National Geographic invited thousands of photographers from around the world to enter their annual Traveler Photo Contest, with the grand-prize winner receiving a 10-day expedition to the Galapagos for two. In the image above, Mother Nature’s stunning power is on display at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, lighting up the night with both celestial and terrestrial Flames. Continue reading to see more.
“Our photo contest turns 25 this year, making it, we believe, the longest-running travel photo contest in the world,” said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor in chief. “In the last few years it seems as if the quality of shots has taken a quantum leap forward. The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult. We encourage photographers to enter their work and compete against the best.”