The National Geographic Traveler Magazine photo contest, now in its 25th year, has begun. There is still plenty of time to enter. The entry deadline is Sunday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. Entrants may submit their photographs in any or all of the four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The magazine's photo editors showcase their favorite entries each week in galleries. You can also vote for your favorites. "The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult," says Keith Bellows, magazine editor in chief. (The captions are written by the entrants, some slightly edited for readability.) As always, you can take a look at last years winners. [40 photos total]

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OUTDOOR SCENES - Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl - Masters of disguise. The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey. Okeefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA. (Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Grace - A flamingo sleeping peacefully amongst the chaos of life. I captured this image when I was Florida. I sat and watched this Flamingo, appreciating its ability to sleep so gracefully, despite all of life's distractions. Florida, USA. (Taylor Dearie/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - In the Rain - This photograph was taken while I was on vacation in South Carolina. It was a rainy miserable day until I happened upon this alligator hanging out in a local pond. South Carolina, USA. (Kandace Stroupe/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Dead Fishes - This photo shows one of the greatest natural tragedies in Rio de Janeiro, the mass death of fish in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. This is caused by lack of oxygen in the water due to wrong manipulation by the authorities. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Luis Gutman/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Wildebeest - Crossing river Wildebeest in Kenya. Mara River, Kenya, Africa. (Abdulaziz Alasousi/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SENSE OF PLACE - Sense of Metal - I want to take photos of heating elements. When I entered the factory, I saw the metal sheets and I formed a picture. I wanted a lifting crane to take the best photo. I directed the man who wore an orange t-shirt and counted the heater elements and I took the photo of his job. Bolu, Turkey. (Melih Sular/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Ice on Lake Baikal at Sunset - Located in the heart of Siberian Russia, Lake Baikal freezes over ever year. Walking around on the ice at sunset, I got down low to the ground and took this shot of some ice with the beautiful sunset in the background. Lake Baikal, Russia. (Edward Graham/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Beeseeching - The fog had thickened to a point where the distant mountains had almost vanished. I turned my attention to something a bit closer and as I stood looking at the tree it occurred to me that the branches seemed to be held out in a gesture that seemed to be imploring something, or someone to pay attention...maybe it was me! Buttermere, Cumbria, England UK (Alf Bailey/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Evening Fog - As a storm moved out of the area, the fog rolled in off the lake. Toronto on Lake Ontario, Canada (Scott Teichman/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Dead Vlei Scene - We were supposed to be there right at sunrise, but got a little lost. It was still a gorgeous landscape. Everywhere you looked was incredibly beautiful. Dead Vlei is a bleached former lake pan filled with lifeless camel thorn trees. The trees look like sculptures against the surreal backdrop. Dead Vlei, Namibia. (Sara Narezo/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Burmese Boat Boy - A young Burmese fisherman takes a break as the sun goes down over Ubein Bridge, Myanmar. Mandalay Myanmar (Burma). (Jack Hoyle/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Blue Pond, The Snowstorm in May - In Hokkaido, it was an uncommon thing but it snowed in May of this year. A lot of tourists dislike snow in the spring. This place has a view drawing tourists from around the world. All are nature's tints. Biei in Hokkaido, Japan. (Kent Shiraishi/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Relax - I tried to capture a special moment from my honeymoon. Daytona Beach, Florida. (Krasimir Vladimirov/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Abandoned Piers of Eastie -This spring sunset was really dramatic as the cold front came through Boston on April Fool's Day. The sky was clearing to the west and the sun made a last-minute appearance, illuminating the underside of the thick cloud layer with hot pink color, and casting the most beautiful, warm light on the west-facing facades of Boston's downtown skyscrapers. East Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (Shaun Ramsay/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Gravity -A storm is coming. East Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala. (Juan Aguilar/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SENSE OF PLACE - BNSF Railway, Hygiene, Colorado - Hygiene is named for the prestigious 1880's sanitarium, Hygienic House. One can still find solace in along the BNSF Railway at Hygiene's southern edge. Hygiene, Colorado, USA (Brad Sissom/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Yosemite Valley at Night - The mist on the valley floor reflects car lights driving through. Yosemite National Park, USA. (Phil Hawkins/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Sunset, Dakar - Dakar, Senegal, October 2012. (Guillermo Munoz de Alba/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Serenity - In the vast red-rock valley of Moab, Utah stand ancient yet ever changing sandstone structures that bring one back to the reality of how small we all are. Moab, Utah. (Becky Abrisz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SENSE OF PLACE - Fishing - A father and daughter with a fish in the net at sunset on Inle Lake, Myanmar. Inle Lake, Myanmar. (Cynthia MacDonald/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Rising Sun Dongsheng - The mountain the night before it began to rain. I thought the next morning the sun does not appear, did not think it was almost dawn, the sun emerged from the clouds. But the dark clouds will soon cover up the sun, will... Taiwan. (Hsiao Chen-Hsuan/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
