10 of the most stunning pics from Nat Geo's 2014 photo contest

Not long ago, we showed you the winners of National Geographic Traveler's 2014 Photo Contest. A supercell thunderstorm, a wild horse, a volcano erupting in Ecuador -- they were awe-inspiring, to say the least.

Now, Nat Geo Traveler's parent magazine National Geographic has launched its own 2014 Photo Contest, and thousands of submissions have started to pour in ahead of the October 31 deadline.

The winner gets $10,000, a trip to Nat Geo's Washington, DC headquarters, and a photography master class at the magazine's annual photo seminar next January. Meanwhile, runners-up in three different categories -- places, people, and nature -- will each receive $2,500, and have their photo published in the magazine.

From a dreamy sunset in Southern Iceland to a waving polar bear in the Arctic, here are our favorite picks from the first selection of entries. To marvel at the others, visit the contest's webpage.

Taj Mahal sunrise

Location: Agra, India
Photographer: Thomas Dorleans

La marée du GR34

Location: Côtes de Granit Rose, Côtes d'Armor
Photographer: Thomas Dorleans

Arctic Hi-five

Location: Svalbard
Photographer:Colin Mackenzie

Pegadung Rock

Location: Lampung, Indonesia 
Photographer: Henry Adam

Metal Worker

Location: Turkey
Photographer: Murat Yılmaz


Location: Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, California 
Photographer: Heidi Beetz

Above Big Sur

Location: Big Sur, California
Photographer: Douglas Croft

Painted Ladies

Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Photographer: Daniel Kudish

Searching for Love

Location: Brevard, North Carolina
Photographer: Spencer Black 


Location: Jokulsarlon Glaier Lagoon, Iceland
Photographer: Francesco Riccardo Iacomino

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. She doesn’t quite take photos like these, but she’s working on it. Follow her on Instagram and on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.