Archive

Archive for March, 2014

The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Contest

The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has begun. Photographers from around the world can submit their photos in the four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The grand prize winner will receive a National Geographic Expedition to Alaska. The deadline is Monday, June 30, at 12 p.m. EDT. Here is a selection of photos from the early entries.

1. “Typical red rorbu huts Reine – Lofoten” Typical red rorbu huts with sod roof in town of Reine on Lofoten. (Photo and caption by Sausse David / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

2. “Duomo of Milan from Novecento Modern Art Museum” Patrons of Milan’s Novecento Modern Art Museum admiring the city’s Gothic cathedral. Taken with an iPhone. (Photo and caption by Kathryn Schipper / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

3. “LightSource” Young Monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside of his pagoda – Old Bagan, Burma (Photo and caption by Marcelo Castro / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

4. “Winter Cave” One of the local ice guide guys arriving at a remote ice cave in southeast Iceland. (Photo and caption by Marcelo Castro / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

5. “Mirrow Wave” The Wave after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day. (Photo and caption by Nicholas Roemmelt / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

6. “Forest lights” Aurora Borealis over the forest of the Pyhae Luosto National Park, Finland. (Photo and caption by Nicholas Roemmelt / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

7. “Epiphany” One of my dreams was it to shoot the night sky when I went on holiday to New Zealand this February. Unfortunately the time was not perfect because of the moon, which was at the beginning nearly the whole night at the sky and also the weather made me change plans. At the end of my trip I had luck an get a clear sky after the sunset although the whole day was very cloudy. I decided to drive to the famous little church in Tekapo and took some shots of the night sky before the moon rose. (Photo and caption by Sebastian Warneke / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

8. “Iceberg Gallery” Like a scene from a different time on earth, or a completely different planet altogether. Passed down through Jökulsárlón lagoon through an outlet of the Vatnajökull Glacier, Icebergs enter into the North Atlantic. Shaped and polished by the ocean, the tide leaves a magnificent gallery of huge iceberg sculptures on the volcanic black beaches of Iceland. Photographed here at sunset, just after a rain storm. For scale, this Iceberg is about the size of a Jeep. (Photo and caption by Sam Morris / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

9. “Peek a Boo” Photographing wildlife in Florida is never the easiest task. One of the differences from photographing wildlife in other states has to be the abundance of biting bugs, ticks, deadly snakes and extreme heat and humidity. After bushwhacking my way through the brush, mud and water I was able to set up my gear, and still giving a good safe distance between myself and the nest. The nest appeared empty at first, but after a few minutes I started to see some movement. A pair of beautiful white miniature horns were the first to rise above the twigs before I seen this pair of beautiful Owlet eyes. (Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

10. “Explosion” Japanese feel the coming of spring I feel by plum blossoms. There is a culture of the cherry blossoms in spring in Japan. It is said was said implication to appreciate the cherry tree is strong now, but to mean plum Speaking of flowers in the Nara period of approximately 1300 before. This was a plum grove sight light goes pointing gradually early in the morning is beautiful too, such as that explosion is like spring. (Photo and caption by Hideyuki Katagiri / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

 

Advertisements

Syrian conflict into its 4th year

This month, the fighting and unrest continue into a fourth year in Syria. Syrian rebels fought today with government troops near the coastal heartland of President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict has reportedly killed more than 140,000 people, and there are more than 2.5 million registered Syrian refugees, according to the United Nations. —Lloyd Young

1. A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter on March 18 in Aleppo. Iran’s foreign minister that Tehran is “ready to help any logical attempts” to end the Syrian conflict, during a visit by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. (Khaled Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Syrian emergency personnel extinguish a fire following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on March 7 during the Friday prayer in the Sukkari neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of a March 2011 uprising against the Assad family’s 40-year rule. (Baraa al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)

