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The National Geographic Traveler Magazine photo contest, now in its 25th year, has begun. There is still plenty of time to enter. The entry deadline is Sunday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. Entrants may submit their photographs in any or all of the four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The magazine's photo editors showcase their favorite entries each week in galleries. You can also vote for your favorites. "The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult," says Keith Bellows, magazine editor in chief. (The captions are written by the entrants, some slightly edited for readability.) As always, you can take a look at some of last year's entries and winners.. -- Paula Nelson ( 40 photos total)
OUTDOOR SCENES - Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl - Masters of disguise. The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey. Okeefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA. (Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)     

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The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is in full swing. The entry deadline has been extended until July 11. The four categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Last year's contest drew nearly 13,000 images from all over the world. The pictures are as diverse as their authors, capturing an assortment of people, places and wildlife - everything that makes traveling so memorable, evoking a sense of delight and discovery. The following post includes a small sampling of the entrant's work, taken from the editor's picks in each of the categories. (The captions are written by the entrants, some slightly corrected for readability.) And for fun, take a look back at the winners from 2011 at National Geographic Traveler. -- Paula Nelson (54 photos total)
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Marrakech Traveler: It was mid-morning and he must have wanted to ride into the light. I was shooting for the ABC TV show Born to Explore when I snapped this photo. (John Barnhardt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

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Over the past 13 months, three Englishmen have traveled more than 32,000 miles in a London Black Cab named Hannah.


An traditional London cab, sporting paint that was part black, part orange, was an unusual sight on the streets of New York City’s Times Square Tuesday. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

In the front seat
In the front seat: Britons Paul Archer, 25 years old, and Leigh Purnell, 24. The pair, with college buddy Johno Ellison, 28, have traveled more than 32,000 miles around the globe in a 1992 LTI 2.7 liter diesel FX4TK, better known as a London Black Cab—which they’ve named Hannah. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


The Brits were undaunted by the tangle of cars and cabs and pushcarts in Times Square. ‘We’ve seen worse,’ Mr. Archer, of Gloucester, shown here. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


As many cabbies do, these drivers have taken the scenic route. They’re aiming to set a new world’s record for the longest taxi ride, while raising cash for the British Red Cross, mostly through corporate sponsorships. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Earlier this month, they were in Hollywood, Calif. (Johno Ellison)


They paused for a photo with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in February. (Johno Ellison)


In July 2011, children in Agra, India, joined the team for a photo in front of the Taj Mahal. (Johno Ellison)


A few months later, in October 2011, they were at Angkor Wat, in Cambodia. (Johno Ellison)


February 2011 found Hannah and her drivers at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (Johno Ellison)


From France, they traveled to Italy, pausing for a shot of the cab in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in March 2011. (Johno Ellison)


Later the same month, Hannah was at the Kremlin in Moscow, a little worse for wear. (Johno Ellison)


During a drive through the mountains of Kosovo in April 2011, the team encountered a sudden snowstorm. (Johno Ellison)


And later the same month, in Georgia’s Military Highway, it was sheep that caused them slow down. (Johno Ellison)


The team stopped for a photo at the Iraqi border in the northern region of Kurdistan in May 2011. (Johno Ellison)


Hannah went into the shop at an auto bazaar in Erbil, Iraq, in May 2011. (Johno Ellison)


At the border of Pakistan, the team pauses for a photo. (Johno Ellison)


June 2011 found the team in the deserts of Iran. By the end of their trip, Mr. Archer and his team will have traveled nearly 50,000 miles through 39 countries, four continents and 10 different time zones, crossing more than 40 international borders. (Johno Ellison)

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