Photos of the Week: 4/25/2019: Amazing National Geographic photo contest Winners will inspire you to take your next trip(s):

The photographers that win photo contests for the National Geographic organization are amazing, and so are their photos. Their photos are something that you can just look at over and over. And when you look at these photos, you feel like you would like to just go there and try to take that photo as well, or at least see that beautiful part of the world. Well, this presentation is to do just that: let you see winning photos, and maybe give you a feeling of seeing more of the most beautiful parts of our great planet. So, enjoy these photos:

Napali Coast, Kauai, Hawai’i
“One of my best friends invited me along for his first helicopter ride. I had seen Kauai from above before, but this time was very different. The experience was very emotional and special when shared with the right people. This might be my favorite photograph I have ever taken. Leaning out the door of a helicopter, above the most beautiful place on earth.”
Photograph and caption by Lace Anderson, 2019 National Photographic Travel Photo contest.

Bahariya Oasis, Egypt
“This was taken in Egypt’s western desert—the Bahariya Oasis—where special geological conditions form the White Desert. The snow-white chalk landscape gives the desert another name “Snow Oasis.” This enormous and mysterious area contains fossils, crystals, springs and so many unknowns to be explored. These 65 million-year-old seabeds should definitely be judged as a global geological heritage.”
Photo and caption by: Liao Xiaoyu National Geographic Travel photo contest

Rainbow Mountain, Peru
“Instead of taking the bus tour to the Rainbow Mountain, I camped the night before, about an hour and a half away, to be the first up at sunrise. That morning was full of fog, and when I arrived, I could barely see the seven-color mountain. I waited an hour for the fog to clear, but it didn’t. On my way down, I passed this lovely alpaca couple wearing the Aymara culture colors—which made the wait worth it.”
Photo and Caption by: Brian Larrosa National Geographic travel photo contest

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
“We paddled out in our half-deflated canoe just to watch the sunset, but the overcast sky made it look like there wasn’t going to be a sunset that afternoon. As we paddled back to shore, I turned around for one last glance and saw that the sun had come out just enough to catch the top of the mountains. ‘Turn around!’ I eagerly shouted and rushed to pull out my camera. As I was framing my shot, a boat floated perfectly into frame. I smiled, and took the picture.”
Photo and caption by: Mark Schisler, National Geographic travel photo contest

“One of those moments while balancing on a fast-moving sled, with one freezing hand on a camera and arctic wind flushing tears from my eyes. My heart was full of joy—magical views and light beat away the cold and made me feel happy and at home. This was a moment that will stay in my heart forever and bring a smile to me when thinking back about this amazing trip in Greenland.”
Photo and caption by: Andro Loria National Geographic travel photo contest

Lake Yamanaka, Yamanashi, Japan
“Just before sunrise, when Venus’s belt is clearly visible.”
Caption and Photo by: Takashi Zenihiro National Geographic travel photo contest

Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park
“The famous ‘firefall’ of Yosemite National Park is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the Horsetail Falls glows orange due to the angle of sunlight hitting the water, and will only occur when certain time and weather conditions are met. Some firefalls may glow a pale yellow, while others may glow like burning fire. I was lucky to witness the latter, combined with strong winds, creating a spectacular sight to see. I went the extra mile, up a snowy mountain, to get the eye level shot.”
Photo and caption by National Geographic Travel Photo contest

Huangshan Mountain Range, China
“Huangshan—meaning yellow mountain—is a mountain range in southern Anhui Province in eastern China. The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly shaped granite peaks, Huangshan pine trees, hot springs, winter snow, and views of the clouds from above. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of China’s major tourist destinations.”
Caption and photo by: Choon Fook Tin National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Faroe Islands
“Imagine standing on a mountaintop, battling wind gusts from the north—just another day at the Faroe Islands! This shot was taken during the golden hour from Klakkur peak, which is right next to the town of Klaksvik. You have the most fantastic view of the surrounding islands from here. The island Kalsoy is quite spectacular because its many peaks are bathed in light from the setting sun!”
Caption and Photo by: Mikkel Beiter, National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Northern New Mexico
“This wild horse in Northern New Mexico was all by himself, walking towards the giant Shiprock formation. I really love this shot because it conveys the scale of this place. Shiprock rises 1,500 feet into the air, surrounded by nothing but barren, flat desert plains. Watching the horse walk in front of this beautiful formation was something I had to capture.”
Caption and Photo by: Michael Perea, National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Lofoten Islands, Norway
“It was in late March 2018 when I reached Henningsvær village, situated in the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. The Lofoten Islands are a beautiful group of islands crowded with life, colors, and small islands. It almost looks like the small islands are fragments of an explosion—an explosion from Festvagtind, the highest mountain around this village. This central mountain is the epicenter at 541 meters high. It’s a true viewpoint for this infinite northern sea.”
Caption and Photo by: Andre Farinha, National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Sedona, Arizona
“The sun peaked out in between periods of snow to warm Cathedral Rock during a large storm in Sedona, Arizona. The town received more than 15 inches of snow during this late season winter weather event.”
Caption and Photo by: Ryan McGinley, National Geographic Travel photo Contest