OUTDOOR SCENES - Colorful Microcosmos - Psilothrix viridicoerulea in Tulipa saxatilis, found in the wild, on the island of Crete, in Greece. Gious Kampos, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece. (Stavros Markopoulos/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SENSE OF PLACE - Stingray Split - Years ago, fisherman would dump their scraps overboard at this location, as they came into harbor. The southern stingrays (Dasyatis americana) pictured soon learned about this free meal and have congregated there in large numbers. Stingray Sandbar, Grand Cayman. (Thomas Pepper/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Child Soul - This boy was playing, jumping every gap of the 500 meter fortress wall. Every jump was unique and full of joy and lightness. Morro de Sao Paulo, Bahia, Brazil. (Mauricio Pisani/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SENSE OF PLACE - How Great is our God - As our mission group was singing "How great is our God" at one of the poorest cities in the world, I turned around and saw this man. This was his reaction to our singing and services that day. I'm still speechless, this moment of my life brought tears to my eyes. Delivering free water to the villages in Cite Soleil, Haiti. Mission trip with Healing Haiti, April 2013. Cite Soleil, Haiti. (Paulette Covairt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Friends for Life - While traveling in the Gobi Desert of North West China, a place vibrant in culture and full of unforgettable experiences, I turned to look down this street to catch this moment on film. This image to me, speaks of friendship. No matter how rugged the terrain, or war torn, forbidding a place may be, human love will prevail... Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. (John Wellburn/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SENSE OF PLACE - Taj Reflection - A reflection of an Indian woman and the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal, Agra, India. (Degrey Phillips/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Hidden - Innocent and beautiful. The children of Kumari, a remote and neglected region of Nepal, were the essence of beauty.. Inside and out. It was a blessing to be able to interact with and photograph these special people. Kumari, Nepal. (Leif Smith/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Suri Smile - It took a three-day drive in rugged conditions to meet the Suri tribe. The community is nestled in one of the toughest and most remote places on Earth - the Ethiopia/Sudan border. Despite the harsh conditions, the Suri take great pride and joy in decorating their bodies. This young Suri boy is covered in yellow and red ochre from a creek bed near our camp. These marks of distinction are used to attract women and to intimidate enemies in battle. Suri apply the paint using flowers, sticks, bottle tops and cartridge cases. Omo Valley, South West Ethiopia, Africa. (Stephanie Hunt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Street life -I saw this old lady, crouching down a narrow side street on the outskirts of the volcanic mountain town of Antigua, Guatemala. Her bright blue shawl caught my eye but it wasn't till I approached her I saw how beautiful her face was. Looking at her, I just wanted to know all the stories that old face had seen…and had to tell... Near Antigua, Guatemala. (Ben Moore/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Years - An old vietnamese woman sitting by the side of the road in the middle of the food market in Hoi An, Vietnam. Her beautiful hands nicely illustrated her long life. Hoi An, Vietnam. (Soren Hansen/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Portrait of a Young Girl - A little girl, she lets herself be portrayed outside the home, in the poor area of Fort Kochi, Kerala, India), and holds in her arms her doll, the only game she has. Kerala, India. (Bruno Tamiozzo/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - Preparation - Young Omani girl being prepared for a traditional local dance. Near Quriyat, Oman. (Darryl MacDonald/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Dragon Fly - I and my beautiful friend hung out by Yarger Lake, East Alaska, when this beautiful dragon fly landed on her face. The dragon fly chose Amy as its last living thing to passed away soon after that. Yarger Lake, East Alaska, USA. (Pavel Mach/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SENSE OF PLACE - Sperare: Hope - This picture is not a photo of a painting or landscape. It is colored threads/wool hanging from the wall in an amazing way with a nail head coming out in between. I tried to create a feeling of moon and sea. Name is hope because this is what I have learned after taking this picture. I saw the results and I was very happy because after lot of hard work to visualize a shot, it finally paid off. Green color in Italy also means hope. Stockholm. (Aditya Vardhan Tibrewala/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Happy Holi - The Hindu festival of Holi, also called the Festival of Colors, celebrates the beginning of the new season; spring. Hindu ladies are covered with clouds of pink powder thrown by a group of Hindu men who travel to Barsana to tease the women. Barsana, India. (Byongsun Ahn/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
TRAVEL PORTRAITS - The Laborer - Laborers unload tons of tuna every day which they carry on their backs. Most of these fish weigh heavier than they do but that is how they earn their living. They bring the tuna to the different buying stations in the fish port where it is weighed, classified and sold. General Santos City, Phillipines. (Ybrael Abergas/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Fishermen Kids - These fishermen kids help their fathers on a daily job, and even do the job themselves. The fishing is a common way of living for poor people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This shot was a beautiful morning at Copacabana beach. Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Luis Gutman/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Nepal, Keeping Running - One, Two, Three, Let's Go… Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Mac Kwan/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #
SENSE OF PLACE - Regia, La Habana, Cuba - I went to La Habana in February, 2013 on a photography workshop and went to this area called Regla. The view captivated me with all the wires and the old cars. Can't find this anywhere else, but Cuba. La Habana, Cuba. (Daniel Ikemiyashiro/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) #

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