Stunning Early Highlights from the 2015 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest opened on April 7 and there have already been a slew of amazing entries. Official categories include:Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments.

Lighting up the Night


I was out in the Arches National park to take night pictures but the clouds moved in. I waited for about two hours in the car and finally the sky cleared and I got this image. This selfie image was shot at the windows section.
Photo and caption by Manish Mamtani / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 


Frozen in Time


Ice cave at the Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland.
Photo and caption by Shane Wheel / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Colours of Earth


People in Dharavi slum in Mumbai work hard, producing mostly recycled articles and pottery. The posture of these two women at the local pottery store, taking a short break for conversation, express dignity, while the colours of their saris perfectly blend with the scenery.
Photo and caption by Maja Bednas / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest