Awe-Inspiring Adventure Photos From Around the World

See astounding images from adventures around the globe and enter your own photos in the 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest.

MORAINE LAKE, CANADA

"My best ever travel experience. I was desperate to come back to Moraine Lake because I had been here twice before as a child on holiday and it had become my favourite memory. Coming back as an adult meant I was able to finally capture in person the views that I'd always seen on postcards and when a woman came to just sit and wonder at the incredible view I knew I had a good shot. The combination of the sheer beauty of Canada and fulfilling a personal dream made this shot my personal favourite."

PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE VALLER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

FREEDIVER, SWALLOWS CAVE, TONGA

"A freediver swim in the deep of "swallows cave" in Tonga. This cave is settled by more than few thousand fish. They offer you a spectacular ballet when you dive inside. The contrast between the dark of the bottom and the light of the top make bright the fishes like stars."
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARC HENAUER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

NEW ZEALAND, MILFORD SOUND

"One of the wettest places in the world, and certainly the wettest place in inhabited New Zealand is the beautiful Milford Sound. Mitre Peak rises 1692 meters at the center of this shot and is seen reflected in the freshwater basin easily accessible from a public parking lot. My tripod was set down low to get as much reflection as possible here. The photo was originally shot in RAW, therefore adjustments and sharpening were done in lightroom. Can't wait to return sometime soon!"
PHOTOGRAPH BY DANNY GARCIA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

SKIER IN SPAIN

"Freeride skiing in Spain with Antonio Tamayo."
PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID MARTINEZ MORENO, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT


FISHERMAN AT MONTMORENCY FALLS IN QUEBEC

"Man v nature. A spotlight from the late evening sun isolates a solitary angler against the backdrop of the spectacular Montmorency Falls, Québec. This is a scene of striking contrasts:- the angler dwarfed by the 83m waterfall; and the gentle rhythm of his casting, a soothing remedy to the thundering chaos behind."
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN MACKLE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT


JÖKULSÁRLÓN, ICELAND

"The mornings in Iceland were not the easiest for me. Dark, cold and windy addition. The conditions at Jökulsárlón exceeded my wildest expectations. Puzzled pieces of ice in various shades of white and blue, a warm light illuminating the tops of the mountains covered in snow."
PHOTOGRAPH BY MATEUSZ GORNY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

SWISS ALPS SKIING

"A group of skiers skiing on the slopes of Jungfrau mountain in Swiss alps of Bernese Oberland region."
PHOTOGRAPH BY PRADEEP CHITTA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

REINDEER, JOKKMOKK, SWEDEN

"This photo captures the moment that I, along with 3 other Sami reindeer herders become a little lost while migrating with 350 reindeer. They were rounded up from a section of forest around 30kms south of this point. Our goal was to take them, via rivers, northwards to pastures new using the network of rivers and lakes that flow through Sweden. This was taken on Randijaur lake, Jokkmokk, Sweden"
PHOTOGRAPH BY ADAM CUNNINGHAM-WHITE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

SKYDIVING QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

"A freefly skydiving group exits the plane over outback Queensland, Australia"
PHOTOGRAPH BY K. BULLOCK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

WHALE SHARK GULF OF THAILAND

"The young Whale Shark was swimming in the Gulf of Thailand at a popluar dive site called Sail Rock near the island of Koh Pha Ngan. The brief encounter was was captured whilst diving the remote reef which the graceful giant was using as cleaning station, a sort of car wash for big fish."
PHOTOGRAPH BY DAN CHARITY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

"In the minus 15 degrees, I climbed the mountain to see beautiful scenery."

PHOTOGRAPH BY HAYASHI YUUSUKE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT

Where have you recently travelled? From the most remote corners of the world to epic adventures in our backyards, photographers, adventurers, and travellers are sharing their visions of earth in the 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Gather your best photos, and enter to win a trip to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and be named the 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year!

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