NEW YORK – A brown bear cub waves while its mother hunts salmon in Alaska; a solitary chameleon strides through Madagascar’s Baobab Alley and a short-eared owl plays peekaboo in Kuwait.
These are some of the first entries to the National Geographic Traveler’s prestigious photography competition, now in its 26th year.
The contest invites anyone with a camera to submit their photographs in four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments.
Budding photographers have until June 30 to enter photographs for a chance to win the grand prize, an eight-day expedition to Alaska for two aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird.
Living in a Box by Norbert Well: ‘Living in a Box is living in Hong Kong.’ Location: Hong Kong
Cub Scouts Honor by Kevin Dietrich: ‘While watching her mother dive for salmon in the frigid glacier water of the Crescent River this young brown bear cub couldn¿t contain her excitement and stood up on her rear legs and politely made a waving direction towards me. In a matter of one hour this young cub ate several salmon that were provided by her intelligent and fearless mother. Deep in the Alaskan wilderness this brown bear family provided my favorite image of the year.’ Location: Alaska-Chigmit Mountains
A girl smeared with colours powder by Firdaus Latif: ‘A girl smeared with colors powder during Holi, the Hindu festival of colors in Kuala Lumpur on March 23, 2014.Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, is celebrated by people throwing colored powder and water at each other.’ Location: Kuala Lumpur
Svalbard by Stuart Chape: ‘The high cliffs of Svalbard drop steeply into the sea, the eroded green cliffs, remnant snow and aquamarine sea creating an abstract visual impression.’ Location: Svalbard
Macaque by Bruce Thionville: ‘Adult macaque staring at me while I was photographing him. Great respect towards this beautiful living creature.’ Location: Paris, France
Fanfare by Lace Andersen: ‘Winter season on Kauai translates to large ocean swells and slightly cooler temperatures. When the first large swell passed through the islands I embarked on my inaugural wave hunting expedition. It’s a tricky dance of timing, being patient, and juggling settings on the camera. Every wave that explodes into the air is uniquely defined by its environment.’ Location: Kauai, Hawaii
One eye on you by Mohd Khorshid: ‘Short-eared owl in stretching and relaxing mode in Kuwait natural reserve’ Location: Kuwait
Chameleon on the walk by Robert Hradil: ‘Chameleons are amazing lizards. Their vision, walking or hunting skills are one of the worlds top extraordinary things most people know about. We found this one walking on the road at the Baobabs Alley on west cost of Madagascar. This species is one of the large ones, you can find the smallest on the other side of Madagascar in tropical forests.’ Location: Baobab Alley, Madagascar
Solitary Fisherman by Debajit Bose: ‘They do fishing every single day. They spread the net in the lake and wait for the fish to stuck to it. They collect all the fishes and send them to city.’ Location: Silisarh Lake, Kishanpur, Rajasthan, India
Living on the Tundra by Simon Morris: ‘Young Nenet boy in Siberia Yamal plays in -30 degrees.’ Location: Siberia, Russia