Otherworldly Winners From National Geographic's Traveler Photo Contest

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The winners of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler's Photo Competition have been announced. This year's prizewinning images are, as always, superb.

Above: "The Independence Day," photographed by Marko Korošec, who captured the image while approaching the storm near Julesburg, Colorado on May 28th, 2013.

In 2014, the competition received more than 18,000 entries from around the globe. You can see this year's full list of winners over at National Geographic, but we've included a few of our favorites below.


Diver in Magic Kingdom

Photo and caption by Marc Henauer / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Green Lake (Grüner See) is located Tragöss Austria. In spring snowmelt raises the lake level about 10 meters. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks covering the hiking trails, meadows, trees. The result is magical to watch diving landscapes.


Location: Grüner See at Tragöss – Austria


Foggy small town

Photo and caption by Duowen Chen / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

This photo was captured at noon, 25.12.2013, from the castle which is located on the edge of the small town and is the perfect viewpoint for the panorama of the almost intact historical town. The fog and mist suffused and gave the town a sense of mystery.


Location: Český Krumlov, South Bohemian, Czech Republic


End of the World

Photo and caption by Sean Hacker Teper / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

This photo, taken at the 'end of the world' swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua. The eruption took place on February 1st, 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud.


Location: Banos, Ecuador


A well earned rest in the Sahara

Photo and caption by Evan Cole / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

This photo, of Moussa Macher, our Touareg guide, was taken at the summit of Tin-Merzouga, the largest dune (or erg) in the Tadrat region of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria. Moussa rested while waiting for us to finish our 45 minute struggle to the top. It only took 10 minutes of rolling, running and jumping to get to get back down.


The Tadrat is part of the Tassili N'Ajjer National Park World Heritage Area, famous for its red sand, and engravings and rock paintings of cattle, elephants, giraffes and rhinos that lived there when the climate was milder.

Location: Summit of Tin-Merzouga, Tadrat, Tassili N'Ajjer National Park, Algeria



Photo and caption by Marcelo Castro / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Young Monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside of his pagoda - Old Bagan, Burma


Location: Old Bagan

See the rest of this year's winners at National Geographic.