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15 Sublime Proofs of Our World's Natural Magnificence

 Our Earth's landscape is diverse - from its vast oceans and natural scenery to its urban culture and city life. The photographs below, captured by National Geographic's Traveler Photo contestants, portray our planet in a light we seldom see it in. Take a look at some of Earth's most intimate nature shots and urban scenes.
 
 

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1. Camel racers in Oman
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Ahmed Al Toqi/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
2. Carlos Correa, a Freediver, ascends towards the light while on a break during the 2015 Caribbean Cup of Freediving in Rotan, Honduras
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Alex St. Jean/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
3. These unusually large and spherical boulders, known as the Moeraki Boulders, lie along a stretch of Koekohe Beach in New Zealand
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Davide Simiele/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
4. Two people enjoying a canoe ride on Lake Louise's turquoise waters in Banff, Alberta
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Ben Leshchinsky/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
5. A young humpback calf swims in the waters outside of Tonga
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Marc Henauer/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
6. Tourists capture the breathtaking Niagra Falls
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Christine Hess/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
 
7. Chile's Villarrica volcano, located south of Santiago, erupting 
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Cristobal Escobar/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
8. Two Adelie Penguins stand atop an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: David Menaker/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
9. A silhouetted figure moves through steam, against the backdrop of the Chrysler Building in NYC
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Steve Wadden/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
10. A herd of wildebeest make their way toward the river in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Mohammed Yousef/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
11. A tornado just misses a home near Simla, Colorado
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: James Smart/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
12. The radiant glow and heat of the sun on a late afternoon shines down on the Gorner Glacier above the Swiss town of Zermatt, offering enough warmth to let algae grow in the snow, casting a pink hue with their growth.
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Derek Gerstmann/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
13. The Rock restaurant, captured just off shore in Zanzibar
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Dale Johnson/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
14. 'Halle de Circe' in Eiskogelhohle cave in Salzburg, Austria
photos, earth, nature, photo competitionImage: Peter Gedei/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
15. Sunrise at Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
photos, earth, nature, photo competition

Image: Jassen T.//National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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