As summer approaches and many of us are stuck at home or in the office, for me, the internet often acts as a virtual haven where beautiful photography has the power to transport me to various locations across the globe. Now, as I sit and write this piece in sunny Portugal, I realise I'm probably being a little hypocritical; but I'm a traveller by nature and no matter where I am, wanderlust always prevails.

I'm always keen to explore the world, see things I haven't seen before- and I can never stay in one place for too long. Thanks to the internet, I just like many others am able to share my experience abroad with the world, capturing a moment in time that will forever tie itself to memories I have of that specific place. That's a beautiful thing. After perusing the travel section of the National Geographic website (this has become commonplace for my eager travel-hungry disposition), I came across their recent Traveler Photo Contest, where photographers were asked to submit images & captions of their recent trips across the globe. 

I think that pairing images with words is a beautiful thing, so I decided to share some of my favourite stories/images from the editors' picks with you here, enjoy.

 

1) LA DIGUE, SEYCHELLES 

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY ALEXANDRA DIERS

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY ALEXANDRA DIERS

Had only 1 day to shoot a sunset on this island,so i stood really under pressure.It´s the Anse source d'Argent in La Digue,one of the most beautiful islands of the Seychelles. A few minutes later I spotted a small shark behind the rock at the left site. I stood at the top of the rock and looked in to the water. It was amazing, the shark was passing a few meters of the beach in shallow water! These granite rocks are typical for the S. They are millions of years old.

 

2) ASO, JAPAN 

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY HIDEKI MIZUTA

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY HIDEKI MIZUTA

This photo was taken in Aso, Kumamoto, Japan. This fall is called "Nabegataki". Sunshine coming through trees was beautiful.

 

3) VIK, ICELAND

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY REECE MCMILLAN

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY REECE MCMILLAN

There's a pool in the south of Iceland that was once very popular. It was then forgotten when a newer, closer pool was built, and became mildly rundown. It's still accessible after a 20 minute trek toward the base of Eyjafjallajokull, including a creek crossing. The large pool is fed by a small pipe from nearby hot springs, so it isn't the warmest of Iceland's thermal pools, but it's certainly one of the most stunning.

 

4) Cemorolawang, Indonesia

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY NEERAJ NARAYAN

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY NEERAJ NARAYAN

Horsemen of Mount Bromo waiting for the tourists early morning. 4 wheel drive Jeeps will ferry tourist from near by hotels. These horsemen who are minority community are Hindus and belong to Tenggerese tribe. These Horsemen will carry the tourists halfway to the Mount Bromo, active volcano crater. They charge USD 10 per trip during a peak season.

 

5) UXMAL, MEXICO 

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY JUAN AGUILAR

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY JUAN AGUILAR

It goes without saying that Maya pyramids feature in many photographs. Thus, I reckoned that it will not be that easy to get a new glimpse on them. I was just stunned to see that by adding the gate with its aligned stones on the photograph, the pyramid seems to benefit from it: All lines of sight point to this highlight of Uxmal.

 

6) PARO, BHUTAN

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY ROBERT FEAKINS

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY ROBERT FEAKINS

Takstang Monastery, Bhutan, also know as the Tiger's Nest. It is believed to be where the second Buddha brought Buddhism to Bhutan. A steep three hour climb, the Tiger's Nest was shrouded in mist the entire day. On our way back the mist parted briefly, and looking back I took this shot. Nikon, 18-200 zoom.

 

7) Okavango Delta, Botswana

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY ROBERT HAJDU

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY ROBERT HAJDU

This photo was taken during an early morning walking safari in during our travels to the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The elephant became aware of our presence as we've walked passed him in the tall grass, giving us a warning by directing his view toward our direction and raising its ears. Needless to say, being on foot we've proceeded with caution and changed our direction. None the less, this has presented me with the moment of capturing this photo of this amazing creature of our world.

 

8) Monte Piana, Italy

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY SEBASTIAN WAHLHUETTER

People relaxing in hammocks around 40 meters above the ground. This took part in an annual highline meeting in Monte Piana, in the Italian Dolomites last autumn. For some it might look like a nightmare to dangle so far above the ground but for some this was just the way to take a rest.

 

9) Āmer, India

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY RAVIKANTH KURMA

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY RAVIKANTH KURMA

Beautiful view of Jalmahal during sunrise. I wanted to capture the palace and other two water structures also in the frame. Thats why I have used an ultra wide angle lens to capture this frame. Not many tourists visit the place at dawn, so the location is bit peaceful early in the morning. And locals visit the lake in the morning and feed the pigeons and fish in pond. These pigeons keeps flying across the lake once in a while, which I used to fill my frame.

 

10) CURRY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA 

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY MATTHEW SAVILLE

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY MATTHEW SAVILLE

As technology shrinks the world around us, it becomes more and more difficult to find ourselves truly lost in the outdoors. This makes those particular moments and scenes that much more special. Getting to the Diving Board was quite a challenge, as there is no official trail. For anybody who is prepared, careful, and respectful of nature, the reward is one of the most breathtaking views in all of Yosemite, in my opinion.

 

11) RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY ANDRO LORIA

PHOTOGRAPH AND CAPTION BY ANDRO LORIA

Early morning jogger at Copacabana beach, Rio da Janeiro, Brazil. shot taken just after sunrise from a balcony of a hotel. I was taken by a combination of this perfect harmony of nature in various shapes, colours and textures of waves, sand and foam, light and a carioca style of morning dog walking, just had to wait for a nice wave to come along to take a shot.

 

IF YOU ENJOYED THESE IMAGES TAKE A LOOK AT THE FULL SET OF ENTRANTS FOR THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER PHOTO CONTEST. TO SUBMIT YOUR OWN TRAVEL PHOTO, CLICK HERE (CONTEST ENDS JUNE 30TH)

 

Words by Neela (@Foxyneela)

Cover image by Chuang Ko-Min, shot in Melbourne, Australia.

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