3. Smoke rises after the Free Syrian army fighters targeted buildings where forces loyal to the Syrian regime resided, activists said in Sheikh Najjar in Aleppo on March 20. (Houssam Abo Dabak/Reuters)

4. Men search for survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Karam homad district in Aleppo on March 26. (Hosam Katan/Reuters)

5. A Free Syrian Army fighter mans an anti-aircraft gun at the back of a pick-up truck during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the town of Morek in Hama province on March 21. (Badi Klif/Reuters)

6. Children walk on the debris of damaged buildings in the al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo on March 22. (Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters)

7. A Syrian refugee girl stands outside the tents where she took shelter with her family in Kilis on the Turkish-Syrian border on March 17. Aleppo continues to bear the brunt of the civil war, in which about 140,000 people have died. Almost two years after rebels grabbed half of the city, they are now on the defensive, with government forces advancing on three sides. Turkey began building its refugee camps near the border in mid-2011, little knowing the war would last so long and bring such vast numbers of people, many of them women and children. More than 220,000 Syrians are living in the Turkish camps, but some three times that number struggle to exist outside them. Some try and eke out an existence around southeast Turkey, the country’s poorest region. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

8. Jordanian workers construct steel houses at Azraq new Syrian refugee Camp, Azraq city, Jordan, on March 25. UNHCR representative in Jordan, Andrew Harper, said a new Syrian refugee camp will be opened by the end of April in Azraq City, nearly 100km east of Amman. The facility will be the third official camp for Syrian refugees in the Kingdom and is expected to host 3,000 Syrians. (Jamal Nasrallah/EPA)

9. Syrian Refugees walk near the wall of UNHCR Headquarters at Zattari Syrian refugee camp near the city of Mafraq, Jordan, on March 24. An estimated 8 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria itself. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 2.5 million have fled to Syria’s immediate neighbors Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Meanwhile, under 100,000 have declared asylum in Europe with a small number offered resettlement by countries such as Germany and Sweden. (Jamal Nasrallah/EPA)

10. A Syrian refugee worker fixes a bicycle at his shop in the Zattari Syrian refugee camp near the city of Mafraq, Jordan, on March 24. (Jamal Nasrallah/EPA)

11. Children push a cart with water containers along a damaged street in old Aleppo on March 11. The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children’s Fund said. (Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters)

12. A Free Syrian Army fighter walks amid rubble as he holds a rocket launcher in Ashrafieh, Aleppo on March 13. (Hamid Khatib/Reuters)

13. A rebel fighter checks a launcher near the village of Kasab and the border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia, on March 23. Syrian rebels seized the village of Kasab and the border crossing with Turkey on March 24, an NGO said, as the regime launched fresh air strikes in a bid to halt the opposition advance. The crossing was the last functioning border post with Turkey to slip from regime control. (Amr Radwan al-Homsi/AFP/Getty Images)

14. Opposition fighters help one of their wounded comrades during clashes with government forces in the Sheikh Najjar district on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on March 3. (Zein al-Rigai/AFP/Getty Images)

15. A boy walks on rubble of damaged buildings at a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s district of al-Sukari on March 23. (Hosam Katan/Reuters)

16. Smoke rises as people run at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta on March 22. (Ammar al-Bushy/Reuters)

17. Syrian youth sit next to a poster bearing the portrait of President Bashar al-Assad in the Dawwar al-Nuzha area of Homs on March 13. Assad has signed a new law regulating the entry of Arabs and foreigners into the war-torn country, newspapers said. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

18. Rebel fighters members of the al-Sham Brigade (Liwa al-Sham) take part in a training session in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on March 25. Syria’s opposition called for “sophisticated” arms at an Arab summit in Kuwait while Saudi Arabia said the military balance needed to change to “end the impasse” in Syria’s civil war. (Ahmad Aboud/AFP/Getty Images)

19. An elderly Syrian man and a child walk amidst debris in a residential block reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter on March 18 in Aleppo. (Baraa al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images) H

