National Geographic announced the winners of its 2014 Traveler’s Photo Competition. There are lots of great shots, of course — but some are more striking than others as they appear rather otherworldly, even though no special effects are involved.
“This photo, taken at the ‘end of the world’ swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua,” Nat Geo writes. “The eruption took place on February 1st, 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud.” (click to see the full res!)