10 Of The Most Fascinating Travel Photos On The Planet! They Are Breathtakingly Stunning!

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These 10 photographs were voted the best on earth in 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

This year, they received more than 18,000 entries from around the globe, and with thousands of pictures to review, judges found themselves wandering through stunning ice caves, mysterious desert views, and intriguing scenes from cultures throughout the world!

1. The Independence Day:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

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. Location: Julesburg, Colorado, USA (photo and caption by Marko Korosec)

2. First Time:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

Mea Shearim, ultra Orthodox district of Jerusalem. Newly married, Aaron and Rivkeh after the wedding ceremony are to stay together for the very first time, alone. Their marriage was arranged by families. 18 years old candidates confirmed the choice in result of the one meeting only. Since then until the wedding day they were prohibited to meet or even talk. Location: Mea Shearim, Jerusalem, Israel (photo and caption by Agnieszka Traczewska)

3. Diver in Magic Kingdom:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

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. Location: Grüner See at Tragöss, Austria (photo and caption by Marc Henauer)

4. Foggy Small Town:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

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. Location: Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemian, Czech Republic (photo and caption by Duowen Chen)

5. End of the World:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

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. Location: Banos, Ecuador (photo and caption by Sean Hacker Teper)

6. Ladies in Waiting:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

While exploring Burough Market in London, I was delighted to come across four lovely young women dressed in vintage white dresses, eating ice cream as the local shopkeeper looked on. Are they brides? Or bridesmaids. I don’t know, but they are obviously enjoying a very special day. Location: Burough Market, London, England (photo and caption by Susie Stern)

7. A well earned rest in the Sahara:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

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. The Tadrat is part of the Tassili N’Ajjer National Park World Heritage Area, famous for its red sand, and engravings and rock paintings of cattle, elephants, giraffes and rhinos that lived there when the climate was milder. Location: Summit of Tin-Merzouga, Tadrat, Tassili N’Ajjer National Park, Algeria (photo and caption by Evan Cole)

8. Divine Makeover:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

Taken during ‘The Mayana Soora Thiruvizha’ festival takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam, the day after Mahashivarathiri (The great night of Shiva). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in Southern India. Location: Kaveripattinam, Tamilnadu, India (photo and caption by Mahesh Balasubramanian)

9. “Khotso” Peace at Devil’s Knuckles:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

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 afternoons glow how could i not take advantage of these magnificent creatures rejoicing in the afternoons glow . This was the end of the first of a three day horse back ride through Bushman’s Nek, up the Drakensberg escarpment and into Lesothos’ Sehlabathebe National Park. Location: Jonathans Lodge, Qachas Nek, Sehlabathebe National Park, Lesotho (photo and caption by Byron Inggs)

10. LightSource:

10 of the most fascinating travel photos on the planet voted on the national geographic traveler photo competion

Young Monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside of his pagoda – Old Bagan, Burma (photo and caption by Marcelo Castro)

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