Taroko National Park, Taiwan
“Taiwan is covered with [temples], and they can be located anywhere. Sitting on a steep cliff, above a rushing river, this temple was secluded and only accessible by a bridge located in Taroko National Park. The area is well maintained by the Taiwanese indigenous people who live in specifically designated areas by choice.”
Caption and Photo by: Mir N. National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Segla Mountain, Norway
I headed back to Northern Norway to photograph and to enjoy a holiday in February 2019. This place is called Segla Mountain in the Senja Islands. This is a wonderful place that I would love to visit again. Amazing mountains, northern lights, adventurous hiking routes—all make me feel fantastic. I spent three hours with friends climbing this mountain in the winter cold. We felt so tired and took a break on the way. I tried to capture this moment with my phone.”
Caption and Photo by: Di Lu, National Geographic Travel Photo contest

Dolomites, Italy
“Wonderful sunset at Lago di Limdes in the Dolomites.”
Caption and Photo by: Marcus Hauten, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Giza, Egypt
“A caravan of camels on the Giza plateau, Egypt.”
Photo and caption by: Phil Guidry, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Ngorongoro, Tanzania
“A pair of bull elephants collide, trunks entwined, tusks locked, with dust flying in a battle for dominance in Ngorongoro, Tanzania.”
Caption and Photo by: Zhayynn James, 2019 National Geographic Travel photo Contest

Kagoshima, Japan
“On this day, temperatures dipped below freezing and I was initially disappointed to see the entire location covered with a thick mist when I arrived before dawn. I mainly have taken landscape photos with an ultra-wide angle lens. On this occasion, I opted for 85mm lens to frame the shot. When the sun rose, it lit up the falls beautifully and cleared away some of the mist.”
Caption and Photo by: Weizhong Deng, 2019 National Geographic Travel photo contest

“Snowy mountains meet the desert in Arizona during an unusual low-elevation snow in late February 2019.”
Caption and PHoto by: April Goldian, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Luang Phabang, Laos
“A three-leveled waterfall south of Luang Prabang, Laos. This shot was taken mid-afternoon, downstream from the more popular upper falls.”
Caption and PHoto by: Rick Putz, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Tulpar Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan
“Easily the most spectacular place I have ever visited. Tulparkul Lake was a designated stop on our 2017 journey through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The lush, rolling green hills were surrounded by endless clear blue lakes—all set at the foothills of 7,000-meter peaks.”
Caption and Photo by: Matt Horspool, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Mt. Fuji, Japan
“Cloud art—interesting clouds came out near the mountain.”
Caption and Photo by: Kolouseke Kitajima , 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
“Moraine Lake is easily the most beautiful lake in Banff National Park. I have come here many times and always get excited to photograph this beautiful spot. Set in the rugged valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a scene so stunning, it almost seems unreal. It is generally very calm in the morning with good reflections, and also very popular with both photographers and tourists alike. It’s so beautiful that it almost seems surreal!”
Caption and Photo by: Deirdre Lyttle, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Alberta, Canada
“Fall season in Banff in Alberta, Canada, is one of the best times to spot wildlife in the landscape. I was lucky to be attending an artist residency during that time of the year and witnessed the harmony between humans and animals that exists on this sacred land. This shot was taken on a beautiful snowy day, as I was taking a walk on the trail close to my residency. I suddenly found myself inside the white dream of a deer.”
Caption and Photo by: Elnaz Mansouri, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Braies, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
“The storm raged all night long, and in the early morning a small mist hung over the lake, giving it even more charm, until the sun came out of the clouds.”
Caption and Photo by: Hugo Grandcolas, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
“Three minutes: That’s the time it took for this epic landscape to appear right in front of me. The time was 5:54 a.m. and I was pretty sleepy, when suddenly the universe composed this beautiful landscape. I pressed the camera shutter seven or eight times and then it was gone.”
Caption and Photo by: Antonio Soletti, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

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This was originally posted on msn.com/travel.com

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