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These Travel Photos Are Pure Magic

These Travel Photos Are Pure Magic

UK travel gurus National Geographic Traveller are just a few weeks off from announcing the winners of their annual Photography and Video contest. In the meantime, they’ve decided to let slip on a few of their favourite images from this year’s competition – and, as expected, they’re magical. Categories for this year’s competition were Nature, Action, People, Urban, Portfolio, Mobile and Video and entrants at both amateur and professional levels were encouraged to enter.

The prizes are great – winners will be sent on an all-expenses paid photographic expedition to unique locations across the globe to shoot for National Geographic Traveller. The locations include Tanzania, Iceland, Vietnam, Abu Dhabi and Italy. Peep the finalists below.



Ellis Anastasiades entered this action-packed shot called Breaking Water. His caption read:

“This photo was taken the moment my hands broke through the water creating what looks to be a portal or ice cave.”



The harsh life of the Arctic by Agnes Proudhon-Smith. Gnarly stuff.


David Godfrey has captured a puffin parachuting down into its burrow with a mouth full of food.



A reindeer herder in Siberia’s winter, taken by Simon Morris.


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Jeremy Flint has captured a fisherman on Inle Lake in Myanmar practicing an impressive balancing technique.



A rainy day in Paris, captured by Matt Parry.


Stanley A. Dellimore submitted this picturesque aerial view of Olympiapark in Munich, Germany.

While there’s still a few weeks before the winners are officially announced, you can check out a shortlist of some of the site’s favourites here.

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