10 Incredible Aerial Highlights from the 2015 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest kicked off on April 7. Official categories include Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments.

Aerial photographs are taken from helicopters, airplanes, and even drones.

Contest prizes include:

1st prize: An eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Costa Rica and the Panama Canal with airfare for two
2nd prize: A six-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone for two
3rd prize: A six-day cruise from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage for two
7 merit prize winners will receive: A $200 gift certificate to B&H Photo

*Last Call for Entries! Contest closes June 30*

Click here to submit your own photo to the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.


03 10 Amazing Aerial Highlights from the 2015 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

© Anders Andersson

A bird´s view of tulip fields near Voorhout in the Netherlands, photographed with a drone in April 2015


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© Lauren Bath

I was on a job in WA and had been doing a lot of aerial work whilst on a boat in the Kimberley. When I got back to the mainland I had been scheduled a joy flight out to the oyster farms and luckily scored the same pilot. Since we already knew each other, Guy suggested flying over a field that usually has wild horses. As we approached everything came together nicely, they ran wild through the marsh and I snapped away. Not my sharpest shot but this photo is everything I love about photography.


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© Sean Ensch / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

During a Workshop I have taken an aerial photography trip capturing the River of Thjorsa largest river in Iceland via Aerial.


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© Achmad Sumawijaya / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Fog covered Cemoro Lawang when the sun rises through the mist of the morning


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© Stuart Chape / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Aerial photo taken from a helicopter over Sydney Harbour, opera house and city


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© Ian Bird

This wave is situated right near the CBD of Sydney. Some describe it as the most dangerous wave in Australia, due to it breaking on barnacle covered rocks only a few feet deep and only ten metres from the cliff face. If you fall off you could find yourself in a life and death situation. This photo was taken 300 feet directly above the wave from a helicopter, just as the surfer is pulling under the lip of the barrel.


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© Jassen T.

Incredibly beautiful and extremely remote. Koehn Lake, Mojave Desert, California. Aerial Image.


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© Stuart Chape

Aerial photo of people swimming in a rock pool on the coastline near Sydney, Australia


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© Gaston Piccinetti

Aerial view of African Elephants (Loxodonta africana), in the floodplain, Okavango Delta, Botswana. The Okavango Delta is home to a rich array of wildlife. Elephants, Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, impala, zebras, lechwe and wildebeest are just some of the large mammals can be found in abundance, drawing in predators such as lions, leopards, African wild dog, cheetah and crocodile.


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© Ingrid Teda

A little treat to myself for working and studying hard, I booked a beautiful Hamilton Island adventure which took me to the Great Barrier Reef. Forever seeking the perfect shot I couldn’t resist seeing this beautiful natural wonder by air. My greatest wish is that we protect the reef from decay so that many generations to come will continue to marvel at its beauty.

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