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National Geographic Traveler and Your Shot Launch Cover Photo Competition

Photographers encouraged to submit photos depicting a life-changing trip for the cover of Traveler’s June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue


Today, National Geographic Traveler magazine and Your Shot, National Geographic’s online global photo community, launched a special assignment, “The Trip That Changed My Life.” One photo submitted as part of this assignment will be selected for the cover of the upcoming June/July 2018 issue of Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine. Photographers of all levels are invited to ignite their inner explorer and submit photos from a trip that had a profound impact on their life. The assignment is open now and entries must be submitted by March 5, 2018, at

A panel of judges will select one photo from the Your Shot assignment to grace the cover of Traveler, and the photographer will be interviewed by Traveler Editor-in-Chief George Stone for the issue.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has published the world’s best photography and ground-breaking storytelling, and for 34 years Traveler has presented the world’s best destinations,” Stone said. “This competition will deliver those superlatives and reveal one more: A rising-star photographer with the passion and talent to create a spectacular image of an unforgettable experience. We can’t wait to see these amazing images and hear stories of trips that changed lives in our National Geographic community. Let the clicking begin!”

The contest will be judged by Stone, Traveler Director of Photography Anne Farrar and National Geographic Travel and Adventure Associate Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath. The judges will look for images that capture the best of the world, including iconic destinations, beautiful places and epic vistas that invoke the spirit of exploration. Photos should demonstrate a strong sense of place that has readers wishing they were in the picture, just as National Geographic showcases the farthest reaches of the earth through photography. Please note, images should ideally be vertical and must be able to accommodate the Traveler logo.

Photographers can visit to submit their best photo via National Geographic Your Shot. The final cover will be revealed in May, and the “Epic Summer” issue of Traveler will be on newsstands May 29, 2018.


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