Below are some of the top 50 best travel photos of 2013 chosen by National Geographic Travel.
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Burj Khalifa, Dubai — Photograph by LOOK/Alamy — The observation deck at the Burj Khalifaâthe tallest building in the world at 2,716.5 feetâoffers a panoramic view of the flat desert shores of sea-level Dubai. The building took seven years to build and holds a number of other records, including most number of stories, highest outdoor observation deck, and tallest service elevator. 8BIM
Fisherman, Bangladesh — Photograph by Pronob Ghosh, National Geographic Your Shot — A Bangladeshi fisherman flings open a traditional blue net to catch tiny shrimp. His village, Gabura, is in southwestern Bangladesh and has been studied for the effects of climate change.
Cherry Blossoms, Japan —Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic —In Japan the nighttime viewing of cherry blossoms in spring, like these at Kyoto’s Hirano Shrine, is a special event. “The cherries’ only fault: the crowds that gather when they bloom,” wrote Saigyo, a 12th-century poet.
Arctic Fox, Canada — Photograph by Norbert Rosing, National Geographic — Before dawn, a brilliant full moon illuminates the snowy landscape of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, home to an arctic fox. The fox’s coat changes color with the seasons; as the snow melts it begins to turn grayish brown.
Pomerania, Poland — Photograph by Kacper Kowalski, Panos Pictures — Fall colors blaze out in concentric rings from a lake in eastern Pomerania, Poland. The region on the south shore of the Baltic Sea is largely covered with farmlandâand vast swaths of forest.
Lake Mývatn, Iceland —Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen, National Geographic —“Pseudo craters” mark the land surrounding Lake Mývatn in Iceland. The southern part of the lake rests on a lava flow that was emitted 2,000 years ago. The pseudo craters are continually formed as water trapped beneath the Earth’s surface turns to steam and explodes through the layer above.
Colosseum, Rome — Photograph by Gabriele Forzano, Reuters — A rare snow shower falls on Rome’s Colosseum, built 2,000 years ago to host gladiator duels, battle reenactments, and other public spectacles. Today the 50,000-seat amphitheater serves Rome in another capacity: as a major tourist attraction.
Deer Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park —Photograph by Corey Rich, Aurora —Most of the nearly five million people who visit Grand Canyon National Park each year simply take in the stunning views from the rim. The more adventurous descend the canyon and get up close to rock that dates back 1.8 billion years. Here, hikers traverse Deer Creek Trail, an overnight trip that’s one of the most popular routes in the park.
First Place: Dig me river – I was in Manaus/Amazon during the Brazilian Aquathlon (swimming and running) championship in . This river is called Rio Negro (Black River) due to water color. Rio Negro is the largest left tributary of the Amazon, the largest blackwater river in the world. While the name Rio Negro means Black River, its waters aren’t exactly black; they are similar in color to strong tea. The dark color comes from humic acid from incomplete breakdown of phenol. I photographed it from the water and my lens got completely wet, but there was so energy in this boys that I just didn’t worry about that.Photo and caption by Wagner Araujo/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
The 25th National Geographic Travel Photo Contest’s winners had been announced!
National Geographic Traveler magazine received more than 15,500 entries from skilled photographers from around the world for its 25th annual photo contest.
Taken in locations from Brazil to Kenya, the winning pictures show everything from quiet landscapes to surprising moments.
Here are the winning images, please click the photos for larger images.
Second Place: Thunderstorm at False Kiva – I hiked out to these ruins at night hoping to photograph them with the milky way, but instead a thunderstorm rolled through creating this dramatic image.Photo and caption by Max Seigal/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Third Place: Say cheese – Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya.Photo and caption by Yanai Bonneh/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: The TataHonda sect – The photographer could get inside of an enclosed sect named Tatahonda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The ladies are preparing for their religious ceremony.Photo and caption by Hideyuki Katagiri/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Sakura – Cherry blossom is called Sakura in Japanese.Cherry blossom is Japanese symbolic flower.There are various kinds in a cherry tree and an especially old cherry tree has many kinds called Edo-Higan. The trees of the cherry tree exceeding hundreds of years are located in a line with a nebula this temple, and if spring comes every year,can looks at a powerful spectacle can do it. This photograph focused on Edo-Higan and photographed Beni-Sidare which is back together.Photo and caption by Hideyuki Katagiri/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Children of Reindeer – Mikael Ande, a child of Sami reindeer herders, takes a break indoors after a long, cold day of rounding up the animals for vaccinations and slaughter. Children of reindeer herders learn to handle these animals and the land they thrive in from infancy – young Mikael here knew far more about the ways of nature than I could ever hope to learn.Photo and caption by Michelle Schantz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Piano play at sunset – Streets of Queenstown, New Zealand at the end of one more day filled with adrenaline. Calming and doleful scene with piano sound in the background.Photo and caption by Nikola Smernic/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl – Masters of disguise. The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey.Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Guanjiang Shou – Guanjiang Shou troupes are one of Taiwan most popular activities that may be seen all over Taiwan at traditional folk religion gatherings. With their fiercely painted faces, protruding fangs and powerful, choreographed performances, they are easily recognized, They may be described as underworld police or gods’ bodyguards.Photo and caption by Chan Kwok Hung/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Merit: Lady in Water – A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar, 2013.Photo and caption by Marcelo Salvador/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Viewers Choice: Another perspective of the day – The fisherman at Bira Beach.Photo and caption by Dody Kusuma/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest