Dry tree perch with volcanic material flowed Sinabung volcano blanketed villages dsesa, as seen from the village of Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 26, 2015. Indonesia's Mount Sinabung Mount intermittently spewed burning ash and gas, a week after authorities say residents to evacuate the danger zone within a radius of 7 kilometers principal (4 miles). Warning in North Sumatra Province was raised to its highest level last week as the government feared that the growing lava dome could collapse at any moment. More than 10,000 people have been evacuated to safer areas in Karo, where the volcano lies with high activity. Albert Ivan Damanik
A total of 329,940 photos were submitted to the contest from 231 countries. Winners were selected in eight categories: Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images, Sustainable Travel, Readers Choice and photos taken with mobile devices. The winner of each category won bragging rights and $500, with the exception of the Sustainable Travel category winner, who won a pair of airline tickets to anywhere in North America, Central America, or the Caribbean. The grand prize winner won $2,500.
The 14th annual contest is currently open to entries and runs from March 22, 2016 to November 30, 2016.
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