National Geographic’s annual travel photography competition has kicked off, and is open for entries until 27 May 2016. Photographers can submit entries in any or all of three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The grand prize award winner will receive a seven-day polar bear photo safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge in Canada.
Blue Dot Magazine presents a selection of photos submitted in the Nature category. See more – and enter your own pictures – on the National Geographic website.
This picture was taken during Mt. Bromo eruption, the horse seems a little agitated due to the sound of the eruption.
Amazing supercell produces over the town of Blackhawk, South Dakota, back on June 1, 2015. Flash flooding would occur near Rapid City.
This image was captured very early in the morning after climbing Yellow Mountain at 3 a.m. and waiting for few hours in the cold and wind at -4 degrees.
Polar bears rely on the sea ice to reach their seal prey. Global warming caused by humans has significantly impacted the sea ice, which is negatively affecting the Polar bears in many ways. Photographed in Kaktovik, Alaska.
Spring in Japan. People love to walk in this blue carpet flowers (Nemophila blue flowers) at Hitachi seaside park in Ibaraki.
Romance is in the air. It was the time of day immediately following sunset. Photographed in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan.
From the air, it’s much easier to see how Lombard Street snakes through the streets of San Francisco. One of the most iconic landmarks of San Francisco—with its eight sharp turns is said to be the most crooked street in the world.
This kookaburra has the perfect view of Sydney Harbour and the bridge in the background. This is quintessential Sydney and Australia.
Two big bears locked in battle for survival over a single salmon. This was at the beginning of the salmon run when the salmon were scarce and when a bear caught a fish the bear was swarmed by other bears trying to steal his catch and big battles would erupt. Katmai National Park, Alaska
When I was on a field trip in the Canadian Rockies in winter, we encountered big wind gust, and five of my teammates were blown away about 100 meters. The snow got thrown high up to the sky, and it traveled across the lake with obvious trails. I held my tripod tightly and captured this scene, with my eyes full of tears and my mouth filled with snow.
The whole trek our guides kept telling us “our side safe side, their side suicide” when we heard the Yak bells chiming in the distance. It was our reminder to find the safe side of the mountain so that we wouldn’t find ourselves in the path of an oncoming herd. Here on the final approach into Everest Base Camp, it was hard to determine the safe side when the single track dropped off steeply on both sides. The yaks were burdened with expedition equipment ready for the 2016 summit season.
The photo was taken on the tallest dunes in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, before a thunderstorm. I knew there was supposed to be a thunderstorm in that area in the afternoon and I was lucky to capture nice dramatic effect with light and shadows.
A special place in the Faroe Islands where I can get in touch with nature and enjoy the silence broken just by birds crying and the ocean sounds. A touching experience for me that I live in a big crowded city. Coming in this place in winter time was pretty dangerous because of snow and steep cliffs but I didn’t care about that. My desire to come here was too strong. Kalsoy island, Faroe Islands.
Last December i sailed to Antarctica on a 54 feet long-haul steel vessel. As we entered the Polar Zone this was one of the first icebergs we saw. Sculpted by the wind and waves, majestic in scale and with a dazzling white colour with layers of deep blue. The sun makes a quick appearance through a hole in the clouds, just in time for this shot. Location: Antarctica
Photo and caption by Massimo Rumi / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
I took this photo in July 2014 at Trollstigen in Norway. Standing there alone in the fog, I was waiting for the view to become clear. And then it happened, the fog disappeared and though it was 1 am already, one car came slowly up the steep serpentines. It was my dream for a long time to take a photo of lighttrails like this in Norway – and it was just an awesome feeling that it worked out on the most beautiful and famous street. A few minutes later the fog returned, even thicker than before. Location: Bø, More og Romsdal, Norway
Photo and caption by Christoph Schaarschmidt / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest