2013 Photo Contest Winners

We were overwhelmed by the number of amazing travel photos submitted to our first-ever photo contest. In the end, though, these were our favorites. Check out our finalists and 5 grand-prize winners.

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President Barack Obama bows to First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural ball in Washington, DC on Jan. 21, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  

Serena Williams of United States of America celebrates match point in her Women's Singles Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris. 960 1280

Julian Finney/Getty Images  

Revelers take part in a giant pillow fight in Trafalgar Square on "International Pillow Fight Day" on April 6, 2013 in London. Mass public pillow fights have been arranged in numerous cities around the world as part of the "Urban Playground Movement" which facilitates free, public non-commercial events. 960 1280

Oli Scarff/Getty Images  

Actors playing Confederate troops raise their hats in celebration after the Pickett's Charge reenactment at the finale of the Blue Gray Alliance events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, in Gettysburg, PA on June 30, 2013. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1-3, 1863, in and near the town of Gettysburg, PA and was the battle with the highest number of casualties in the Civil War. The Union army defeated a force led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee in what is often described as the t 960 1280

REUTERS/Mark Makela  

Actress Tilda Swinton sleeps in a box for her performance piece called "The Maybe." at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on April 17, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Keith Bedford   

An aerial view shows people sitting in formation to the words "thank you" and displaying signs that collectively read "Arigato" (Thank You) during an event celebrating Tokyo being chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games, at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 8, 2013. Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Commit 960 1280

REUTERS/Kyodo  

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London on July 23, 2013. Prince William and his wife Kate gave the world its first glimpse of their new baby on Tuesday when they left hospital to a barrage of camera flashes with the boy who is third in line to the British throne. 960 1280

REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton   

An image of late South African President Nelson Mandela is projected on the facade of City hall in Paris on Dec. 6, 2013. South African anti-apartheid hero Mandela died peacefully at home in Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 95 on Thursday after months fighting a lung infection, leaving his nation and the world in mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. 960 1280

REUTERS/Charles Platiau   

Nik Wallenda walks a high wire over the Grand Canyon on June 23, 2013 in Arizona. 960 1280

Tim Boyles/Getty Images  

People look at a light installation at the Berlin Cathedral during the opening day of the "Festival of Light" show in Berlin on Oct. 9, 2013. Several landmarks and tourist spots will be illuminated in the German capital from October 9 to 20, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz  

The Louisville Cardinals celebrate after they won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. 960 1280

Andy Lyons/Getty Images  

A ferry sails past as a man sitting on a bench looks at a photograph projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House on April 23, 2013 during a display showcasing photographs taken by members of the public depicting their daily lives. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia's population is about to tick past the 23 million mark as the country continues to grow at the fastest rate in the developed world. 960 1280

REUTERS/David Gray  

People ride the Luna Park Swing Ride as the "super moon" rises on Coney Island in New York City. The largest full moon of the year, called the "super moon," lit up the night sky on June 22, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  

The One World Trade Center tower is seen in this picture taken from the 57th floor before the opening of 4 World Trade Center tower in New York during a press tour on Nov. 8, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Mike Segar  

Adam Scott is victorious after sinking a putt for birdie on the 18th green during the Masters sudden death playoff at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA. 960 1280

Fred Vuich /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images   

Thousands of people take part in an annual water fight on Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 5, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Nir Elias   

An installation piece "Ringo" by artist Reina Kubota at the Art Students League of New York sculpture unveiling at Riverpark on June 19, 2013 in New York City. 960 1280

Rob Kim/Getty Images  

Wild ponies reach land after crossing the Assateague Channel during the 88th Annual Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, VA, on July 24, 2013. 960 1280

Maddie Meyer/The Washington Post via Getty Images  

Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts with 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ, on September 15, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson   

Tourists drive their Mini Hot Rod cars, produced by small carmaker Wenckstern, during a tour of famous landmarks in Berlin on July 27, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch  

Ryan Moore riding Estimate wins the Gold Cup on Ladies' Day during day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. 960 1280

Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse  

President Barack Obama gives the commencement address at the graduation ceremony of the class of 2013 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, on May 19, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jason Reed  

Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, stands beside its trophy after winning the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 12, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton   

People walk through "Heartwalk", a Times Square Valentine Heart in New York on February 12, 2013. The heart was made from boards salvaged from boardwalks from New York and New Jersey that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 960 1280

REUTERS/Keith Bedford   

Numerous tents are seen during the 2013 International I Camping Festival in Mount Wugongshan of Pingxiang, Jiangxi province, China on Sept. 14, 2013. The event attracted more than 15,000 campers all over the world, according to Xinhua News Agency. Picture taken September 14, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Stringer    

Some 3,500 newly-married couples applaud at the end of the mass wedding organized by the Unification Church and held in its headquarters in Gapyeong, east of Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 17, 2013. The Unification Church, set up by Sun Myung Moon in Seoul in 1954, is one of the world's most controversial religious organizations, and its devotees are often dubbed "Moonies" after the founder. 960 1280

KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images  

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he celebrates victory over the San Francisco 49ers in their NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, LA, February 3, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jim Young   

Runners pass the US Supreme Court during the Cupid's Undie Run, which raises money for the Children's Tumor Foundation and is billed by organizers as the "world's largest underwear race," in Washington, DC on Feb. 9, 2013. Organizers say they raised over $1 million between 18 US cities and filled all 1,000 slots in Washington, DC for race participants - who started and ended the 1.5-mile run by drinking at nearby bars. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   

People visit the Van Gogh Alive exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israel on Feb. 2, 2013, a day before its official opening. 960 1280

REUTERS/ Nir Elias   

A visitor walks past individual sleeping quarters in Moscow's first micro hostel on Feb. 3, 2013. The hostel offers accommodation for over 100 people in self-contained prefabricated sleeping cells called sleepboxes. 960 1280

REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin    

A group of people watch the grand lighting of the Bay Lights art installation on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on March 5, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. Designed by artist Leo Villareal, the Bay Lights is the world's largest LED light sculpture, spanning 1.8 miles long and 500 feet high with 25,000 individual LED lights. The installation will be on display daily from dusk to 2 a.m. for the next 2 years. 960 1280

Stephen Lam/Getty Images  

People take part in mass yoga session on the green roof of Marina Barrage in celebration of Singapore World Water Day on March 16, 2013 in Singapore. World Water Day is a global celebration of the importance of freshwater, and the crucial need for sensible and sustainable management of water. 960 1280

Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images  

Signer Solange Knowles performs at the 10th annual FYF music festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on August 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. 960 1280

Chelsea Lauren/WireImage  

Pope Francis has his skull cap removed by a child during an audience with children assisted by volunteers of Santa Marta institute in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on Dec. 14, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito  

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds a pair of scissors after cutting a ribbon to release a bottle of champagne during the naming ceremony of the "Royal Princess" cruise ship in Southampton, southern England on June 13, 2013. The ceremony involved a blessing, the tradition of smashing a bottle over the hull of the ship and a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards. 960 1280

REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool   

President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Oprah Winfrey in the East Room at the White House on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. 960 1280

Alex Wong/Getty Images  

A general view shows a "Barbie Dreamhouse" of Mattel's Barbie dolls in Berlin, May 15, 2013. The life-sized house, covering about 1,400 square meters offers visitors to try on Barbie's clothes in her walk-in closet, tour her living room and her kitchen. 960 1280

REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch  

The sculpture "Cloud Gate," commonly known as "the bean," is covered in snow on March 5, 2013 in Chicago, IL. The worst winter storm of the season is expected to dump 7-10 inches of snow on the Chicago area with the worst expected for the evening commute. 960 1280

Brian Kersey/Getty Images  

People dive into Dee Why rock pool to beat the heat on January 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney temperatures reached 45.8 degrees celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit) today, breaking the previous record of 45.3 set in 1939. 960 1280

Brendon Thorne/Getty Images  

Leonid Chernobayev of Belarus competes against India's Tripathi Shaliesh during their light heavyweight World Championship chess boxing match in Moscow, Nov. 28, 2013. Chess boxing alternates between a round of chess and a round of boxing in 3-minute intervals, and demands the most of its competitors, both mentally and physically. 960 1280

REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov   

Tourists ride camels during National Day Golden Week, a 7-day national holiday, at the Mingsha Shan oasis in Dunhuang, Gansu province, China on Oct. 4, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/China Daily  

Marchers hold hands in prayer at the end of the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, August 24, 2013. Thousands of marchers were expected in Washington, DC on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and to urge action on jobs, voting rights and gun violence. 960 1280

REUTERS/Larry Downing  

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz pose in the press room at the 85th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, CA. 960 1280

Dan MacMedan/WireImage  

Young ballroom dancers from Dancing Classrooms dance in Grand Central Terminal during centennial celebrations on the day the famed Manhattan transit hub turns 100 years old on February 1, 2013 in New York City. The terminal opened in 1913 and is the world's largest terminal covering 49 acres with 33 miles of track. Each day 700,000 people pass through the terminal where Metro-Noth Railroad operates 700 trains per day. 960 1280

Mario Tama/Getty Images  

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts between PBS Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita after delivering remarks on marketing healthier foods to children at the White House in Washington, DC on Oct. 30, 2013. Michelle Obama invited local schoolchildren to participate in the fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. 960 1280

REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  

Actresses in period costume pose by the first-class carriages pulled by a restored steam engine built in 1898, known as Met Locomotive No. 1, after it arrives at Moorgate station in a recreation of the first London Underground journey on January 13, 2013 in London. The London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday this month, the Metropolitan line being the first stretch between Paddington and Farringdon stations. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Orange Bowl MVP Lonnie Pryor #24 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after they won 31-10 against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Miami Gardens, FL. 960 1280

Chris Trotman/Getty Images  

Dragon dancers cross Canal Street during the 14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on February 17, 2013 in New York City. This year celebrates the Year of the Snake. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Britain's Prince Harry hits a baseball while participating in a baseball clinic during the launch of a new partnership between the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harlem RBI, a local community organization in New York, New York, May 14, 2013. Prince Harry is in the midst of week-long visit to the United States. 960 1280

REUTERS/Justin Lane/Pool  

Qatar unveils the largest flag in the world of 102.000 square meters, recognized by the Guinness World Records, December 15, 2013. 960 1280

Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images  

Paris Saint-Germain players throw David Beckham in the air at the end of their team's French Ligue 1 soccer match against Brest at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on May 18, 2013. David Beckham broke down in tears as he was substituted in the 81st minute. 960 1280

REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes  

Hundreds of Waka Ama crew perform the haka on the beach to celebrate Waitangi Day on Feb. 6, 2013 in Waitangi, New Zealand. The Waitangi Day national holiday celebrates the signing of the treaty of Waitangi on Feb. 6, 1840 by Maori chiefs and the British Crown, that granted the Maori people the rights of British Citizens and ownership of their lands and other properties. 960 1280

Sandra Mu/Getty Images  

508 people prepare to blow out candles at the same time to recognize Earth Hour at Riverside Avenue on March 23, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Businesses and households around the world will turn their lights off for an hour at 20:30 local time today, to celebrate Earth Hour, raise awareness about climate change and to show support for the use of renewable energy. Earth hour began in Australia in 2007 and is now celebrated in over 150 countries around the world. 960 1280

ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)  

Visitors lie on the grass beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington, DC on July 8, 2013. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall unveiled the new lighting on Monday as repair work for the earthquake damage in 2011 continues on the scaffolding-covered stone obelisk built in 2 phases, between 1848 and 1884, to honor the first US president. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   

A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the "Step into the Void" installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, Dec. 17, 2013. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), with a 1,000-meter drop below, where visitors can step out from the terrace, giving the visitors the impression of standing in the void. The glass room will open to the public on Dec. 21, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Robert Pratta    

Riva Lemanski, 6, poses on a giant 2-story rocking horse outside Christie's auction house in London on Aug. 5, 2013. The Rocking Horse is expected to sell for $38,000-$61,000 when it is auctioned at the Christie's Out of the Ordinary sale on Sep. 5, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett  

Divers play underwater checkers in Kaerepere, a small borough in Kehtna Parish, Rapla County in central Estonia on Jan. 13, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Ints Kalnins   

Tourists take photos of a 250-pound and 7-year-old titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) after it bloomed for the first time ever at the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, DC, July 22, 2013. The plant does not have an annual blooming cycle and is known to emit a putrid odor when it does bloom. 960 1280

REUTERS/Larry Downing   

Photos

President Barack Obama bows to First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural ball in Washington, DC on Jan. 21, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  

Serena Williams of United States of America celebrates match point in her Women's Singles Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris. 960 1280

Julian Finney/Getty Images  

Revelers take part in a giant pillow fight in Trafalgar Square on "International Pillow Fight Day" on April 6, 2013 in London. Mass public pillow fights have been arranged in numerous cities around the world as part of the "Urban Playground Movement" which facilitates free, public non-commercial events. 960 1280

