15+ Stunning Wallpapers from National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest 2013

Are you travel a lot? you think your travel photos are good? The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is currently accepting submissions, and already many professional and amateur photographers entered their Awesome, stunning and amazing travel photos. The pictures include Relaxed Kangaroo, Eastern Screech Owl and many more.

If you are the winner, you will get a chance of 10-day Galápagos National Geographic Expedition for two. The Runner up will get a 7-day National Geographic Photography Workshop and third place winner will get a  6-day cruise on a Maine windjammer schooner for two.

I’ve checked up and picked some of the photos from the submitted pictures for this contest. I love the spectacular picture  ‘Door to Hell’ by Priscilla Locke which shows the woman standing at the edge of the Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan. Known as the Door to Hell, this flaming crater has been burning for decades, fueled by the rich natural gas reserves found below the surface.

Here’s the list of 15 best Stunning Images of National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest 2013

Spotters paradise

Photographer : Bernie Verhoeven

“Where big jets skim the beach,enthralling the spectators…”

 Door To hell

Photographer : Priscilla Locke

“Standing at the edge of the Darvaza crater in Turkmenistan.  Known as the Door to Hell,  this flaming crater has been burning for decades, fueled by the rich natural gas reserves found below the surface.”

Portrait of one chilled out Kangaroo

Photographer : Graham McGeorge

“Jeez Louise…Those cookies were good”

Kazakh eagle hunters

Photographer : Tariq Sawyer

“Eagle hunting is a Kazakh tradition that dates back 2,000 years. Around 350 Kazakh Eagle Hunters are keeping the tradition alive in the Altai Mountains, Mongolia.”

Another perspective of the day

Photographer: Dody Kusuma

“The fisherman at Bira Beach.”

Cormorant fisherman

Photographer: Andrey Pavlov

“Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in China. Fishermen control the birds by tying a snare near the bird’s throat in order to prevent the birds from swallowing larger fish. This technique is practiced in the early morning before sunrise or in the hours before dusk, when fishermen attract the fish with lantern light.

“Unfortunately, cormorant fishing is long past its glory days and nowadays only a few fishermen from fishing villages along Li-river still practice it.”

Barranco camp at night

Photographer: Trevor Booth

“Barranco camp was our third on our seven-day hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was taken after dinner while the group was getting ready to get a good night’s rest before tackling infamous Barranco Wall in the morning.”

Cusco sunset

Photographer: Blake Burton

“The view from our hotel room in the San Blas district of Cusco. This area of town overlooked the rest of the city and gave us a breathtaking view as the sun and rain mixed one evening.”

Mount Erebus Ice Cave

Photographer: Alasdair Turner

“A scientist climbs out of an ice cave formed by volcanic vents near the summit of Mt Erebus, Antarctica.”


Photographer: Fauzan Maududdin

“This image was taken at Pacu Jawi Festival. A Traditional Bull-race that usually held after harvesting period, by Minangkabau People especially villagers at Tanah Datar, West of Sumatra. Best cows and jockeys are judge by the way they run the track fast and straight.

“Every race always attended by hundreds of people around the region, along with a farmers fair that held there. This event were only exist in Tanah Datar, Minangkabau Region, west of Sumatra.”

Midnight Tree

Photographer: Max Seigal

“I hiked several hours through the night in Patagonia to find a tree I had seen a few days earlier and photograph it with the night sky.”

King of the penguins

Photographer: Nancy Dowling

“Taken at Booth Island in Antarctica.”

Hagia Sophia Museum

Photographer: Melih Sular

“Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called the eighth wonder of the world by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century.

It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Ataturk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.”


Photographer: Joshua Holko

“Goðafoss is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Located in the central north of the island translucent aqua water cascades over the horseshoe shaped falls and races down the canyon. Icicles cling to its rock ledges and fresh snow lies across the landscape under soft diffuse light of the type that only Iceland can deliver.”

Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl

Photographer : Graham McGeorge

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.

That’s it for this week.. We will update this gallery when more photos added to the contest.

What do you think about these amazing photos and Which one of the snap in this list will going to win this contest ?


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