Best travel photos of 2014

The National Geographic Traveler magazine’s photo contest winners have been announced.

Best travel photos of 2014

Receiving over 18,000 entries from all around the world, the results from the National Geographic Traveler magazine’s photo contest for 2014 have been announced.

From stunning ice caves to mysterious desert views, judges had the hard job of reviewing thousands of pictures to select three overall winners and seven runners up.

First place was taken out by Marko Korošec for his apocalyptic photo of a storm cloud near Julesburg in Colorado, USA, with National Geographic Traveler director of photography Dan Westergren claiming the striking image stopped judges in their tracks.

Click NEXT to see the second place winner

Agnieszka Traczewska’s photo entitled First Time was awarded second place. Taken in Mea Shearim, an ultra-Orthodox district of Jerusalem, it features a newly married couple after their arranged marriage who are about to stay together for the very first time, alone. 

Click NEXT to see the third place winner

Third place was Marc Henauer’s Diver in Magic Kingdom – a photo of Green Lake in Tragöss, Austria. In spring, melted snow raises the level of the lake by 10 metres, allowing Henauer to capture a diver swimming over a hiking trail.

You can take a look at all the photos at National Geographic.

Which one would you have picked to win?


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    17th Jan 2015
    for a travel photo I would choose no. 3 The nothers are not really travel type photos.
    17th Jan 2015
    A couple of great news pictures - but I thought this was a travel photo competition.
    17th Jan 2015
    Number 3. It is peaceful, colourful and makes me wish I was there.
    17th Jan 2015
    I agree with Groovy and pate. No 3 is not only a travel photo but a very unusual one at that.
    A. N. Onymous
    18th Jan 2015
    I found lots of information including descriptions and judges’ reactions at (which I got to via the link in this YLC article).

    The article title is misleading in that the contest is not only for travel photos. It has four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments.

    The first place winner was entered in the contest in the “Outdoor Scenes” category (although the photographer’s description indicates he was travelling at the time). “While on storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S. I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching a storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on May 28, 2013. The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but it stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain.” (The remarks of one of the judges about the photo are also interesting – see the link above.)

    The Jewish wedding photo (second place winner) was entered in the Spontaneous Moments category. The photographer’s description: “Mea Shearim, the ultra-Orthodox district of Jerusalem. Newly married couple Aaron and Rivkeh will be alone together for the first time after their wedding ceremony. Their marriage was arranged by their families. The 18-year-olds met once to confirm the choice; since then they have been prohibited to meet or even talk.” (Again, the remarks of one of the judges are worth reading, I think.)

    It’s definitely worth looking at the other winning photos (and reading the descriptions/comments, etc), too. Many are worth downloading for wallpaper (download links for desktop, iPad and iPhone4 at the site).

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