21 Desktop Wallpapers From Traveler Photo Contest 2015

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Arctic Greeting

Photo and caption by Laura Keene

It was a surreal experience to be in the presence of these magnificent creatures, and difficult to stop observing and focus this pair of Polar Bear cubs in my viewfinder. They stood and seemingly waved in greeting when a nearby pair of cubs captured their attention. Bears congregate on the barrier islands of Kaktovik in northern Alaska every fall to partake of leftovers from Inupiat whaling before the Beaufort Sea freezes and they move on to hunt seal.

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Standing still

Photo and caption by Takahiro Bessho

In Japan, we have a little snow lately. But sometimes, the winter remembers how to snow on us. At this time, one of the most famous buildings in Japan was covered with a lot of snow. People couldn’t reach here because of traffic jam. It is so rare to see this site without any person. Of course, rarer with snow.

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Zermatt and Matterhorn in the Morning

Photo and caption by Andrey Omelyanchuk

This year I spent my winter holidays with my family at Zermatt ski resort. Zermatt is a small picturesque town located at the foot of the Matterhorn. The entire town is a car-free zone. Almost all vehicles in Zermatt are battery driven and completely silent. There are number of places with the amazing view of Zermatt and Matterhorn, but most of these places are rather difficult to access. To reach this stunning view point I had to hike up the ski slope in the dead of the night for 20 minutes.

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Explosive!

Photo and caption by Zhayynn James

We were at a watering hole in Ndutu when a herd of zebras and wildebeest panicked and bolted. Their leaping resulted in an explosion of mud and water which framed this zebra framed.

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Inner Peace

Photo and caption by evan foster

Upon landing in Jakarta for a visa run, I learned Ramadan was about to begin. I quickly dropped my bag off and bolted for Masjid Istiqlal. To be honest while I had no idea what to expect, I knew I had to be there. Inside, thousands of devout Muslims were preparing for Tarawih. And over the course of the next two hours, I witnessed one of the most epic events that I’ve ever seen. This image, I believe, poignantly conveys my otherwordly experience and its ethereal beauty.

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Glimpses of the Past

Photo and caption by Manny Librodo

In my trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia last year, we went to some less known temples where there were not much tourist. This ruin is a window to the past. It is a glimpse to the grandeur that was characteristics of the Khmer culture back then. A picture that spells out many contrast: Orange and Green, Past and Present, Young and Old.

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Train to Forest

Photo and caption by Saurabh Desai

I made this image during my journey to Bilimora town of Gujarat state of India, towards a small village called Vaghai in forest area. Due to lack of space in train many people travel over the train roof as it’s a small narrow-gauge train at a very slow speed. I created this image with slow shutter speed.

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Future – Bright or Faded

Photo and caption by Vijay Nagarajan

A moment of bliss after witnessing the lonely sub adult searching for her mother in the wide spread fog. The view replicated the future of this beast going into bright future or faded one. Let alone the homosapiens decide it.

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Electric Sunset

Photo by Marcio Cabral.

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Facing the Clouds

Photo and caption by Arby Lipman

Ominous shapes and figures form in a lightning storm brewing just off the coast.

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Painted Hills, Oregon

Photo and caption by John Richter

This was my first time visiting the Painted Hills in Oregon. As the evening light settled in, the hills started to give off a nice glow. Using my zoom lens, I picked this view for the converging lines.

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Encounters with an 8 meter whale shark

Photo and caption by Max Taylor

80 ft down and looking off into the blue, I sense something looking back. As the shadow grows larger and comes closer, the overwhelming sight of an 8 meter whale shark has me awe struck. The titan glides past, just a few feet away, when I remember the two things I should be doing – breathe! and get the photo! Taken in the Andaman Sea.

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Oia Sunset

Photo and caption by Mohammad Alajeel

The famous Oia’s Sunset , Santorini, Greece

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Yachen Gar

Photo and caption by Adriaan Devillé

 The monastery of yachen gar; some say as many as 40000 Buddhist monks and nuns live here to study Tibetan Buddhism.

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The Yellow People

Photo and caption by kaushal patil

The very famous “Shri Vittal Birdev” yatra at Pattankodoli in Kolhapur district.It’s very important ceremony of this fare Bhaknuk(Future predictions of Rains,Nature) of Shri Farande Baba(Vishvanath Waghmode) seen with the sword in the picture. This yatra is of Shepherds & the yellow colour is Bhandara thrown on the baba. He tells about the rains,Nature in the following year which is very useful for the farmers.He comes all the way from Anjan village in Vidharba & avatar of the god.

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Heavenly Fire over the Antarctic

Photo and caption by Raymond Liu

When i traveled Antarctic last November and happened to see the sunset clouds ….

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MARS

Photo and caption by Denis Budkov

Russia. Kamchatka. Tourists returning from a night excursion to the active volcano crater Tolbachik. Low clouds and light from the lava creates amazing red planet.

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Huayna Potosi

Photo and caption by Linda Rahmat

Three climbers making their way down after reaching the summit of Huayna Potosi mountain in Bolivia. They stopped to admire the breathtaking view as the sun had come up behind them.

When Nature Embraces Archeticture

When nature embraces archeticture

Photo and caption by Khalid Al Hammadi

I was waiting for this scene a long time ago, The master piece Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque floating and embracing by nature creates a magical rare scene during sunrise with its shadows reflected over the fog. I took this shot from the rooftop of 31 floor building in the first day of January, 2015, the first light of the new year was magical. I was chasing the weather everyday, after dozens of times I found what I was looking for, the moment that I can see how nature can embraces the architecture.

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Oni, chief of a Korowai tribe

Photo and caption by Martin Gros

Oni, the chief of the Korowai clan I met, during a scouting outing inside his territory. Deep in the jungle of Papua.

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Flamingos at Laguna Colorada

Photo and caption by Dharshana Jagoda

I visited Uyuni, Boliia and joined a 3 day tour to encounter the marvel that is known as the Uyuni salt flats. But instead I found this – the blood colored lake. This is the most unexpected and magnificent thing I came a cross during 4 months of backpacking in South America. Laguna Colorada gets the color from pigmentation of algae living in this salk lake.

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