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Don't miss: The AMAZING winners of Nat Geo photo contest

Last updated on: August 06, 2013 08:48 IST

Don't miss: The AMAZING winners of Nat Geo photo contest

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The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photograph Contest received more than 15,000 entries from photographers around the globe, with contestants submitting their entries in four categories: Travel/Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.

We present the winning photographs of the prestigious competition, which will be published in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

First Place Winner: Dig Me River

Wagner Araujo of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has been selected as the grand-prize winner of National Geographic’s 2013 Traveler Photo Contest. His winning photo, “Dig Me River,” captures Brazilian Aquathlon participants running into the Rio Negro.

“I was in Manaus, Amazonas, during the Brazilian Aquathlon (swimming and running) championship. I photographed it from the water and my lens got completely wet, but there was so much energy in these boys that I just didn't worry about that,’ the photographer says.

Araujo has won a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour.

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Image: Wagner Araujo/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Rio Negro, Ponta Negra Beach, