Growing up, National Geographic was the go-to magazine for jaw-dropping, unreal travel photos. We always imagined some professional photographer slashing his way through the jungles of the Amazon or hiking up some insane mountain to get a picture of an endangered monkey.
But now it’s your chance to have your photo grace the cover of the nature mag. For the first time ever, NatGeo Traveler is inviting readers to shoot a cover photo for the magazine as part of an assignment on Your Shot, National Geographic’s photo community. The winning photo, chosen by NatGeo Traveler magazine editors, will appear on the cover of the December 2015/January 2016 issue, which will feature the annual “Best of the World” list.
NatGeo Traveler magazine editor-in-chief Maggie Zackowitz is asking Your Shot members to submit photos of their “best place” — the favourite destination to which they’ve travelled — to correspond with the “Best of the World” magazine feature. The contest closes Sept. 22.
Here are 10 submissions that caught the editors’ eyes. C’mon, Loop readers, you can match these!
Your travel photo could end up on the cover of National Geographic
The Italian Dolomites"Wandering in the Italian Dolomites, I found this beautiful place from the Valley of Funes. Behind there are the peaks of the Odle Group."Photo and caption by Adi Nicola/National Geographic Your Shot
St. Basil's Cathedral"Architectural masterpiece in the heart of Russia. Saint Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square, Moscow, Russia."Photo and caption by Elena Ermakova/National Geographic Your Shot
Mount Bromo"Beautiful light on the Mount Bromo just before sunrise."Photo and caption by Romain Guédé/National Geographic Your Shot
A Bavarian Beauty"People say that this is one of the most beautiful castles in the world, and one of the most photographed places too. What do you think? I truly believe it. It's an outstanding location, a beautiful landscape, a breathless architecture, oh man... you need to go and see it for yourself!"Photo and caption by Freddy Enguix/National Geographic Your Shot
Vietnamese Rice Terrace"Rice terrace in Vietnam."Photo and caption by Sarawut Intarob/National Geographic Your Shot
Hot Air Balloon Over Bagan"Every morning at sunrise, the sky is dotted by dozens of balloons that fly through the sky to have a unique view of Bagan, the ancient capital of Myanmar. The surface of Bagan contains over 10,000 temples, dating between the 11th and 13th centuries."Photo and caption by Lluís Salvadó/National Geographic Your Shot
Faroe Islands Waterfall"You can't travel to amazing places and then leave without the shot. When I arrived to this beautiful place it was foggy, I couldn’t see the mountains in the background. The first day I spent 6 hours in this place. Scouting, enjoying the view and waiting for the magic to happen. And this was the result."Photo and caption by Marco Grassi/National Geographic Your Shot
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore"The picture was captured from the top of Sands Skypark at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. It is a vertical panorama of 2 rows and 5 different exposures per row to achieve a distortionless result with better dynamic range of light."Photo and caption by Binoy Uthup/National Geographic Your Shot
Kings Canyon National Park, California"The sun lights up the peaks above Rae Lakes as it starts to set. This was taken on my 4-night backpacking trip in Kings Canyon National Park."Photo and caption by Dennis Liew/National Geographic Your Shot
Kayaking in Norway"This photo was taken in wintertime after sunset in Norway. I was kayaking in the evening in the area where Aurlandsfjord meets Nærøyfjord. I waited until the water got completely calm at about 20 minutes after sunset."Photo and caption by Tomasz Furmanek/National Geographic Your Shot