20. Men try to extricate a casualty from inside a damaged car after what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Al-Atareb, Aleppo countryside on March 26. (Abdalghne Karoof/Reuters)

21. A Syrian women with blood on her face carries a child following a reported air strike by government forces on the northern city of Aleppo on March 15. In Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial capital, the regime has retained the city’s west, while advancing around the outskirts of the rebel-held east and securing and reopening the nearby airport. (Mohamad al-Tayb/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Lost Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Investigators around the world are still trying solve the deepening mystery of the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The plane with 239 people on board disappeared last Saturday an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. The massive search area has now expanded to the Indian Ocean. Speculation and many unanswered questions remain as distressed families and the world wait for a definite outcome. —Leanne Burden Seidel

1. A crew member from the Royal Malaysian Air Force looks through the window of a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in the Straits of Malacca March 13. (Samsul Said/Reuters)

2. A Chinese relative of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, center, cries as she is escorted by a woman while leaving a hotel room for relatives or friends of passengers aboard the missing airplane, in Beijing, China, March 9. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)

3. Indonesian Air Force officials at Medan city military base plot the Indonesian military search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on March 12, in the area of Malacca Strait, a sea passageway between Indonesia (seen left of the map) and Malaysia (seen right on the map). Malaysia faced a storm of criticism on March 12 over contradictions and information gaps in the hunt for a missing airliner with 239 people on board, as the search zone dramatically veered far from the intended flight path. (Atara/AFP/Getty Images)

4. Ignatius Ong, a member of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) crisis management team, reacts as he prepares to answer a question at a press conference in Beijing on March 9. Malaysia launched a terror probe into the disappearance the day before of the MAS passenger jet, carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

5. A relative (woman in white) of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries as she talks on her mobile phone at the Beijing Capital International Airport March 8. The Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew lost contact with air traffic controllers early on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the airline said in a statement. Flight MH 370, operating a Boeing B777-200 aircraft departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.21 a.m. (1621 GMT Friday) and had been expected to land in the Chinese capital at 6.30 a.m. (2230 GMT) the same day. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

6. A Chinese relative of the passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane passes a demand letter for the airlines, signed by other relatives, to the media at a hotel, in Beijing, China March 9. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)

7. Photographs showing one of the passengers of the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft Chandrika Sharma, left, her husband Narendran and daughter Meghna, are displayed during a press conference in Chennai, India, March 12. Narendran criticized the Indian government for its silence and said no government official has contacted them on the incident yet, according to a local news agency. Malaysia has asked for India’s assistance in searching for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner to widen the search to an area near the Andaman Sea. (Arun Sankar K/Associated Press)

8. Military personnel work within the cockpit of a helicopter belonging to the Vietnamese airforce during a search and rescue mission off Vietnam’s Tho Chu island March 10.(Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

9. A member of a youth group holds a rose as she prays for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane outside a hotel in Putrajaya, Malaysia, March 10. (Lai Seng Sin/Associated Press)

10. Family members comfort Chrisman Siregar, left, and his wife Herlina Panjaitan, the parents of Firman Siregar, one of the Indonesian citizens registered on the manifest to Malaysia Airlines jetliner flight MH370 at their residence in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, March 9. (Binsar Bakkara/Associated Press)

11. Hotel security officers guard the entrance of a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Beijing, China, March 12. ( Andy Wong/Associated Press)

12. Muslim men offer prayers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, March 13, in Sepang, Malaysia. Planes sent Thursday to check the spot where Chinese satellite images showed possible debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner found nothing, Malaysia’s civil aviation chief said, deflating the latest lead. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)

13. Over a dozen microphones are propped on a table as Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar answers questions from members of the media, raising their hands waiting their turn as seen in the shadows cast on stage during a press conference, March 11, in Sepang, Malaysia. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)

