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Merit Winner: Sauna In The Sky

Merit Winner: Sauna In The Sky, Italian Alps | 10 Best Winners From The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015
Photo and caption by Stefano Zardini

A sauna at 2,800 meters high in the heart of Dolomites. Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps.

 

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Merit Winner: Romania, Land Of Fairy Tales

Merit Winner: Romania, Land Of Fairy Tales | 10 Best Winners From The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015
Photo and caption by Eduard Gutescu

Romania, land of fairy tales. White frost over Pestera village.

 

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Merit Winner: A Night At Deadvlei

Merit Winner: A Night At Deadvlei | 10 Best Winners From The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015
Photo and caption by Beth McCarley

The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadvlei, in Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds. Deadvlei means “dead marsh.” The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.

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