National Geographic Traveler Magazine Launches 2014 Photography Contest

National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive an eight-day National Geographic Expedition to Alaska for two aboard theNational Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird. The contest, which is open now, ends Monday, June 30, at 12 p.m. EDT.

Eligible contestants can visit nationalgeographic.com/travelerphotocontest to submit photographs in any or all of four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. For official contest rules, visithttp://on.natgeo.com/1i80wEV.

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Judging consists of two rounds of evaluation based on creativity and photographic quality. The second-prize winner will receive a five-day National Geographic Photography Workshop for one in Santa Fe, N.M., and the third-prize winner will receive a six-day cruise for two on a Maine windjammer schooner. Seven merit-prize winners will receive a print of their photo, matted and framed by the National Geographic Imaging Lab, a $200 gift certificate to B&H Photo and “The Art of Travel Photography” course on DVD from National Geographic and The Great Courses.

Throughout the contest, National Geographic Traveler magazine photo editors will showcase their favorite entries every week at nationalgeographic.com/travelerphotocontest. Visitors to the site can view all entries and share them with family and friends through Twitter and Facebook, can download wallpapers and can complete jigsaw puzzles featuring contest entries.

The grand prize, Alaska’s Inside Passage Expedition, is a unique trip to explore the remote wilderness and remarkable wildlife of southeastern Alaska with a team of expert naturalists. The trip is provided by National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the National Geographic Society, which offers guided trips spanning all seven continents and more than 60 destinations.

“I just took in an exhibition of work by iconic photographer Robert Capra, a groundbreaking photographer who set the tone for many National Geographic shooters whose images have become symbols of our time. The delight I get from our photo contest is seeing legions of so-called amateurs creating enduring images that continue to demonstrate the pictorial excellence that is the lifeblood of National Geographic,” said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor-in-chief and National Geographic Travel senior vice president.

National Geographic Traveler Magazine Selects Its 2014 Tours of a Lifetime

National Geographic Traveler magazine today announced its annual Tours of a Lifetime selection, now in its ninth year. The 2014 list features 50 of the world’s best guided trips chosen by the editors of National Geographic Traveler. In addition, the editors picked 10 of their favorite expeditions of a lifetime offered by National Geographic. The list and details about the trips Tours-Logo-2014-400x400can be viewed in National Geographic Traveler magazine’s May 2014 issue and online at http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/tours/.

From joining a voodoo ritual in Benin to kayaking the canals and barrier islands of Venice to following the cheese trail in Vermont, the 50 guided tours offer authentic travel experiences that are sure to leave participants smarter, wiser and refreshed. The additional 10 expert-led, signature tours from the National Geographic Travel family include inspiring adventures from Antarctica to Cuba to the Galápagos.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Geographic Traveler, which has always looked at the world through the lens of culture, nature and history. The tours we selected go beyond destination to add meaning and context,” said Norie Quintos, executive editor of National Geographic Traveler. “They open the mind to new possibilities, new connections, new ways of thinking — all critically important given the world’s complex issues.”

The Tours of a Lifetime and their tour operators are:

AFRICA

  • “Mystical West Africa,” Benin, Togo, Ghana — GeoEx
  • “Ultimate Botswana Adventure,” Botswana — Audley Travel
  • “Hyenas to Humpbacks,” Kenya — Oceanic Society
  • “Namibia: Secrets Revealed,” Namibia — Africa Adventure Consultants
  • “Untouched Africa: Gorillas of the Congo Basin,” Republic of the Congo — Extraordinary Journeys
  • “Mandela Landscapes,” South Africa — Red Savannah
  • “Beyond the Big Five: Uganda, Tanzania, & the Spice Island,” Uganda, Tanzania — Global Basecamps
  • “Voyage to Madagascar,” Madagascar, Tanzania, Comoros, Réunion, Mauritius — Zegrahm Expeditions
  • “South Morocco Discovery,” Morocco — Dragoman
  • “Heart of African Civilization,” Ethiopia — Rothschild Safaris

