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This photo, of a cave in northern Thailand, is one of more than 18,000 submitted to the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest. This year's winners will be announced at the end of July. (Photograph by Drew Hopper)

Behind the Traveler Photo Contest

Have you ever wondered what makes an award-winning photograph? This is your chance to find out.

Join the judges and winners of the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest2014 Traveler Photo Contest2014 Traveler Photo Contest for a Google+ Hangout On Air, and get the inside scoop on how the winning photographs were selected from more than 18,000 images.

The judges—Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren, guest judge David Hobby, along with Senior Digital Photo Producer Sarah Polger—will also be answering your photography questions in real time, so make sure you join us for this unique behind-the-scenes look at our annual photography competition.

What: Live Google+ Hangout On Air with the judges of the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest

When: Monday, August 4, 11 a.m. EST

How to Join: Use hashtag #LetsExplore to participate in the Google+ Hangout in real time.

Ask the judges about photography and what they look for in a winning image, and get tips for making your photos stand out in next year’s contest and beyond.

Interactive Features: Browse all of this year’s entries, decorate your devices with free wallpaper downloads, and try your hand at a jigsaw puzzle created from some of our favorite submissions.

Do you have a question for the judges and winners of the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest? Ask away in the comments section below and it may be answered on air.