National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Produces Breathtaking Images

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Produces Breathtaking Images [Big Picture]

Who Needs to Fly? This is one of the Big Major Cay's pigs swimming in the clear, turquoise waters of the Bahamas. Pigs are great swimmers!Photo and caption by Paul Lee/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Every year National Geographic asks the world’s adventurers to enter their epic photographs into its Traveler Photo Contest – and each year the submissions prove stunning.

The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is now accepting submissions, and thousands of professional and amateur snappers have already entered their stunning travel pictures of proud leopards and swimming pigs.

“Our photo contest turns 25 this year, making it, we believe, the longest-running travel photo contest in the world,” said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor in chief.

“In the last few years it seems as if the quality of shots has taken a quantum leap forward. The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult. We encourage photographers to enter their work and compete against the best.”

The winner of the 2013 Traveler Photo Contest will receive a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos and have their prized photo published in National Geographic Traveler magazine. Runner up with be awarded a seven-day National Geographic Photography Workshop, while third prize is a six-day cruise on a Maine windjammer schooner for two.

The contest will be open until June 30, 2013 and entries cost $15. Photographers can enter their favorite travel memories in any of four categories including travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments. To enter click here.

For inspiration, have a look at some of the mind-blowing photos that have been submitted so far. It’s hard to believe they all came from the same beautiful planet.