National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

24th National Geographic Traveler photo contest came to an end, and the judge was about to pick winners, and online voting ended on July 20. Here are some beautiful pictures of participants in four categories: Travel, Landscapes, The feeling of space and unexpected moments.

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Kiss of the lava: My husband and I were in the tour group went to the Kalapanu in Hawaii, where the last standing house has just swallowed a lava flow. While we were waiting for a train pass by, we started taking pictures of each other on a background of lava (I set the camera on a tripod). And my husband suddenly kissed me. It was an unforgettable moment! (© Dallas Nagata White / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

This photo was taken near Arctic Bay last month. To our knowledge, this is the highest point, where ever raised a balloon with passengers. To see a balloon flying between the icebergs - it is something. (© Michelle Valberg / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Portrait of an elderly Burmese. (© Leon Shkolnik / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Fast Fall: As soon as I discovered this road before rolling on the Muskoka region of Ontario in Canada, I realized that I will definitely be back here again. (© Alessandro Cancian / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

African leopard in a tree in the Samburu Reserve in Kenya . (© Juan Hernandez / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

The spiral downward: Beautiful spiral staircase in the Vatican Museum. (© Syaza Mohammed Shakharulain / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Silk bottom: after dives in the Bahamas, a small group of curious silk sharks swam a look at our boat closer. (© Jorge Cervera Hauser / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Rainbow people: Fulfilling the daily work in the local press center, I had to find interesting pictures to prove their qualities of a good photographer. When I saw this beautiful colorful building - namely, a hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, - a man suddenly appeared in the window. Wasting no time, I grabbed the camera and waited for the right moment. (© Ahmad Izzrafiq Alias / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Volcanic photo on «National Geographic» always relate to the proper lighting, cones and lava erupting, but since volcanoes also provide useful dirt, where you can swim! In particular, this volcano is ready to place in its crater, 10-15. (© Jorgen Tharaldsen / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

A forest of cranes in Louisiana: building after Hurricane Katrina in an area of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. (© Tom Walsdorf / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

A frightening experience of the research ice cave on the north side of Alpine peaks at an altitude of 3800 m above sea level, it is difficult to describe in words. Especially in summer when the ice melts, giving way to an entirely new entities. You need to stay focused, be considerate of everyone, even the smallest movement and devote himself to this task. Reward: Experience an amazing penetration into something pure and truly unique. (Kamil Tamiola / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Persons who have kissed the sun. It was in the north-west coast of Cebu - the tourist capital of the Philippines. Every year there is a colorful celebration called Lapiahan. It was first held in 2008. Children dress up in colorful costumes on the maritime theme, which pays tribute to zhemchezhno-white shores of the city. This is a group photo perfectly captured the well-coordinated nature of the event, as well as sun-drenched faces of children enjoying their submission to the tourists. (© Erwin Choachuy / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Sunset on the Beach Patar web stretching from the beach into the sea in the town of Bolinao Patar in the Philippines. (© Hilario Marbella / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Maiko This photo was taken in Kyoto, Japan. Her name is Tosimana she maiko. I stumbled upon it in a small side street of the city. At first she refused my request to photograph her, but on the way back yet agreed. (© Seiya Bowen / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Ku-ku Coast of Oahu frequent cetaceans, but most can be found here dlinnorylyh Hawaiian dolphins. Once the boat was surrounded by the largest number of dolphins that I have ever seen. They swam with us for an hour. But it seemed to me that it all happened so fast - just a moment of magic. (© Kimberly James / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Joy. Children having fun in the car in the city of Cebu in the Philippines. Innocent, pure joy. (© Mac Kwan / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Tamblianskoe Lake is located on the northern flank of the volcano near the village of Mortar Munduk, Bali, Indonesia. This is one of three lakes, formed a large caldera. To the east of it are, and Beratan Lake Bauyan. At the edge of the lake is the temple Gubug. Unfortunately, due to rains and floods, the water gradually flooded the church. (© Agung Krisprimandoyo / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Reality. I saw this old man at the entrance to the temple in Sri Lanka. He was so quiet, sitting on the ground motionless and stared at the temple of his deep eyes. The wrinkles on his face and expressive eyes are themselves tell the story of his life. (© Sachi Wickramage / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Farewell, my friend. Elephants are famous for their memory and intelligence, as well as qualities such as empathy, altruism and compassion. We stumbled upon this dead elephant, which had already chosen the jackals and vultures. But then we heard and then saw him hurrying yet another elephant, more precisely, the elephant. She drove the scavengers, and then gently and carefully grabbed his trunk tusk of an elephant. She stood there for several hours, protecting his friend. (© John Chaney / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Supercell and lightning. Picture taken near the border of Nebraska and Kansas. (© Jennifer Brindley / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Blast Holi Holi - a colorful festival where people throw at each other's paint and colored powder. For many, this is a great excuse to go crazy. As the locals say: "Do not be offended, this is Holly!» (© Giselle Natassia / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

In Hunger has no boundaries. Lonely Lioness tracked down a family of giraffes in the Moremi Reserve in Botswana. After waiting for an opportunity when they entered the dense thicket, she attacked the baby giraffe. (© Alwyn Chong / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Soaring with the lake Chelatna Seaplanes in Alaska - it is something. Believe it or not, but to many places in Alaska are only accessible way. (© Janet Kotwas / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Blizzard. Monument Buzludja on 1441-meter summit was built in honor of the Bulgarian Communists events in 1891, when the Socialists came here secretly led by Blagoev, to organize the socialist movement. The monument was opened in 1981. The government no longer supports it, and the monument fell into disrepair. See it in the winter was unforgettable. (© Thomas Jorion / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Yosemite Valley. Early morning in April 2011. In Yosemite Valley fog. Fascinating. (© Hong Zeng / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Your life - this is your life. On the creation of this photo has inspired me to my favorite writer. It brings life and freedom. "Your life - this is your life. Rise and Live "- Terry Goodkind," Faith of the Fallen. " Photo taken in Colorado. (© Tareyn Kaster / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Sunset over Bruges. Bruges is known for its magnificent medieval architecture. Belfort, urban Gothic cathedral, the Church of the Virgin Mary's Cathedral on the left and right side of St. Salvator's, as well as the roofs of houses are bathed in golden rays of the setting sun. (© Calvin Lee / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Flying over the islands of Exuma in the Bahamas in a canoe with wings, built-in camera with remote control. (© Leona Boyd / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Dragon Wave. Photo was taken on the beach Kee. (© Lace Andersen / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Woman milks a nomad yak on the heath, Sichuan, China, after the last day before a snowfall. (© John Quintero / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Dawn on the hills Paluzy. The first rays of the sun lit up the hills in the Eastern Washington. (© Randall Roberts / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Operating tours in Tofino, British Columbia, I saw this kitenka humpback, vyprygnuvshego out of the water right next to our boat. On the way back we saw some whales in the waters of fiddling not far from us. It was something incredible! (© Matthew Thornton / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Madagascar - a unique country. Despite the wealth of natural resources, it remains one of the poorest countries on the planet. She has suffered from deforestation and the destruction of landscapes of mining, but all its beauty lies in the people who live in Madagascar. This girl - his wife heads of the village. (© Lisa Labinjoh / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

A broken home. I stumbled upon this place by accident. I was only 7 minutes to install the camera and take pictures, because then started a downpour of hail. (© Jeff Berkes / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Underwater surfing. Picture taken at the outer reef Fuji. (© Lucia Griggi / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

The window of the Lord is a self-portrait, which I did in Tankva Karoo in the Western Cape Province in South Africa. Looking down, I realized what we tiny creatures. (© Karin Schermbrucker / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)