(via Outdoor Scenes - Week 10 Gallery - Traveler Photo Contest 2013 - National Geographic)

Light dancers
Photo and caption by Cheng Niu

Great Smoky Mountains is known for its Synchronous Fireflies during each early summer. This year I spent 3 consecutive nights in early June staying in mountain area trying to capture this phenomenon. I was so lucky to witness a spectacular light show on an actual rainstorm night. I left my camera there for an 1.5 hour exposure. There were tens of thousands of fireflies dancing around using their light to paint the scene in front of me and I was the only audience of their light show. They are amazing artists of Mother Nature.
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Photo and caption by Fauzan Maududdin

This image was taken at Pacu Jawi Festival. A Traditional Bull-race that usually held after harvesting period, by Minangkabau People especially villagers at Tanah Datar, West of Sumatera. Best cows and jockeys are judge by the way they run the track fast and straight.

Every race always attended by hundreds of people around the region, along with a farmers fair that held there. This event were only exist in Tanah Datar, Minangkabau Region, West of Sumatera.

Location: Tanah Datar, West of Sumatera


Photo and caption by melih sular

Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century. 

It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.

Location: Istanbul/Turkey


Photo and caption by Edward Graham

I thought this would be a good place for pictures, so I returned during the evening on my second night in Jaipur. I got lucky with the rain because it made for interesting reflections, and I had a good time trying to capture the chaotic motion on the streets of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal (The Palace of Winds) is pictured in the background.

Location: Jaipur, India


Photo and caption by Charlotte Anderson

The hostile desert landscape in the Little Rann of Kutch in western Gujarat state is where these day labourers work. The stark, white salt is a challenging environment to work in, dry and bright but there is a peace and beauty to this place too which is overwhelming. It was the second time I visited these parts and each time I leave with a sense of joy and sorrow, the people are lowly paid but full of welcome and smiles to me even though life is tough for them as this is their environment.

Location: Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India