Here are the winning images from National Geographic Traveler Magazine ‘s 2014 photography contest, chosen from over 18,000 entries.
Winner, Grand Prize – "The Independence Day", Julesburg, Colorado, USA, by Marko Korošec.
Marko Korošec / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest / Via travel.nationalgeographic.com
While on stormchasing expeditions in the Tornado Alley in the USA, I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching the storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on 28 May 2013. The storm was tornado-warned for more than one hour, but stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain.
Via Marko Korošec.
Second place – "First Time", Mea Shearim, Jerusalem, Israel, by Agnieszka Traczewska.
Agnieszka Traczewska / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest / Via travel.nationalgeographic.com
Mea Shearim, in the ultra-Orthodox district of Jerusalem. Newly married, Aaron and Rivkeh are, after the wedding ceremony, to stay together for the very first time alone. Their marriage was arranged by families. The 18-year-old candidates confirmed the choice from one meeting only. Since then, until the wedding day, they were prohibited to meet or even talk.
Via Agnieszka Traczewska.