ASIA

  • “Discovery of the Caucasus,” Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia — Exeter International
  • “Expedition to Tibet’s Far West,” China — WildChina
  • “High Road to Kashmir,” India — Wild Frontiers
  • “Kerala: Kayaking, Culture, and Cuisine,” India — Hidden Places Travel
  • “Highlights of Iraqi Kurdistan,” Iraq — Explore!
  • “Jordan Insider,” Jordan — Engaging Cultures Travel
  • “Discovering the Chindwin River Aboard the Orcaella,” Myanmar — Belmond
  • “The Philippines: Trekking the Terraces and Beyond,” Philippines — Remote Lands
  • “Vietnam Volunteer Program,” Vietnam — Global Volunteers

EUROPE

  • “Iceland Winter Adventure,” Iceland — REI Adventures
  • “Kayaking Italy: The Venice Lagoon,” Italy — Tofino Expeditions
  • “Transylvania Traverse,” Romania — BikeHike Adventures
  • “A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture,” Russia — MIR Corporation
  • “Wilderness Walking: The Outer Hebrides and Skye,” Scotland — Wilderness Scotland
  • “Green Charms of Slovenia,” Slovenia — Kensington Tours
  • “Reindeer Spring Migration,” Norway — Turgleder AS
  • “Wildlife in the Changing French Pyrenees,” France — Earthwatch Institute
  • “World-Class Classical Music Lucerne and Berlin,” Germany, Switzerland — R. Crusoe & Son
  • “Turkish Delights,” Turkey — Whole Journeys

PACIFIC ISLANDS & OCEANIA

  • “Australia: Family Planet,” Australia — Elevate Destinations
  • “The Naghol,” Vanuatu — Aspiring Adventures
  • “Cycle, Kayak, and Walk Tasmania,” Australia — Tasmanian Expeditions

NORTH AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

  • “Trek the Waitukubuli National Trail,” Dominica — World Expeditions
  • “Dig Into Vermont’s Edible Landscape,” Vermont — Cultural Crossroads
  • “Northwest Passage Cruise From Greenland to Russia,” Greenland, Canada, Alaska — Compagnie du Ponant
  • “Montana Family: Great Western Adventure,” Montana — Austin Adventures
  • “Quebec: Magdalen Islands Multisport,” Canada — Freewheeling Adventures
  • “Empire Builder Epic,” Washington, Idaho, Montana — Bicycle Adventures
  • “Mexico Bike & Surf Adventure,” Mexico — Access Trips
  • “Olympic Adventure,” Washington — EverGreen Escapes
  • “A Sunny Multisport Sampler, Kauai,” Hawaii — Sierra Club Outings
  • “Great Smoky Mountains and Blackberry Farm,” Tennessee — Trek Travel
  • “Alaska,” Alaska — Field Guides

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

  • “The Last Frontier,” Chile — Chile Nativo
  • “Travesías From Uyuni,” Bolivia, Chile — Explora
  • “Jaguar’s Trail: Pantanal to Amazon,” Brazil — Wild Planet Adventures
  • “Amazonian Immersion,” Ecuador — Pachamama Journeys
  • “Mindfully Engaging Guatemala,” Guatemala — Journeys International
  • “From the Pacific to the Caribbean,” Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras — KE Adventure Travel
  • “Cusco to the Amazon,” Peru — Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRIPS

  • “Human Origins: Southwest France and Northern Spain,” France, Spain
  • “Galápagos,” Ecuador
  • “The Holy Land: Past, Present, and Future,” Israel, West Bank
  • “Journey to Antarctica,” Antarctica
  • “Wild Encounters From Borneo to Bali,” Malaysia, Indonesia
  • “Tibet and Nepal: Journey to the Highest Himalaya,” China, Nepal
  • “Sweden: Dogsledding to the Icehotel,” Sweden
  • “Walking Safari With the Maasai,” Tanzania
  • “Cuba: Discovering Its People and Culture,” Cuba
  • “Celebrating Exploration With National Geographic by Private Jet,” Worldwide

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