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Best of National Geographic's traveler photo contest

The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo has taken submissions from photographers all around the world. Here's a look at some of the stunning travel experiences seen through the lens of a camera.

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Barranco Camp at night, Kilimanjaro

Barranco camp was our third on our 7 day hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Taken after dinner while the group was getting ready to get a good nights rest before tackling infamous Barracno Wall in the morning.

Trevor Booth/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Angry Hippo

This was taking on a safari on private reserve in south africa called timbavati

Joey Senft/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Another perspective of the day

The fisherman at Bira Beach.

Dody Kusuma/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Bird of Paradise

Camoflauge.

Kathleen Sharif/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Connemara Ponies at Dusk

While driving through Ireland's Connemara region at the end of a dreary rainy day, two Connemara ponies unexpectedly ran alongside our car and began to play.  I slammed on the brakes and started shooting through the passenger window while the ponies put on a show as if they knew we were the only people around for miles.  Perfect ending to an amazing family vacation.

Joshua Boyd/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Cowboy in a Ribbon of Light

Rodeos always provide a sense of place. There's action, dirt, pride, you name it. It's a loud, flashy sport, with cheering and showboating.

But on the underbelly are quiet moments. The moments between bucking broncs, beer drinking and the announcers crude jokes. Moments like this one, where a young boy waits patiently for the next horse to come charging out of the chutes.

Dylan Brown/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Door to Hell

Standing at the edge of the Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan.  Known as the Door to Hell,  this flaming crater has been burning for decades, fueled by the rich natural gas reserves found below the surface...

Priscilla Locke/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Go-afoss

Go-afoss is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Located in the central north of the island translucent aqua water cascades over the horseshoe shaped falls and races down the canyon. Icicles cling to its rock ledges and fresh snow lies across the landscape under soft diffuse light of the type that only Iceland can deliver.

Joshua Holko/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Hagia Sophia Museum

Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called "the eighth wonder of the world" by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century.

It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatrk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.

Melih Sular/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Honor

With the death of the King Father, hundreds of thousands of Cambodian citizens gathered in the streets of Phnom Penh to mourn. Children and adults alike wait for hours in the searing khmer sun, waiting for his body to be brought to the Royal Palace. Boy Scouts and Cambodian Red Cross volunteers distribute bottled water to those who are showing signs of dehydration. People are fainting in the crowd as heat exhaustion takes over. No one is sure when the King will arrive yet no one dares to give up their spot. Here, Buddhist monks line Sothearos Blvd. awaiting the return of the King Father.

Alexander Crook/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Best of National Geographic's traveler photo contest

The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo has taken submissions from photographers all around the world. Here's a look at some of the stunning travel experiences seen through the lens of a camera.

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