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Instagram of the Month: Lauterbrunnen Valley

Douglas Cross roams the globe with a camera in hand and shares his travels with the world through Instagram. He brought himself—and his great photographic eye—to our attention by tagging his photo with #NatGeoTravelPic on Instagram. Here’s a peek at the person behind this winning shot of Switzerland’s Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Throwback Travel: Maine’s Lobster Kitsch

Summer, 1952. Beauty contestants on the rock-ribbed Maine coast claw their way through a five-year-old summer celebration, the Rockland Lobster Festival. The combination of innocent self-promotion and melted butter seems just right for New England’s “Vacationland”—a slogan stamped on Maine’s license plates since 1936. The feast—now the Maine Lobster Festival—still draws thousands of fans each year. Here’s a brief look at the famous fete through a throwback lens.

Remembering a Nat Geo Photographer

Antarctica. Estonia. Berlin. Florence. With his wife and professional partner Sisse Brimberg always nearby, photographer Cotton Coulson framed the world in a way that made it beautiful and real at the same time. “He was especially adept at approaching a European city,” notes National Geographic Traveler magazine’s director of photography, Dan Westergren. “He trained his lens on what gave a place its soul.”

Vintage Florida: St. Petersburg

Sunscreen? What’s that? These 1929 barefoot beach lovers, a pick from the National Geographic Society archives, smile at an old-school tanning booth (or solarium) in St. Petersburg, Florida, taking full advantage of the Sunshine State’s most abundant natural resource. As if the ladies needed any help. The Gulf Coast city boasts an average of some 361 days…

Your Shot Photo of the Month: Freeze Frame

Want National Geographic to highlight your photograph? Join our Your Shot community and participate in upcoming hashtag challenges for a chance to appear in “Traveler” magazine and Intelligent Travel.

In Praise of the Imperfect Photograph

We take photography for granted now. We snap away on our cellphones and sort through them by the dozens, deleting the ones that aren’t worthy of a 16×9 canvas. We filter, crop, and manipulate, but in doing so it occurs to me that we are losing something.

Instagram of the Month: Zion Narrows

Yasmin Tajik is a portrait photographer whose passion for travel has taken her in a new career direction. She brought her stunning images of Utah’s Zion National Park to photo producer Tyler Metcalfe’s attention by tagging her photos with #NatGeoTravelPic on Instagram. Here’s a peek at how she managed to capture this winning shot of the Narrows.

Last Call: Enter Nat Geo’s Travel Photo Contest

Ever dreamed of being a Nat Geo photographer? Well, here’s your chance to make that dream a reality. But you’re going to have to act fast: The deadline for the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is coming up on Tuesday, June 30. Don’t miss your last chance to enter…and win big.

@NatGeoTravel Twitter Chat: Photo Tips

Calling all photography enthusiasts: Join @NatGeoTravel this Thursday, June 18, at 1 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat with National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson.

Your Shot Photo of the Month: Icelandic Ice Cave

Want National Geographic to highlight your photograph? Join our Your Shot community and participate in upcoming hashtag challenges for a chance to appear in “Traveler” magazine and Intelligent Travel.

Instagram of the Month: Vivid Sydney

Lauren Bath (on Instagram @laurenepbath) makes a living off roaming the globe with a camera in hand. She’s currently on the ground in Sydney and brought herself—and her great photographic eye—to our attention by tagging her photo with #NatGeoTravelPic on Instagram. Here’s a peek into how she got this winning shot of the Sydney Opera House.

Video: Behind the Mask in Bermuda

The Gombeys, the colorfully dressed masked dancers and drummers of Bermuda, represent a rich folklife tradition that reflects the tiny island’s wide-ranging roots—namely West African, British, Caribbean, and Native American.