Breathtaking Photographs from the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

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Here are the winning photographs of National Geographics 2014 photo contest, and as usual the standards were very high. Prepare to be blown away.

The Independence day

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Photo by Marko Korošec

While on storm chasing expeditions in the Tornado Alley in USA I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching the storm near Julesburg, Colorado on My 28th, 2013. The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but stayed an LP storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail and some rain.

Diver in Magic Kingdom

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Photo by Marc Henauer

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

End of the World

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Photo by Sean Hacker Teper

This photo, taken at the 'end of the world' swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua. The eruption took place on February 1st, 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud.

Divine Makeover

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Photo by Mahesh Balasubramanian

Taken during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha festival, which takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam, the day after Mahashivarathiri (or ‘The Great Night of Shiva’). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in southern India.

Foggy small town

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Photo by Duowen Chen

This photo was captured at noon,25.12.2013,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.

A well earned rest in the Sahara

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Photo by Evan Cole

This photo, of Moussa Macher, our Touareg guide, was taken at the summit of Tin-Merzouga, the largest dune (or erg) in the Tadrat region of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria. Moussa rested while waiting for us to finish our 45 minute struggle to the top. It only took 10 minutes of rolling, running and jumping to get to get back down.

Khotso Peace at Devil’s Knuckles

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Photo by Byron Inggs

On arrival at Jonathan’s Lodge, our horses took to celebrating liberation from their heavy burdens. With the backdrop of the Devil’s Knuckles and the afternoon’s glow, how could I not take advantage of these magnificent creatures rejoicing in the afternoon’s glow? This was the end of the first of a three-day horseback ride through Bushman’s Nek, up the Drakensberg escarpment and into Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park.

Among the Giant

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Photo by James Eimmerman

Capturing a brief moment of wonder and awe during a trip to Sequoia National Forest and the Trail of 100 Giants.

source: travel.nationalgeographic.com