Photo credit: Nat Geo / Dallas Nagata White
This is not something you see everyday, a couple kissing in front of a lavaflow. The amazing photo above was captured by Dallas Nagata White and here's what he has to say about it, "My husband and I, along with a tour guide and a group of friends, hiked up to what was formerly the Royal Gardens subdivision above Kalapana, Hawaii, where the last standing house was just recently taken over by the active lava flow. While waiting for the rain to pass, we started taking back-lit portraits of each other in front of the lava flow after I set up my camera on the tripod. For the last photo, my husband spontaneously dipped me in a kiss. It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment!" Continue reading for more.
10. Merit - Khotso Peace at Devil's Knuckles (Byron Inggs)
On arrival at Jonathanís Lodge our horses took to celebrating liberation from their heavy burdens.
With the backdrop of "The Devil's Knuckles" and the afternoons glow how could i not take advantage of these magnificent creatures rejoicing in the afternoons glow.
This was the end of the first of a three day horse back ride through Bushman's Nek, up the Drakensberg escarpment and into Lesothos' Sehlabathebe National Park.
9. Merit - LightSource (Marcelo Castro)
Young Monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside of his pagoda - Old Bagan, Burma Location: Old Bagan
8. Merit - Ladies in Waiting (Susie Stern)
While exploring Burough Market in London, I was delighted to come across four lovely young women dressed in vintage white dresses, eating ice cream as the local shopkeeper looked on.
Are they brides? Or bridesmaids. I don't know, but they are obviously enjoying a very special day. Location: Burough Market, London, England
7. Merit - A well earned rest in the Sahara (Evan Cole)
This photo, of Moussa Macher, our Touareg guide, was taken at the summit of Tin-Merzouga, the largest dune (or erg) in the Tadrat region of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria.
Moussa rested while waiting for us to finish our 45 minute struggle to the top. It only took 10 minutes of rolling, running and jumping to get to get back down.
The Tadrat is part of the Tassili N'Ajjer National Park World Heritage Area, famous for its red sand, and engravings and rock paintings of cattle, elephants, giraffes and rhinos that lived there when the climate was milder. Location: Summit of Tin-Merzouga, Tadrat, Tassili N'Ajjer National Park, Algeria.
6. Merit - Divine Makeover (Mahesh Balasubramanian)
Taken during "The Mayana Soora Thiruvizha" festival takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam, the day after Mahashivarathiri (The great night of Shiva).
The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in Southern India. Location: Kaveripattinam, Tamilnadu, India
5. Merit - Foggy Small Town (Duowen Chen)
This photo was captured at noon, 25.12.2013, from the castle which is located on the edge of the small town and is the perfect viewpoint for the panorama of the almost intact historical town.
The fog and mist suffused and gave the town a sense of mystery. Location: Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemian, Czech Republic.
4. Merit - End of the World (Sean Hacker Teper)
This photo, taken at the 'end of the world' swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua.
The eruption took place on February 1st, 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud. Location: Banos, Ecuador
3. Third Place - Diver in Magic Kingdom (Marc Henauer)
Green Lake (Gruner See) is located Tragoss Austria. In spring snowmelt raises the lake level about 10 meters. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks covering the hiking trails, meadows, trees.
The result is magical to watch diving landscapes. Location: Gruner See at Tragoss - Austria
2. Second Place - First Time (Agnieszka Traczewska)
Mea Shearim, ultra Orthodox district of Jerusalem. Newly married, Aaron and Rivkeh after the wedding ceremony are to stay together for the very first time, alone.
Their marriage was arranged by families. 18 years old candidates confirmed the choice in result of the one meeting only. Since then until the wedding day they were prohibited to meet or even talk. Location: Mea Shearim, Jerusalem, Israel
1. Grand Prize - The Independence Day (Marko Korosec)
While on storm chasing expeditions in the Tornado Alley in USA I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching the storm near Julesburg, Colorado on My 28th, 2013.
The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but stayed an LP storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail and some rain. Location: Julesburg, Colorado, USA