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These Stunning Photographs Show How Awesome 2014 Has Actually Been.

National Geographic hosts their NatGeo: Traveler and NatGeo Photo contests every year, drawing out thousands of entries from the world's photographers. The images range from professional photo artists to skilled (and lucky) amateurs. The collection that appears every year is a stunning portrait of our planet from every corner of the world.

China


"Night fishing"-  Kwok Tai

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland


"Dreamscape"- Francesco Riccardo Iacomino

Nicosia, Cyprus


"Sunward"- Hasan Baglar

Pengalengan West Java, Indonesia


"Morning Glory" - Cherly Jong

Mingun Village, Myanmar


"Novice Monks"- April Badilles

Waimea Canyons Park, Kauai, HI


"Colorful Waipo'o Falls"- John Lee

Vatican City, Italy


"Vatican Light"-  Karen McDonald

Elmvale Zoo, Elmvale, Ontario, Canada


"King of the Zoo"- Cindy Rossit

Shellharbour, NSW, Australia


"Physalia Physalis"- Matthew Smith

Island of Bonaire, Kralendijk, Dutch Caribbean


"The Iguana's cave"- Lorenzo Mittiga

Strzelecki Desert, Australia


"A tree dreaming"- Christian Spencer

Mbabane, Swaziland, Africa


"Hope on the Horizon"- Christina Kehres

Ormond Beach, Florida, United States


"mother"- Catherine Runyan

Cappadocia, Turkey


"Balloons of Cappadocia"- Dipanjan Bhattacharjee

Weatherford, Texas


Entry for"The Buckskin"-Bill Stipp

Plaosan Temple, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


"Sunrise Plaosan Temple"-Bill Stipp

West Sumatra


"Achmad Sumawijaya"- Achmad Sumawijaya

Mt. Pilatus - Lake Lucerne, Switzerland


"Close to Heaven"-Mark Forder

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 Alpe di Siusi, Italy


"Alpe di Siusi"-Douglas Croft

Varanasi, India


"Cultural differences."- Rainier Jr Ona

Biei Hokkaido, Japan


"Iridescent Clouds"-  Oh Kobayashi

Arundel, Quebec, Canada


"Amongst the Fallen Leaves"-  Eric Ste Marie

Maasai Mara, Kenya


"Maasai Women"- Seth Langbauer

Oaxaca, Mexico


"Painted Ladies"- Daniel Kudish

Myanmar


"Temple of Gold"- Vince Lws

Jakarta


"Hello Friends"-Lessy Sebastian

Machu Picchu, Peru


"Machu Picchu Sunrise"- John Pena

Thanda Game Reserve, South Africa


"Angry Kitty"- Hamish Mitchell

St. Lucia, South Africa


"Up Close & Personal"- Hamish Mitchell

Myanmar


"Myanmar Woman"- Serena Woodward

Porth Elizabeth, South Africa


"Walking on the Savannah"- Jackson Albuquerque

Turkey


"Metal Worker"- Murat Yılmaz

Andasibe, Madagascar


"Curious lemur"- Nicoletta Muscas

Isaan, Thailand


"Young Muay Thai Fighter in Buriram, Thailand"- Scott Hirano

Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico


"Stones and Manners"- Valerio Esposito

Geneva, Switzerland


"20'000 Leagues Under The Sea"- Marc Henauer

Basey, Samar Island, Philippines


"After Typhoon Haiyan"- Sergey Ponomarev

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Homs, Syria


"Destroyed Homs"-Sergey Ponomarev

Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan


"Hand-Tube Fireworks (TOYOHASHI GION)"- Hidenobu Suzuki

Poipu, Kauai


"Ha O Ka Mo'o (Dragon's Breath)"- Aaron Feinberg

Hawaii Island, Hawaii


"Phone Home"- Aaron Feinberg

Black Rock City, NV


"Thunderdome"- Aaron Feinberg

Marco Island, FL


"Eye Wonder"- Jean Hall

Winners From the 2014 NatGeo Traveler Photo Contest

Julesburg, Colorado, USA


First Place Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "The Independence Day"- Marko Korosec

Mea Shearim. Jerusalem, Israel


Second Place Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "Mea Shearim, Jerusalem, Israel"-Agnieszka Traczewska

Grüner See at Tragöss, Austria


Third Place Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "Diver in Magic Kingdom"- Marc Henauer

Old Bagan, Burma


Merit Prize Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "Light Source"-Marcelo Castro

Banos, Ecuador


Merit Prize Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "End of the World" - Sean Hacker Teper

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


Merit Prize Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "A Well Earned Rest in the Sahara"- Evan Cole

Kaveripattinam, Tamilnadu, India


Merit Prize Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "Divine Makeover"- Mahesh Balasubramanian

Borough Market, London, England


Merit Prize Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "Ladies in Waiting"- Susie Stern

Český Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech Republic


Merit Prize Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "Foggy, Small Town"- Duowen Chen

Jonathan’s Lodge, Qachas Nek, Sehlabathebe National Park, Lesotho


Merit Prize Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: ""Khotso" Peace at Devil's Knuckles"- Byron Inggs

Sequoia National Forest, CA


Viewer's Choice Winner of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest: "Among the Giants" - James Eimmerman

Credit: National Geographic

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