sebastian Warneke / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Iceberg Gallery

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Like a scene from a different time on earth, or a completely different planet altogether. Passed down through Jokulsarlon lagoon through an outlet of the Vatnajokull Glacier, Icebergs enter into the North Atlantic. Shaped and polished by the ocean, the tide leaves a magnificent gallery of huge iceberg sculptures on the volcanic black beaches of Iceland. Photographed here at sunset, just after a rain storm. For scale, this Iceberg is about the size of a Jeep.

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Photographs: Sam Morris / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Peek a Boo

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Photographing wildlife in Florida is never the easiest task. One of the differences from photographing wildlife in other states has to be the abundance of biting bugs, ticks, deadly snakes and extreme heat and humidity.

After bushwhacking my way through the brush, mud and water I was able to set up my gear, and still giving a good safe distance between myself and the nest. The nest appeared empty at first, but after a few minutes I started to see some movement. A pair of beautiful white miniature horns were the first to rise above the twigs before I seen this pair of beautiful Owlet eyes.

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Photographs: Graham McGeorge / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Explosion

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Japanese feel the coming of spring I feel by plum blossoms. There is a culture of the cherry blossoms in spring in Japan. It is said was said implication to appreciate the cherry tree is strong now, but to mean plum Speaking of flowers in the Nara period of approximately 1300 before. This was a plum grove sight light goes pointing gradually early in the morning is beautiful too, such as that explosion is like spring.

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Photographs: Hideyuki Katagiri / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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Grand Canyon

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Capturing the Grand Canyon on this amazing night was a night I will never forget. I waited and waited long after dark telling my fiance and my student that we might get lucky. It paid off and when the first bolt struck, I yelled to the both of them to grab their tripods and I stayed and shot for over 2 hours. Was one of the best moments of my life as a photographer!

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Photographs: Scott Stulberg/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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Mangiabarche

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Lighthouse Mangiabarche (eater of boats) A very wild coast off Calasetta, Sardinia, Italy.

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Photographs: Enrico Puddu/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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