"One of my best friends invited me along for his first helicopter ride. I had seen Kauai from above before, but this time was very different. The experience was very emotional and special when shared with the right people. This might be my favorite photograph I have ever taken. Leaning out the door of a helicopter, above the most beautiful place on earth."

Napali Coast, Kauai, Hawai'i

"One of my best friends invited me along for his first helicopter ride. I had seen Kauai from above before, but this time was very different. The experience was very emotional and special when shared with the right people. This might be my favorite photograph I have ever taken. Leaning out the door of a helicopter, above the most beautiful place on earth."
Photograph and caption by Lace Andersen, 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest

40 epic landscapes to inspire your next trip

Our favorites from this year’s photo contest take you from mountain peaks to sunny shores—and everywhere in between.

Captions were written and submitted by the photographers to the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest.

Sparkling lakes, mountains shrouded in clouds, and surreal landscape views are among the stunning photo entries in the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest. Travel the world through contest photographers’ eyes and immerse yourself in the wonder of their outdoor experiences from around the globe.

Think you have the winning photo? Be sure to enter before May 3 at 12 p.m. EST, for a chance to win up to $10,000.

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