National Geographic Traveler Magazine Launches 2015 Photography Contest

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2015)—National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two. The contest, which is open now, ends Tuesday, June 30, at 12 p.m. EDT.

Eligible contestants can visit to submit photographs in any or all of four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. The entry fee is $ 15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. For official contest rules, visit

Judging will be based on creativity and photographic quality. The second-prize winner will receive a six-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone for two, and the third-prize winner will receive a six-day cruise for two from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage. Seven merit-prize winners will receive a $ 200 (USD) gift certificate to B&H Photo and the National Geographic Masters of Photography course on DVD. All winners will receive a subscription to National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Throughout the contest, photo editors will showcase their favorite entries every week at Visitors to the site can view all entries and share them with family and friends through Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest and can download wallpapers featuring contest entries.

The grand prize, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Photo Expedition, is an eight-day voyage with a National Geographic photographer and a team of photo instructors aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. Tracing the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica and Panama, guests will explore the Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonio National Park, Isla de Coiba and much more on the way to the Panama Canal. The trip is provided by National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the National Geographic Society, which offers guided trips spanning all seven continents and more than 80 destinations.

About National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888. National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; digital travel content; travel books; maps; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (eight issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 17 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group, shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of 7 million. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel @NatGeoTravel on TwitterFacebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.


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