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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

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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

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

 

Colours of Earth

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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