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  • June 26, 2015

Photo of the Day: Best of June

Author
Alexa Keefe

I have a confession to make. Aside from photographing my nine-year-old daughter, which I do often, I hardly ever take pictures. The one exception is when I travel—when new surroundings present patterns, colors, light, and lines that inspire me to pick up my camera (or iPhone, as the case may be) and create my own interpretations. Every year, the Traveler Photo Contest invites aspiring and professional photographers alike to share images of the people, places, and things that have inspired them (like the underwater shot of a Hawaiian petrel above). And then I get to take a virtual trip when editing Photo of the Day, which is the next best thing.

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A view of the Blue Mosque as seen from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
Dome Sweet Dome
Photograph by Michael O’Brien, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

“Today in Istanbul, Sultan Ahmet Mosque [also known as the Blue Mosque] and Hagia Sophia are surrounded by busy streets and streams of visitors,” writes Traveler Photo Contest entrant Michael O’Brien. “Yet it is still possible to glimpse a timeless and ancient view.” O’Brien captured this perspective from an upper window in the Hagia Sophia, now a museum.

An impressionistic view of a weeping cherry tree in bloom
Imperial Blossoms
Photograph by Yukio Miki, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

A weeping cherry tree blooms on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan. The trees typically bloom in late March and early April. “It is like an old Japanese painting, and you should not miss [it],” writes photographer Yukio Miki.

A surfer paddles in the waves at Praia Mole in Brazil
Ocean World
Photograph by Chris Schmid, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

With the help of a drone, photographer Chris Schmid captures a bird’s-eye view of a surfer at Praia Mole, a popular party beach and surf destination in Florianópolis, Brazil.

A Hamar woman and her son stand beneath a dramatic sky in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. “After walking from our tent along the riverbed, we met up with this nearby village and the beautiful people [who] lived there,” writes photographer Carey Nash. “We felt so welcomed.”
Under African Skies
Photograph by Carey Nash, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

A Hamar woman and her son stand beneath a dramatic sky in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. “After walking from our tent along the riverbed, we met up with this nearby village and the beautiful people [who] lived there,” writes photographer Carey Nash. “We felt so welcomed.”

A buffalo reflected in a water trough
Buffalo Head
Photograph by Wes Eisenhauer, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

“I was traveling through South Dakota and decided to visit Custer State Park during their annual buffalo roundup,” writes Wes Eisenhauer, who submitted this photo to the Traveler Photo Contest, happening now. “As I approached the area where the buffalo are kept and counted, most of the herd scattered at my presence. This buffalo stayed and had a few more sips of water while I snapped a few pictures … We both stood quietly for just a moment before she turned and walked away.”

Cavers silhouetted by rays of light streaming into Indonesia's Grubug Cave
Light at the End
Photograph by Elena Bobrova, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Light streams into Indonesia’s Grubug Cave, captured by photographer Elena Bobrova after descending nearly 200 feet into neighboring Jomblang Cave and traveling through a natural horizontal corridor. Bobrova writes that the vision was “so beautiful that someone called it ‘the light of heaven.”’

A sunlit rock formation jutting out of the sea in the Galapagos Islands
Islands in the Sea
Photograph by Mary E. Mackey, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Sunlight paints a rock formation in the Galápagos Islands. Cruise passenger Mary E. Mackey was relaxing on deck after a shore excursion when she noticed the evening light. Not having her 35mm camera with her, Mackey captured the image with her iPhone. “I didn’t want to miss this opportunity,” she writes.

Inspired yourself? The 2015 Traveler Photo Contest continues until June 30 at 12 p.m. EDT. Information on how you can enter is available here.


Alexa Keefe is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from around National Geographic. The full archive is accessible here.

See which pictures were featured in our last roundup, Photo of the Day: Best of May.

There are 14 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. ameen
    February 4, 2016

    good

  2. Genesis Camacho
    August 22, 2015

    “Under African Skies” gives off a great aesthetic vibe. It is so raw and truly admirable.

  3. Donna Shipley
    August 6, 2015

    Nice variety. I liked most of them VERY much

  4. Akhilesh Raja
    July 27, 2015

    Very beautiful pictures

  5. Silvia Vallejo Hidalgo
    July 26, 2015

    Hermosas fotografías, felicitaciones

  6. Miranda
    July 16, 2015

    the light of heaven amazed me very much

  7. Shelley Housley
    July 12, 2015

    All the best aspects of world-wild travel.

  8. Caz
    July 2, 2015

    Absolutely stunning, thank you for sharing these.

  9. Asraafreen
    July 2, 2015

    i liked alejandro’s predators one the most.

  10. Lamaan
    July 2, 2015

    Lovely pictures!

  11. Larry Gleaves
    June 28, 2015

    Very nice pictures.

  12. Abdul Rehman
    June 27, 2015

    Vryyy nycc..sooparb

  13. Abdull Rehman
    June 27, 2015

    I Like it..

  14. giusepperocchetti911@gmail.com
    June 27, 2015

    Beautiful !

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