Live @NatGeoTravel Photo Workshop: October 2

Travel photography is, on the surface, a very simple endeavor. Go to a faraway place, stand in front of something you can’t see at home, and take a picture. What’s so hard about that? Well, that may well be the recipe for generations of boring family albums. Find out how to up your photography game when you’re exploring the world by joining @NatGeoTravel’s Dan Westergren for a live photo workshop at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 2.

Travel Lens: Amy Toensing’s World

Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. A regular contributor to National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, Toensing’s assignments have taken her all around the world, from the Jersey Shore to the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea. Here’s a look at the world through this award-winning photographer’s unique lens.

Travel Lens: Steve McCurry’s World

A National Geographic Traveler editor goes behind the lens with photo legend Steve McCurry.

Behind the Traveler Photo Contest

Have you ever wondered what makes an award-winning photograph? Here’s your chance to find out. Join the judges of the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest for a Google+ Hangout On Air, and get the inside scoop on how they chose this year’s winners (they’ll be announced at the end of July!) from more than 18,000 submissions.

The Art of Mindful Photography

Photos can be a wonderful way of sharing meaningful experiences with others, but I worry that my attempts to document the moment make being present in it a challenge. Does photography support awareness of my immediate experience, or detract from it?

Travel Lens: Joel Sartore’s World

Joel Sartore is, among other things, a lifelong Nebraskan, an Eagle Scout, and a veteran photographer for National Geographic magazine. He’s also someone who cares deeply about the fate of our planet, and the species that depend on it, including us. Here’s a look at the world and all that’s in it through Joel Sartore’s unique lens.

Deadline Alert: @NatGeoTravel Photo Contest

This year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is winding down. So far, the entries have been surprising and stunning, but the winners are far from being chosen.

The June 30 deadline is fast approaching, but there’s still time to throw your hat in the ring. Here’s how to enter–and what you could win.

Travel Lens: Dan Westergren’s World

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Dan Westergren is the director of photography for National Geographic Traveler. Though he had an early affinity for black and white photography, being responsible for a travel magazine’s photographic vision means Dan is, in his words, “surrounded by a rainbow riot of color digital images” on a daily basis. Beyond his exceptional eye for editing,…

Chasing Photographs in America’s National Parks

If you approach America’s national parks like a nature photographer, not only will you get memorable images, but also you’ll experience the parks at their inspiring best. Here’s how.

Virtual Photo Workshop: Cherry Blossom Edition

Washington, D.C.’s famous cherry trees are nearing full bloom. Last spring, Nat Geo Travel took you there in real time with Dan Westergren, the head of photography for Traveler magazine, leading the way. Dan went down to one of the District’s most photogenic spots—the Tidal Basin—to capture this world-class capital city in all its springtime glory and offer…

Oh, the Places Nat Geo Goes

When you work at National Geographic, one of the first questions people ask is if you get to travel. The answer is often yes, but one of the best parts of the job is being surrounded by sharp, globe-trotting people, and getting to hear their stories. That’s why we asked folks on National Geographic’s Travel team to share a story about the best trip they’ve taken in the past year with our Intelligent Travel readers.

Enter + Win: @NatGeoTravel Photo Contest

The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is winding down. The magazine will be awarding seriously spectacular prizes this year, so don’t miss your chance to win. Enter today!