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National Geographic travel photography finalists

Rural category winner: Chris Miller “Son Doong Cave, located deep in the Vietnamese jungle, is the world’s biggest cave and was only explored for the first time in 2009. It’s so big it has its own weather system and a Boeing 747 could fly through its largest cavern. This photo shows some members of our party in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park starting the climb up one of the two dolines (sinkholes), which are prominent features inside Son Doong Cave. The vegetation seen here fell inside the cave when the roof collapsed (the jungle floor is around 150 metres further above). Two-way radios and a laser pointer were used to get people in position for this photo and ensure their headlamps provided just the right amount of illumination.”

National Geographic travel photography finalists

From animals in the wild to urban landscapes, travel photos capture some of the most interesting sights on Earth. The finalists of the 2015 National Geographic Travel Photography Competition have been announced by National Geographic Traveller (UK). Prints of the photographs are available to buy here.