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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.

Generations of “lobsta” families form the backbone of villages dotting Maine’s rugged coast, where they haul traps in the cold Atlantic waters. The good news? The Marine Stewardship Council has certified Maine lobster as among only 10 percent of fisheries worldwide that are sustainable.

Paul Theroux has been charming readers–and rooting out surprising adventures in far-flung places–for more than half a century. Known for his fondness for train travel, love-hate relationship with Africa, and finesse with language, the veteran travel writer and novelist, now 73, continues to share his adventures with the world. When Theroux stopped by the Nat Geo offices last year, I had a chance to ask him about his thoughts on travel, his connection to his roots, and his advice for aspiring writers. This is what he had to say.

Each spring, Traveler Editor at Large Costas Chris tucks his passport away and turns into a blueberry farmer, tending the crop on a 40-acre organic farm in Maine. Call it his double life.

Costas Christ brings us five Friday-to-Monday getaways from Maine to Manhattan that deliver friendly service and great food along with a palpable commitment to caring for the environment.

Maineland Bound

By Amber Parcher A February trip to a coastal town in Maine sounds less like a vacation and more like a stunt of bravery. But this year’s warm New England winter opened up the doors for a weekend trip to one of the Pine Tree State’s most famous finger peninsulas and the 250-year-old bed and…

#FriFotos: Home Grown

For this week’s #FriFotos* theme, LOCAL, we chose this photo of a Maine farmer who leaves his produce out on his flatbed truck, relying upon the honor system for payment. What’s more local than trusting your neighbors?  What’s your definition of local? Share your thoughts on this elusive yet vital concept in the comments section…

What do you get when you cross an ice-fishing shack with a snowmobile trailer and a 1996 Chevy Cavalier? The winner of the Bangor Daily News‘ Original Ice Shack Contest, fully driveable and fishable. From Jalopnik via Neatorama

Eating Well in Portland, Maine

Contributing editor Margaret Loftus takes us on a culinary tour of Portland, Maine. I’ve been known to plan my day around where I might eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner when visiting the venerable food capitals of New York and Paris, but Portland, Maine? You bet. The city’s rise to culinary stardom has been chronicled in…

Dead Poets Remembrance Day

This Thursday, October 7th, poetry-lovers across the country will gather for the first annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day, a unique opportunity to meet at the graves of American poets and read their verse aloud. Walter Skold, founder of the Dead Poets Society of America, developed the idea for the holiday after taking a 15,000 mile…

Lobsters on a Plane

Andrew Evans discovers how to bring home the ultimate souvenir from Maine. It felt like a trick question on the SAT: You’re visiting the coast of Maine and loving all the delicious fresh lobster. You decide that you want to bring some home to share with your family. Lobsters must be alive in order to…

The Best Breakfast in Maine

This summer I spent a long weekend with friends in Middle-of-Nowhere Maine, somewhere north of the Where-the-Heck-R-We Campground. (OK, so the town we stayed in wasn’t called “Middle-of-Nowhere,” but the campground does exist.) We had planned on eating at different places to try out the regional cuisine, and whenever we asked anyone for a good…

Honeybees, Please!

The decline of honeybees–which are not native to the United States–has been a hot topic of research for some time. The bees are dying from colony collapse disorder, a condition in which worker bees suddenly disappear, and that has killed an estimated one in three colonies a year since 2006. Fortunately, many companies, from farmers…

Mmmm… Pie….

For the epicurious (and the hungry), this Friday is National Pie Day. To celebrate, four inns that make up the Historic Inns of Rockford, Maine, are hosting “Pies on Parade” this Sunday, and our friends at This Just In have the details: Each inn will be receiving ticketed guests between 1 and 4 p.m., with…

Jenss Family Travels: Maine-Stays

The words I dreaded hearing came less than one week into our yearlong journey. “I don’t want to go around the world,”  Stefan proclaimed, just hours after arriving on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, aka Acadia National Park. Then, just in time to catch my heart before it splattered to the ground, came “I want to…

Seeing the Maine Attraction

When I think of Maine, I first think of lobster. And cold. So when a ticket to Maine appeared in my inbox, courtesy of my mother, I wondered what could possibly be behind it. Turns out, Maine has a lot more to offer during the warmer months (particularly in the realm of lobster). Over the…

The Maine Attraction

Feel like winter just crept up on you? Not quite ready for the holidays? Herewith, IT provides the ultimate antidote to light-festival-and-Christmas-market overload, a description of photo editor Linda Meyerriecks’s summer vacation in Maine: We rented a house on Rackliff Island not far from Rockland, in the middle of Wyeth country. One of our favorite…