14. A Vietnamese military official works with a map inside a flying Soviet-made AN-26 of the Vietnam Air Force during search and rescue (SAR) operations for a missing Malaysian Airlines flight, off Vietnam’s sea, March 13. (Luong Thai Linh/EPA)

15. A general view from an AN-26 aircraft from the Vietnamese airforce, during a mission to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, shows Tho Chu island March 11. The massive search has drawn in military aircraft, coastguard and civilian vessels from 10 nations, but failed to turn up any trace of the Boeing 777-200ER that vanished about an hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early on Saturday. (Kham/Reuters)

16. A journalist holds up a photo of one of the two men whom the Malaysian police believe were travelling onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 on stolen passports after a news conference at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, March 11. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

17. Students from an international school in east China city Zhuji pray for the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 by lighting candles on March 10, in Zhuji, China. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

18. A man watches a large screen showing different flights at the departure hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport March 13. Search planes found no sign on of the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, Flight MH370, in an area where satellite images had shown debris, taking the as-yet fruitless hunt. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

19. Vietnamese Air Force Col. Pham Minh Tuan uses binoculars on board a flying aircraft during a mission to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Gulf of Thailand over the location where Chinese satellite images showed possible debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner, March 13. (Associated Press)

20. A tourist from Vietnam ties a message expressing hope for family members and those onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur March 12. (Samsul Said/Reuters)

21. Grieving Indonesian mother Suharni (L) displays a portrait of her son Sugianto Lo and wife Vinny Chynthya, who are both passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, from their residence in Medan in Sumatra island on March 10. (Kharima Tarigan/AFP/Getty Images)

22. People stand on the Bund across from illuminated buildings, on one of which is seen the flight number MH370 of the Malaysia Airlines plane that has been missing since Saturday, in Shanghai, March 12. (Aly Song/Reuters)

23. Personnel from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) scanning the seas about 140 nautical miles north-east of Kota Baru, Malaysia, for any signs of the Malaysia Airlines plane which went missing. (Desmond Lim/AFP/Getty Images

24. Candles are lit next to messages as students express hope and solidarity for the passengers aboard the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, March 13, in Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)

25. Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vote to set a deadline for the company to answer their requests, including providing solatium without additional conditions, at a hotel in Beijing, March 11. (Chance Chan/Reuters)

26. A relative of a passenger on board missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 cries as she arrives at the Everly hotel in Putrajaya on March 12. (Manan Vatsyayanam/AFP/Getty Images)

27. Chinese relatives of the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 gather inside the relative area at Lido Hotel on March 12, in Beijing, China. ( Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

28. Boys join in prayers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner MH370, March 13, in Sepang, Malaysia. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)

29. A crew member of a Royal Malaysian Air Force CN-235 aircraft rests after long hours working in a search and rescue operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane over the Straits of Malacca, March 13. Planes sent Thursday to check the spot where Chinese satellite images showed possible debris from the missing Malaysian jetliner found nothing. (Lai Seng Sin/Associated Press)

30. A member of a rescue team looks through binoculars during a search and rescue operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in the Straits of Malacca on March 14. (Junaidi Hanafiah/Reuters)

31. A man wearing a mask, who claimed to be a relative of a passenger from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, speaks to the media outside the lounge in Beijing on March 14. Malaysia confirmed on March 14 that the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane had been expanded into the Indian Ocean, but declined to comment on US reports that the jet had flown for hours after going missing. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

32. A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 grieves alone in a corridor at a hotel in Beijing, March 14. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)

33. Members of the public, MAS staff, and politicians pray during a special prayer as the search for missing Malaysian airline MH370 expands to the Indian Ocean March 14, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)

34. A Royal Malaysian Air Force Navigator captain Izam Fareq Hassan (R) talks with his team members onboard a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue (SAR) operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plane over the Strait of Malacca on March 14. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

35. A well-wisher hangs up messages for the passengers of the missing Malaysian Airline plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, March 14. (Mak Remissa/EPA)