Oli Scarff/Getty Images  

Actors playing Confederate troops raise their hats in celebration after the Pickett's Charge reenactment at the finale of the Blue Gray Alliance events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, in Gettysburg, PA on June 30, 2013. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1-3, 1863, in and near the town of Gettysburg, PA and was the battle with the highest number of casualties in the Civil War. The Union army defeated a force led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee in what is often described as the t 960 1280

REUTERS/Mark Makela  

Actress Tilda Swinton sleeps in a box for her performance piece called "The Maybe." at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on April 17, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Keith Bedford   

An aerial view shows people sitting in formation to the words "thank you" and displaying signs that collectively read "Arigato" (Thank You) during an event celebrating Tokyo being chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games, at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 8, 2013. Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Commit 960 1280

REUTERS/Kyodo  

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London on July 23, 2013. Prince William and his wife Kate gave the world its first glimpse of their new baby on Tuesday when they left hospital to a barrage of camera flashes with the boy who is third in line to the British throne. 960 1280

REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton   

An image of late South African President Nelson Mandela is projected on the facade of City hall in Paris on Dec. 6, 2013. South African anti-apartheid hero Mandela died peacefully at home in Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 95 on Thursday after months fighting a lung infection, leaving his nation and the world in mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. 960 1280

REUTERS/Charles Platiau   

Nik Wallenda walks a high wire over the Grand Canyon on June 23, 2013 in Arizona. 960 1280

Tim Boyles/Getty Images  

People look at a light installation at the Berlin Cathedral during the opening day of the "Festival of Light" show in Berlin on Oct. 9, 2013. Several landmarks and tourist spots will be illuminated in the German capital from October 9 to 20, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz  

The Louisville Cardinals celebrate after they won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. 960 1280

Andy Lyons/Getty Images  

A ferry sails past as a man sitting on a bench looks at a photograph projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House on April 23, 2013 during a display showcasing photographs taken by members of the public depicting their daily lives. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia's population is about to tick past the 23 million mark as the country continues to grow at the fastest rate in the developed world. 960 1280

REUTERS/David Gray  

People ride the Luna Park Swing Ride as the "super moon" rises on Coney Island in New York City. The largest full moon of the year, called the "super moon," lit up the night sky on June 22, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  

The One World Trade Center tower is seen in this picture taken from the 57th floor before the opening of 4 World Trade Center tower in New York during a press tour on Nov. 8, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Mike Segar  

Adam Scott is victorious after sinking a putt for birdie on the 18th green during the Masters sudden death playoff at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA. 960 1280

Fred Vuich /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images   

Thousands of people take part in an annual water fight on Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 5, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Nir Elias   

An installation piece "Ringo" by artist Reina Kubota at the Art Students League of New York sculpture unveiling at Riverpark on June 19, 2013 in New York City. 960 1280

Rob Kim/Getty Images  

Wild ponies reach land after crossing the Assateague Channel during the 88th Annual Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, VA, on July 24, 2013. 960 1280

Maddie Meyer/The Washington Post via Getty Images  

Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts with 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ, on September 15, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson   

Tourists drive their Mini Hot Rod cars, produced by small carmaker Wenckstern, during a tour of famous landmarks in Berlin on July 27, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch  

Ryan Moore riding Estimate wins the Gold Cup on Ladies' Day during day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. 960 1280

Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse  

President Barack Obama gives the commencement address at the graduation ceremony of the class of 2013 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, on May 19, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jason Reed  

Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, stands beside its trophy after winning the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 12, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton   

People walk through "Heartwalk", a Times Square Valentine Heart in New York on February 12, 2013. The heart was made from boards salvaged from boardwalks from New York and New Jersey that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 960 1280

REUTERS/Keith Bedford   

Numerous tents are seen during the 2013 International I Camping Festival in Mount Wugongshan of Pingxiang, Jiangxi province, China on Sept. 14, 2013. The event attracted more than 15,000 campers all over the world, according to Xinhua News Agency. Picture taken September 14, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Stringer    

Some 3,500 newly-married couples applaud at the end of the mass wedding organized by the Unification Church and held in its headquarters in Gapyeong, east of Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 17, 2013. The Unification Church, set up by Sun Myung Moon in Seoul in 1954, is one of the world's most controversial religious organizations, and its devotees are often dubbed "Moonies" after the founder. 960 1280

KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images  

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he celebrates victory over the San Francisco 49ers in their NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, LA, February 3, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jim Young   

Runners pass the US Supreme Court during the Cupid's Undie Run, which raises money for the Children's Tumor Foundation and is billed by organizers as the "world's largest underwear race," in Washington, DC on Feb. 9, 2013. Organizers say they raised over $1 million between 18 US cities and filled all 1,000 slots in Washington, DC for race participants - who started and ended the 1.5-mile run by drinking at nearby bars. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   

People visit the Van Gogh Alive exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israel on Feb. 2, 2013, a day before its official opening. 960 1280

REUTERS/ Nir Elias   

A visitor walks past individual sleeping quarters in Moscow's first micro hostel on Feb. 3, 2013. The hostel offers accommodation for over 100 people in self-contained prefabricated sleeping cells called sleepboxes. 960 1280

REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin    

A group of people watch the grand lighting of the Bay Lights art installation on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on March 5, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. Designed by artist Leo Villareal, the Bay Lights is the world's largest LED light sculpture, spanning 1.8 miles long and 500 feet high with 25,000 individual LED lights. The installation will be on display daily from dusk to 2 a.m. for the next 2 years. 960 1280

Stephen Lam/Getty Images  

People take part in mass yoga session on the green roof of Marina Barrage in celebration of Singapore World Water Day on March 16, 2013 in Singapore. World Water Day is a global celebration of the importance of freshwater, and the crucial need for sensible and sustainable management of water. 960 1280

Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images  

Signer Solange Knowles performs at the 10th annual FYF music festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on August 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. 960 1280

Chelsea Lauren/WireImage  

Pope Francis has his skull cap removed by a child during an audience with children assisted by volunteers of Santa Marta institute in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on Dec. 14, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito  

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds a pair of scissors after cutting a ribbon to release a bottle of champagne during the naming ceremony of the "Royal Princess" cruise ship in Southampton, southern England on June 13, 2013. The ceremony involved a blessing, the tradition of smashing a bottle over the hull of the ship and a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards. 960 1280

REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool   

President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Oprah Winfrey in the East Room at the White House on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. 960 1280

Alex Wong/Getty Images  

A general view shows a "Barbie Dreamhouse" of Mattel's Barbie dolls in Berlin, May 15, 2013. The life-sized house, covering about 1,400 square meters offers visitors to try on Barbie's clothes in her walk-in closet, tour her living room and her kitchen. 960 1280

REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch  

The sculpture "Cloud Gate," commonly known as "the bean," is covered in snow on March 5, 2013 in Chicago, IL. The worst winter storm of the season is expected to dump 7-10 inches of snow on the Chicago area with the worst expected for the evening commute. 960 1280

Brian Kersey/Getty Images  

People dive into Dee Why rock pool to beat the heat on January 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney temperatures reached 45.8 degrees celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit) today, breaking the previous record of 45.3 set in 1939. 960 1280

Brendon Thorne/Getty Images  

Leonid Chernobayev of Belarus competes against India's Tripathi Shaliesh during their light heavyweight World Championship chess boxing match in Moscow, Nov. 28, 2013. Chess boxing alternates between a round of chess and a round of boxing in 3-minute intervals, and demands the most of its competitors, both mentally and physically. 960 1280

REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov   

Tourists ride camels during National Day Golden Week, a 7-day national holiday, at the Mingsha Shan oasis in Dunhuang, Gansu province, China on Oct. 4, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/China Daily  

Marchers hold hands in prayer at the end of the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, August 24, 2013. Thousands of marchers were expected in Washington, DC on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and to urge action on jobs, voting rights and gun violence. 960 1280

REUTERS/Larry Downing  

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz pose in the press room at the 85th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, CA. 960 1280

Dan MacMedan/WireImage  

Young ballroom dancers from Dancing Classrooms dance in Grand Central Terminal during centennial celebrations on the day the famed Manhattan transit hub turns 100 years old on February 1, 2013 in New York City. The terminal opened in 1913 and is the world's largest terminal covering 49 acres with 33 miles of track. Each day 700,000 people pass through the terminal where Metro-Noth Railroad operates 700 trains per day. 960 1280

Mario Tama/Getty Images  

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts between PBS Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita after delivering remarks on marketing healthier foods to children at the White House in Washington, DC on Oct. 30, 2013. Michelle Obama invited local schoolchildren to participate in the fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. 960 1280

REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  

Actresses in period costume pose by the first-class carriages pulled by a restored steam engine built in 1898, known as Met Locomotive No. 1, after it arrives at Moorgate station in a recreation of the first London Underground journey on January 13, 2013 in London. The London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday this month, the Metropolitan line being the first stretch between Paddington and Farringdon stations. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Orange Bowl MVP Lonnie Pryor #24 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after they won 31-10 against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Miami Gardens, FL. 960 1280

Chris Trotman/Getty Images  

Dragon dancers cross Canal Street during the 14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on February 17, 2013 in New York City. This year celebrates the Year of the Snake. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Britain's Prince Harry hits a baseball while participating in a baseball clinic during the launch of a new partnership between the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harlem RBI, a local community organization in New York, New York, May 14, 2013. Prince Harry is in the midst of week-long visit to the United States. 960 1280

REUTERS/Justin Lane/Pool  

Qatar unveils the largest flag in the world of 102.000 square meters, recognized by the Guinness World Records, December 15, 2013. 960 1280

Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images  

Paris Saint-Germain players throw David Beckham in the air at the end of their team's French Ligue 1 soccer match against Brest at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on May 18, 2013. David Beckham broke down in tears as he was substituted in the 81st minute. 960 1280

REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes  

Hundreds of Waka Ama crew perform the haka on the beach to celebrate Waitangi Day on Feb. 6, 2013 in Waitangi, New Zealand. The Waitangi Day national holiday celebrates the signing of the treaty of Waitangi on Feb. 6, 1840 by Maori chiefs and the British Crown, that granted the Maori people the rights of British Citizens and ownership of their lands and other properties. 960 1280

Sandra Mu/Getty Images  

508 people prepare to blow out candles at the same time to recognize Earth Hour at Riverside Avenue on March 23, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Businesses and households around the world will turn their lights off for an hour at 20:30 local time today, to celebrate Earth Hour, raise awareness about climate change and to show support for the use of renewable energy. Earth hour began in Australia in 2007 and is now celebrated in over 150 countries around the world. 960 1280

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Visitors lie on the grass beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington, DC on July 8, 2013. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall unveiled the new lighting on Monday as repair work for the earthquake damage in 2011 continues on the scaffolding-covered stone obelisk built in 2 phases, between 1848 and 1884, to honor the first US president. 960 1280

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A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the "Step into the Void" installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, Dec. 17, 2013. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), with a 1,000-meter drop below, where visitors can step out from the terrace, giving the visitors the impression of standing in the void. The glass room will open to the public on Dec. 21, 2013. 960 1280

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Riva Lemanski, 6, poses on a giant 2-story rocking horse outside Christie's auction house in London on Aug. 5, 2013. The Rocking Horse is expected to sell for $38,000-$61,000 when it is auctioned at the Christie's Out of the Ordinary sale on Sep. 5, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett  

Divers play underwater checkers in Kaerepere, a small borough in Kehtna Parish, Rapla County in central Estonia on Jan. 13, 2013. 960 1280

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Tourists take photos of a 250-pound and 7-year-old titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) after it bloomed for the first time ever at the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, DC, July 22, 2013. The plant does not have an annual blooming cycle and is known to emit a putrid odor when it does bloom. 960 1280

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Yellowstone National Park, WY

Yellowstone National Park, WY

"Bison crossing the Lamar Valley.
 @mcclenmike 
#yellowstonenationalpark #lamarvalley #bison #studentuniverse #theoutbound #findyourpark #findyourselfoutside #foreverwest #wy125 #livetravelchannel"  - @jaenriquez 960 1280

  

Maui, HI

Maui, HI

"Found Crush in Maui! #ExperienceMore #BestInTravel #BestVacations #Instagood #Travel #TravelInChic #TLPicks #Wanderlust #Adventure #Explore #instatravel #travelgram #travelingtheworld #contiki #LiveTravelChannel #FindingNemo #Crush" - @sarahfunky 960 1280

  

Zion National Park, UT

Zion National Park, UT

"There's amazing and then there's AMAZING. Zion was definitely the latter. #myexpedition #utahgram #utahisrad #natgeotravelpic #livetravelchannel #bbctravel #rei1440project #projectexplore" - @jimmy_kvw 960 1280

  

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

"I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I kinda love inspirational travel quotes 😜 Sometimes a well-written sentence just perfectly captures little moments of clarity and truths we stumble upon about travel, adventure & life. #copenhagen #Denmark #nyhavn #nyhavnkanal #houses #coloursplash #exploringtheglobe #Scandinavia #beautifuldestinations #finditliveit #instagoodmyphoto #exploretocreate #passionpassport #citylimitless #exploremore #summerbabecation #eurotrip #travelawesome #teamtravelers #justgoshoot #lifeofadventure #livetravelchannel #vscocam #boats #canal #postcardperfect" - @charbibabx
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Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

"It's easy to see why Cinque Terre is so famous. Photo: Manarola, Italy" - @je.suis.kelly 960 1280

  

Chateau d’Annecy, France

Chateau d’Annecy, France

"Sunday at leisure along the cobbled streets of Vieux Annecy. Mais oui! #France #coffee #wine #architecture #pedestrianzone #traveldeeper #LiveTravelChannel @afarmedia @cntraveler" - @benbrueshoff 960 1280

  

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

"Horse-shoe bend on Colorado River! #page #arizona #colorado #river #landscape #nature #natureAddict#picoftheday #horseshoebend #huffpostgram #lonelyplanet #livetravelchannel #guardiantravelsnaps #pro_IG #bbctravel #gothere" - @eachplacearhapsody 960 1280

  

Blue Lagoon, Malta

Blue Lagoon, Malta

"This view brought us back to Formentera Island in Spain. #nofilter #TLpicks #malta #travel #wanderlust #livetravelchannel" - @hudamrn 960 1280

  

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

"#dubrovnik #sunset #adriatic #gameofthrones #igstravel #walkingthewallwithabrokenfoot #croatia #wonderful_places #destinosimperdiveis #bestplaces_togo #travelandleisure #passionpassport #thegoldlist #awesome_globepix #blackadventuristas #TravelStoke #lonelyplanet #forbestravelguide #travellushes #globaltouring #LiveTravelChannel #blackgirlstraveltoo @cocoatravelersintl @welivetoexplore @natgeotravel #explorepedia" - @v_intl_maravilha 960 1280

  

Echo Park, Los Angeles

Echo Park, Los Angeles

"Hopefully the last stop of this long fun day. Relaxing by the fountain, counting palm trees. #Californialovin #LiveTravelChannel #LA #DiscoverLA #LAstory" - @jyrabee 960 1280

  

Portovenere, Italy

Portovenere, Italy

"Fairly untouched by mass tourism, the tiny port town of Portovenere is considered a hidden gem of the Liguria region in Italy #portovenere #italy #destinationunknown #jobatheavenonearth @hillsidebeachclub" - @crazytravelista 960 1280

  

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

"Aspen, Colorado! Another pic I had taken when we were celebrating my sisters birthday #Aspen #colorado #prettyday #LiveTravelChannel #vacay #mountains #USA #Gorgeouscountry #reflecting_perfection #denverliving" - @beth88g 960 1280

  

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

"#Amsterdam #holland #canal #summer #TravelerPhoto #lpInstaTakeover #livetravelchannel @gettyimages @instagram @bestplaces_togo @travelchannel @travelandleisure @tripadvisor @thephotosociety" - @andresf74 960 1280

  

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

"A llama point of view." - @Whatnottomiss 960 1280

  

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

"#tbt to this gorgeous structure! #LiveTravelChannel #athens #acropolis #greece @visitgreecegr @discover.greece #ruins #travel #nofilter #thisisathens" - @Monicagoes2 960 1280

  

Paris, France

Paris, France

"Here's to looking back #livetravelchannel #allshots_ #primeshots #instagood #dailyescape #liveauthentic #parisfrance #natgeotravel #efcollegestudytours" - @jordanpenix 960 1280

  

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Piazza San Marco, Venice

"This morning, I saw this quote by one of my favorite travel blogger. She said, "You'll go further and faster when you go it alone." I immediately understand her POV. I guess it's time for my next solo. Where shall it be? I'm looking at the South this time. Chilean Patagonia seems like a great destination. #piazzasanmarco #venice #italy #europe #tower #saintmarksbasilica #travel #travelmadedifferent #world #wanderlust #worldtraveler #globe #gopro #instatravel #backpack #backpacker #backpackaway #HWtravel #onlyforeign #travelstoke #travelog #warrenjc #travelgram #LiveTravelChannel #heylets #vacation" - @Learntotravel 960 1280

  

