2013 Second Place Winner: Thunderstorm at False Kiva: I hiked out to these ruins at night hoping to photograph them with the Milky Way, but instead a thunderstorm rolled through, creating this dramatic image. —Photo and caption by Max Seigal
National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2013 - Sea Stacks in Iceland "Legend says there were three trolls who were pulling a three-masted ship to the shore unsuccessfully, but they were caught by the sunlight at dawn and turned into needles of rock.
These awe-inspiring photos of Mother Nature might just be reason enough to give a thankful nod on Earth Day. Here, using clever low exposure techniques, photographer Rolf Maeder managed to capture multiple lightning strikes hitting the Grand Canyon.