Glacier Valley, Iceland
Photograph by Adam Henning, National Geographic Your Shot
National Geographic Your Shot contributor Adam Henning's sweeping photo of an Icelandic valley was one of 20 chosen for a Travelogue story compiled by one of our photo editors.
"On a cloudy day we traveled to the west end of the Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland," Henning says. When the clouds opened, the travelers saw "this amazing valley with Eyjafjallajökull and Katla standing over a river floor layered with black ash, sand, and lava from years of eruptions and flooding."
McWay Falls, Big Sur
Photograph by Mukul Soman, National Geographic Your Shot
Your Shot contributor Mukul Soman's nighttime photo of McWay Falls at Big Sur, California, was also featured in the Travelogue assignment. "This famous location at Big Sur is often photographed, but becomes more intriguing under the night sky," senior photo editor Sarah Polger explains. "The long exposure allows trees blowing in the wind to soften to a dreamy, brushed aesthetic, as the deep colors of the sky and ocean saturate the frame."
Cenote Diver, Mexico
Photograph by Tian Tian, National Geographic Your Shot
A diver explores Mexico's Aktun Ha cenote—also known as Car Wash.
National Geographic Your Shot contributor Tian Tian says the dive was his first at the site, a popular destination for cave and cavern diving. In summer, he says, "there is an algae layer at the surface, which traps much of the sunlight and creates a mysterious green atmosphere."
Aurora in Lofoten Islands, Norway
Photograph by Kevin Gorton, National Geographic Your Shot
The northern lights glow over the Lofoten Islands in this picture taken by Your Shot community member Kevin Gorton. "I shot this image of the aurora on my first trip to Arctic Norway in March 2013; a truly stunning place and the chance to see the aurora makes it irresistible," he says. "Witnessing the aurora is so special and surreal."
The Lofoten Islands, in Norway's far north, are a peninsula-like chain of wild, craggy shards jutting into the Norwegian Sea above the Arctic Circle.
Madâin Sâlih, Saudi Arabia
Photograph by Nao Anjo, National Geographic Your Shot
National Geographic Your Shot member Nao Anjo contributed this picture of Madâin Sâlih, the archaeological site of Al-Hijr. The first Saudi Arabia location to be placed on the World Heritage List, Al-Hijr was once home to the ancient Nabataeans.
Girl in Srimangal, Bangladesh
Photograph by Thornton Cohen, National Geographic Your Shot
National Geographic Your Shot contributor Thornton Cohen shared this striking picture. "I had a last day of walking around what had become my favorite Bangladeshi market in the tea plantation town of Srimangal," he writes. "While I had raked through its hidden corners for more images, I knew it had not given up all. Then I found the drummaker and his family."
Photograph by Kalle Ståhlberg, National Geographic Your Shot
A waterfall on the Portuguese island of Madeira is captured in "an amazingly atmospheric light," says National Geographic Your Shot contributor Kalle Ståhlberg of Finland. The falls are part of the 25 Fontes, a scenic destination in Madeira's Rabaçal Valley.
Photograph by David McLain, Aurora
Topping out at 541 feet high, the Singapore Flyer is currently the tallest observation wheel in the world. During the 32-minute spin, riders—in air-conditioned cabins that can hold 28 people each—can see for nearly 30 miles.
Montes de María, Colombia
Photograph by Paul Smith, Panos Pictures
Spreading out across northern Colombia, the Montes de María are part of the San Jacinto mountain chain. Part of the mountainous area, which borders the Caribbean, is protected land.
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