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Travel photographer Elena Ermakova loves to discover new places and share them through her lens. “I want to show all faces of our world: beautiful and ugly, weird and inspiring,” says the Moscow native. Elena brought herself—and her great photographic eye—to our attention by tagging her photo of a vibrant street scene in Kowloon with #NatGeoTravelPic on Instagram. Here’s a look at how she got the shot, and why she loves Hong Kong.

Catherine Karnow has been part of the Nat Geo family for the past 15 years, going on assignment for both National Geographic and Traveler, where she’s a contributing photographer. She also shares photography tips on the Nat Geo Travel site and leads photo seminars and workshops for the Society. Here’s a look at the world through her unique lens.

In addition to being longtime contributing photographers for Traveler magazine, my wife Sisse and I are frequently invited to join National Geographic Expeditions trips as photography experts. On a recent trip to the Macaronesia Islands, we had 25 passengers sign up for a photo workshop with us. We gave them assignments, or themes, to explore throughout our journey. Here’s one of the lessons learned along the way.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Here at National Geographic Travel, we like to celebrate and explore new destinations and rediscover the classics. And with hundreds of thousands of cities in the world, there’s always something new to learn. That’s why we started our popular I Heart My City series, where locals share insider intelligence about the places they know and love best.

Now we’re asking you to show us your city–the people, places, and moments that make it unique–through your own travel lens. Participate in the I Heart My City YourShot photo assignment for a chance to be featured on the Nat Geo Travel website. The deadline to submit your photos is on Monday, February 17.

Why Shoot in Raw Format?

Reader Question: Do most National Geographic photographers shoot in raw format? And if they do, why?

Reader Question: What’s the best lens for landscape or cityscape photography?

My Answer: When I’m trying to make an interesting landscape or cityscape picture, but nothing seems to be coming together, I find it useful to work at opposite extremes with regard to lens choice.

Reader Question: How do I become a photographer for National Geographic?

My Answer: Photography is really no different than any other pursuit in life if you plan to make a living at it.

Photo Tip: All About Exposure

Reader Question: Which exposure mode should I use with my camera? What’s the difference between “Auto” and “A”?

How to Photograph Strangers

As a photographer and photo editor for National Geographic Traveler, people often ask me how I approach strangers when I want to take their picture — especially when there’s a language barrier. Here are my thoughts.

We’ve all heard about women who have gone missing or have been found dead while traveling alone. While these stories are unsettling and often tragic, I refuse to let them stop me from doing what I love.

Who doesn’t want to be a travel photographer and earn their keep by exploring the world and capturing its essence for the rest of us to see? I know I do.

I was lucky enough to sit in on one of Traveler’s photo seminars earlier this month, led by award-winning photographer Jim Richardson and the magazine’s senior photo editor Dan Westergren. Though Jim and Dan believe in the importance of technique, they stressed that “the secret is in how you look at the world, not in how you turn the dials on the camera.”

Here are a few of Jim and Dan’s tips on how to get into the right frame of mind when you’re making pictures.

From the new book, National Geographic Complete Photography, an extensive photo reference guide packed with tips, how-tos, galleries, and stories from Nat Geo’s top photographers including Annie Griffiths, Steve McCurry, Frans Lanting, and Jodi Cobb. Get your copy now. Cities are difficult subjects. Look for ways to photograph the experience instead of the structures. Famous sites…

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Time is running short to submit your best travel photos to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest–the deadline is July 11. Entries submitted after June 28 are subject to an additional fee, so get your photos in quick! First prize is a 14-day expedition for two to the British and Irish Isles aboard the National…

Send Us Your Food Shots

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Ate something great on your travels? Show us for a chance to have your food shot featured in our upcoming October 2011 food and travel issue and to receive a specially designed National Geographic Traveler apron. We’ll also upload your great food shots to our Facebook page. Email pics (cell phone snaps are fine too)…

Forget the beach. We want to be bounding across the snow in a dog-sled pulled by a pack of adorable Siberian Huskies. The piercing eyes of this pup sparked an “Instant Connection” with photographer Lola Akinmade and made for a terrific shot, one you certainly couldn’t plan for. That’s why our editors chose this photo…

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This playful pic, an editors’ fav for Week 3, captures my mood on a spring Friday afternoon as the clock slogs toward 5 p.m.: just about time to flee the office and be a kid again. Of the shot, photographer Siew Yeong Yew tells us that the “late afternoon watering of the lawn at Parque…

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The 2011 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is now underway, and we’ve already received some great submissions, like this photo from Patrice Carlton that captures her up-close-and-personal encounter with a tiger in Chiang Mai, Thailand. From April 5 to July 11 submit digital entries online in any of these four categories:

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If you love travel and Twitter, you probably already know about the weekly phenomenon called Travelers’ Night In. Invented by ZipSetGo.com, this social media chat-fest happens every Thursday afternoon on Twitter starting at 3:30 pm EST and runs until 5 pm. Join in on the fun! Tomorrow (Thursday, April 14) National Geographic Traveler will be…

Last night at the monthly DC travel bloggers happy hour I met Carolyn Lane, known to her Twitter followers as @DogMeetsWorld. Lane is a self-proclaimed photo addict, and on her travels in developing countries she loves photographing children. Her life was changed one day when she realized that the child she was photographing had never…

Be a Better Travel Photographer

Yesterday marked the publication of Traveler managing editor Scott S. Stuckey’s book, Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography, for which he “picked the brains” of 15 full-time professional travel photographers, most of whom have shot for Traveler and other national consumer magazines. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 3, “Get the Story.” Many photographers dream…