The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Winners

August 7, 2014
Byron Inggs Traveler Photo Contest

Photo by Byron Inggs. Source: NY Daily News

National Geographic Traveler magazine is every jet setter’s dream. Chock full of travel tips, guides to exotic locales and full-page color spreads of some of the most beautiful sights imaginable, the magazine could make even the most stationary homebody beg for adventure. So it’s no surprise each year when thousands of photographers worldwide provide images for the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

The rules are simple: photographers submit a recent digital picture for one of four categories that include travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place or spontaneous moments. The judges then evaluate submissions, and winners are announced relatively soon after.

2014 Travelers Contest Winners

Photo by Agnieszka Traczewska. Source: IB Times

National Geographic 2014 Traveler Photo Contest Awards

Photo by Marko Korosec. Source: NY Daily News

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No, You’re Not On Drugs: Colombia’s River Of Five Colors Is Real

August 6, 2014
River Of Five Colors Reflecting Pool

Source: Distractify

Deep in the isolated mountain range of Serranía de la Macarena, Colombia is the river Caño Cristales. For nearly half the year, there is nothing remarkable at all about this particular river, but from July through November a phenomena occurs that would leave one to believe that Mother Nature has hand painted this pristine locale.

River Of Five Colors Red Falls

Source: Sights World

Purple Waves

Source: Second Globe

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The Lifecycle Of A Queen (Bumble) Bee

August 5, 2014

First off, we’re talking about this kind of Queen Bee:

Bumblebee Facts Queen Bee

Source: APISUCS

Not this kind:

Bumblebee Facts Regina George

Source: Glamour

But when you get right down to it, they’re pretty similar. Both have striking features, they’re known to fight lesser creatures who threaten their social status, and they’re both bad bitches. Nobody ever said life on top was easy.

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5 Animals With Superpowers Way Cooler Than X-Men

August 3, 2014
Animals With Superpowers

Source: Dive

The natural world is capable of producing some really weird (and powerful) creatures. It’s no wonder that so many of our fictional superheroes are based on animals. A lot of them possess powers that would make even the most daring of us think twice before taking them on.

Mantis Shrimp

Animals With Superpowers Mantis

The peacock mantis shrimp is both beautiful and deadly Source: Dive

Don’t be fooled by this little guy’s diminutive size or colorful appearance – he packs quite a punch. In fact, the mantis shrimp has, pound for pound, one of the most powerful (and fastest) punches in the animal world. The various species of mantis shrimp are usually categorized based on how they hunt. Spearers have sharp claws with barbed tips which are usually used to stab prey. Smashers have club-like front claws and mostly rely on brute strength.

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Mitch Dobrowner’s Photography Makes Destructive Storms Absolutely Beautiful

August 1, 2014

For millennia, people have been both fascinated and terrified by storms. Massive, awe-inspiring storm systems have the unique ability to rise out of the most pristine day, promptly destroy what’s around them, and then disappear into the day or night as quickly as they arrived. Giving them greater power, they are one of the few elements of our lives over which we can never gain any control. This is all the more problematic as it’s becoming and more common for them to come with a multi-million dollar cleanup tab.

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Flower Artist Makoto Azuma Sends Trees And Flowers Into Space

August 1, 2014
Flower Artist Makato Azuma

Source: BuzzFeed

Have you ever wondered what a white pine bonsai tree would look like if it fell from the sky? Thanks to Tokyo-based Makoto Azuma, you don’t have to anymore. As part of his most recent project, titled Exobiotanica, Azuma dropped both a bonsai tree and a beautiful flower arrangement from the sky, photographing the fall using still cameras and video recorders. The resulting images are out of this world—literally.

Astounding Bonsai in Space

Source: Alternopolis

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