Adorable Animals From Around the World
Back in 2009, Melissa Brandts was hiking with her husband in Canada’s Banff National Park when she stopped to take a self-portrait alongside the sparkling Lake Minnewanka. Just as the shutter went off, this curious squirrel (right) popped into the frame. The Brandts sent the photo to National Geographic magazine’s Your Shot, and photo editor Susan Welchman chose it for her Daily Dozen gallery. Thus, the Banff Crasher Squirrel was born!
The furry little guy made his way back into the headlines last week after a similar photo (top) submitted to the 2011 Traveler Photo Contest was spotted by our photo editors. The Bing Cherry Squirrel soon made her own waves across the web, and the website (and bastion of adorableness,) Cute Overload dubbed her Banff Squirrel’s new girlfriend.
Bing Cherry Squirrel isn’t the only adorable animal photo to be submitted to this year’s contest. Browse the gallery above to see a few of our favorites and then enter your own.
Enter the Traveler Photo Contest Today! Deadline: July 11th.
Send us your best travel photos! The 2011 Traveler Photo Contest is accepting submissions in the following categories: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, and spontaneous moments.
Winning images will be showcased in the November/December 2011 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. You’ll also have a chance at winning one of our fabulous prizes, including a 14-day expedition for two to the British and Irish Isles aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Don’t dilly-dally! The contest ends July 11.
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