10 Stunning Photos From The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest inspires a wanderlust within us like nothing else. The photos submitted from all over the world capture the beauty of natural wonder and cultures so different from our own.

If you’re a photographer that would like to see your work featured in the series, submissions for the photo contest are open until June 30. The winner of the contest will receive an eight-day National Geographic Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two.

For the rest of us, we’ll just take a tour of the world via our screens. Scroll through the photos below for some awe-inspiring action and click here to see some of the other featured shots:

1. Höfn, Iceland

“This is taken at the volcanic beach at Stokksnes in southeastern Iceland in February 2015. I used a two-second exposure to capture the water trails as the waves receded over rocks at the edge of the beach, just as the sun was setting behind me, illuminating the mighty Vesturhorn mountain and some peaks in the far distance.”
(Photo and caption by Sophie Carr/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

2. Taichung City, Taiwan
“Matsu, the Goddess of the sea. Every year on Matsu’s birthday, the believers place a great amount of firecrackers under Matsu’s palanquin, they surround it and ignite the firecrackers causing a cinematic blast scene. The believers believe that the stronger the blast is, the more luck Matsu will bring, hence everything will be prosperous for you in the coming year!”
(Photo and caption by 泓愷 陳/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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“I took this photo while the Brazilian football team was playing for the World —> Read More