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

"Roma - the land of ancient history and tourbus's  #rome #italy #piazzavenezia #worldplaces #tbie #ig_italy" - @CareBearAbroad
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Railay Beach, Thailand

Railay Beach, Thailand

"Just found a few old shots from a trip to Thailand." - @Daywithsasha 960 1280

  

Miami Beach, FL

Miami Beach, FL

"Traveling somewhere awesome this weekend? Tag your fun-filled photos with #LiveTravelChannel and they might be featured on the Travel Channel social pages! #livelifelivetravelchannel" - @SaraBabs 960 1280

  

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Clean waves and a clear day are in place in the Aleutian Islands, also known as the "Cradle of Storms". Surfer Alex Gray lets his fins loose on this wave along the coastline. Find out more about Chris Burkard's adventures in our Q&A interview and get his photography tips, best beach picks and more. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Homer, Alaska

Homer, Alaska

Surfer Keith Malloy finds solitude up north near Homer, AK, where he enjoys the entire coastline to himself to prepare to surf. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

This photo of Big Sur showcases its cold beauty on an unexpected snowy day not far from home. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur Stargazing

Big Sur Stargazing

High above the clouds in Big Sur, CA, is one of the most magical places to camp and gaze at the stars. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Art in Motion

Art in Motion

Big Sur is a place where people -- like surfer Crystal Thornburg -- journey to find peace. It?s the only word to describe her elegant dance down the line. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Guadalupe Dunes

Guadalupe Dunes

The Central Coast of California offers a variety of amazing landscapes. Two surfers trek through steep sand dunes along the coast in search of waves. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Colors

Caribbean Colors

From the turquoise waters to the vivid sunsets, the colors in the Caribbean fully bloom at sunset. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Surf

Caribbean Surf

Our efforts paid off traveling to the Caribbean to surf undiscovered waves. Here, is a glimpse into the view each surfer had countless times while on the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Beach

Jökulsárlón Beach

There are very few places in the world where you can find ice on the shores of a beach. On the way to the water, we walked around huge glacial ice chunks. There was no question that this was going to be the coldest photo session of the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Iceland Surf Trek

Iceland Surf Trek

Surfer Phillip Gold watches his step along snowy rocks en route to a chilly point break. 960 1280

Chris Burkhard  

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

We chased the sunset as we made our way back up the cliffs over Vik. We hadn?t seen sun the entire trip, and moments after setting up camp we caught of glimpse of it before it dropped behind the mountains in the distance. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

A hiker explores the stunning Godafoss waterfall, located off a beaten path in north-central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Ice chunks drift from nearby J?kuls?rl?n Lake and scatter the beach on the edge of Vatnaj?kull National Park. Apparently, they make nice ice recliners. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Picture Perfect Iceland

Picture Perfect Iceland

As the weather shifts in the southern tip of Iceland, the clouds part to give way to a perfect rainbow. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

As the sun fades away and the Arctic begins to turn dark and cold, Dane Gudauskas finds enough warmth to take flight in Lofoten -- an archipelago and traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

With air temperatures just as cold as the water, Sam Hammer hopes to be found somewhere in between as he pulls into another arctic barrel. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Reine, Norway

Reine, Norway

A man looks across the bay at the dynamic city of Reine in Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Norway's Northern Lights

Norway's Northern Lights

With the reflection of the dropping tide below and the bursts of Northern Lights above, this scene in Norway was as close as you could get to a natural light show. It seemed that the greens of the Northern Lights were reflecting off everything in sight. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

South Falls (Oregon)

South Falls (Oregon)

The largest state park in Oregon, Silver Creek Falls has a series of waterfalls that are accessed by the Trail of 10 Falls hiking trail. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon impresses visitors with its dynamic coastline and sheer cliffs. One of many gorgeous views along Oregon?s coastal Highway 101, this beautiful headland is located near the famous Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

A climber in Oregon?s Smith Rock State Park hangs on tight as he inches his way up a tough route. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

This inviting road awaits the next off-roader near the Teton Range in Jackson Hole, WY. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

With the Snake River in the foreground, this picture captures the majestic Mount Moran located in Grand Teton National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley awakens to another sunny day. Snow-capped Half Dome is one of the most majestic rock formations in Yosemite National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

The Grandeur of Yosemite

The Grandeur of Yosemite

A hiker basks in the early morning light on a hike up Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Want more photos? Visit Chris? website, Chris Burkard Photography, to see more eye-catching photography. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  


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