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    June 10 2015

    Our Favorite Iceland Submissions from the National Geographic Photo Contest

    Iceland’s majestic scenery is a favorite subject for many of this year’s photographers.

    Ed Graham / Alejandro Prieto / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest / Via travel.nationalgeographic.com

    National Geographic holds an annual Traveler Photography Contest, and this year a number of submissions were taken in Iceland! We’ve selected a few of our favorites below (Buzzfeed liked them too!).

    The above photo was taken by photographer Ed Graham, who says, “I had a tripod set up on Godafoss waterfall in Iceland last month. I used a 10-stop ND filter to capture the movement of the water as the sun set in the distance.” The results are more than lovely - it looks like heaven on earth! The waterfall can be found on river Skjálfandafljót in Northeast Iceland. Godafoss, which translates to “waterfall of the gods,” gets its name from the story of Þorgeir Þorkelsson, a priest of the old Norse gods who decided all of Iceland should convert to Christianity, and in symbolizing this conversion, he threw the old gods into the falls.


    ng thjorsa.jpgSarah Alsayegh / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest / Via travel.nationalgeographic.com

    Sarah Alsayegh captured this during a photography trip to Iceland. Here she has taken an aerial snapshot of the river Thjorsa, which is the largest river in Iceland at 143 miles long. Thjorsa stems from the glacier Hofsjokull, and passes through the highlands of Iceland until joining the Tungnaa River. Thjorsa is known for its fishing and water rafting in Iceland, and this picture taken by Sarah certainly does it justice. Click here to see more images like this one.


    longform-original-18237-1432828181-14.jpgAndrew George / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest / Via travel.nationalgeographic.com

    Photographer Andrew George said of his photo submission: “Last night’s aurora borealis in Iceland with moonlight.” Stunning. Iceland is the perfect place to watch the northern lights, and NASA has predicted that this winter the lights will be their most intense in over a decade!


    longform-original-24235-1432829119-23.jpgSam Morris / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest / Via travel.nationalgeographic.com

    Photographer Sam Morris says, “Focusing on one single iceberg, I wanted to show the isolation of the landscape, set on a small volcanic island in the north Atlantic. Using a slow shutter to give a sense of the mystical beauty of Iceland. Photographed next to Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon which sends iceberg break-offs from the Vatnajokull Glacier out to sea. These large and beautiful blue sculptures of ice often end up on the volcanic black beaches of Iceland as a result of the strong tides at the coast.”

    That’s not all - there are plenty more contest entries that depict Iceland’s otherworldly beauty! Glenda Yu’s gorgeous waterfall photograph “Frozen Time” was taken in Akureyri, Iceland, where rushing water has frozen over in streaks and paths. “Black Sands” is one of many beautiful Icelandic photographs taken by contestant Conor Shavers. Check out his complete gallery here for more unbelievable photos of Iceland!

    The grand prize for the National Geographic Traveler’s Photo contest winner is an eight-day trip to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. The contest ended on June 8 and the winners will be announced in early August.

    Click here to view all the submissions sent from around the globe.

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