2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Winners

Winners of this years National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest were announced few weeks back. First place going to Marko Korošec with The Independence Day: storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S

Above Photo by Marko Korošec

"It’s such a beautiful structure created by Mother Nature and dangerous at the same time," Korošec said. "I decided to submit this photo because it does look kind of surreal and gives a feeling of how small we are against nature."

Marc Henauer took third place: Diver in Magic Kingdom

"Green Lake (Grüner See) is located in Tragöss Austria. In spring snowmelt raises the lake level about 10 meters. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks, covers hiking trails, meadows, and trees. The result is a magical diving landscape."

Merit Prize Winner: Light Source
by Marcelo Castro

"A young monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside of his pagoda in Old Bagan, Burma."

Merit Prize Winner: Divine Makeover
by Mahesh Balasubramanian

"Taken during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha festival, which takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam the day after Maha Shivarathiri (the great night of Shiva). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in Southern India."

Merit Prize Winner: Foggy, Small Town
by Duowen Chen

"This photo was captured at noon on December 25, 2013, from the castle which is located on the edge of the small town and is the perfect viewpoint for the panorama of the almost intact historical town. The fog and mist suffused and gave the town a sense of mystery."

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