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25 Stunning Entries for National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

25 Stunning Entries for National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012
The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is over and the judges are about to announce the winners. Over 12,000 amazing images were submitted from all over the world in these four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. National Geographic will announce the winners next month and meanwhile we are sharing 25 of our favorite entries. When I look at these spectacular photos I start to think that maybe my photography teacher was wrong after all. “Take point-and-shoot camera instead – it’s either a holiday or you are working,” he said. If these travelers would have followed this advice, I wouldn’t be sharing these breathtaking pictures today. What about you? See all entries here: Via: Demilked, Modern Met and The Atlantic Lava Kiss Good Bye Old Friend “Elephants are legendary for their memory and intelligence including attributes associated with grief, making music, altruism and compassion. Fly By Spiral Down

Things to Do in - Well Anywhere | Your Personal Tour Guide | Vayable Alice In Waterland: Elena Kalis Takes Stunning Underwater Photos Inspired By 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland' 'Alice in Waterland' is a beautiful series of photographs re-imagining the Lewis Carroll classic underwater. It's a creation of photographer Elena Kalis, who lives on a small island in The Bahamas, surrounded, she says, "by pristine clear warm water. Underwater is where I spend a lot of time; snorkeling, diving, photographing. "I often feel like I am in another dimension, just like Alice who found herself in a strange place when she fall into the rabbit hole one warm afternoon. For a model, Kalis chose her ten-year-old daughter Sacha, who was "the same age as Carroll's Alice. "I had to keep shootings short and fun so it took about two years to capture a collection of images for this project, although I can’t say that it is finished even now. See her stunning series of magical images below: Loading Slideshow Hide Thumbnails 0 Points (via Flavorwire) Related on HuffPost:

Photo to Cartoon The Benefits of Traveling Many people ponder what they should do for a vacation and I realized a lot of people don’t seem to share my views about traveling. I believe it’s very important to see the world and different cultures. It lets us open our minds to new things and we get to experience life in exiting different ways. Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. New experiences increase our resourcefulness by living situations you would never encounter at home, this is great experience for you when you come back to your routine. When traveling with friends or family it creates memories for a lifetime. If you have some time off I suggest to take that trip and experience what life has to offer. Feel free to let me know how traveling helped you out, what new experiences you lived and how they helped you in your life.

MARVEL COMICS: THE UNTOLD STORY | STAN LEE, CENTERFOLD (photograph by Eliot R.... Glitter Photo: Pimp your photo online and add glitters, text, stamps, bubbles, frames and effects 101 Most Beautiful Places You Must Visit Before You Die! - part 1 The world in which we live is full of wonderful places that most of us do not know they really exist. Here you can see some of those breathtaking places around the world. Enjoy! Santorini, Greece Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Glacier National Park, Montana Mount Emei Scenic Area: Leshan Giant Buddha, China Natural Pool – Santorini, Greece Nishinomaru Garden in Japan Bora Bora The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah Infinite Pool, Hotel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Angkor Thom – Baphuon Temple, Cambodia Antelope Canyon, USA Carrera Lake (Lake Buenos Aires), Santa Cruz, Argentina Bridge at summit, Langkawi Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia Restaurant near Sanyou Cave above the Chang Jiang river, Hubei , China Crystal Mosque (Masjid Kristal) : Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland The Gardens at Marqueyssac, France The Great Wall of China Blue Caves – Zakynthos Island, Greece Interlaken, Switzerland Japanese Gardens in San Francisco Machu Picchu, Peru

Russia in color, a century ago With images from southern and central Russia in the news lately due to extensive wildfires, I thought it would be interesting to look back in time with this extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time - when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun.

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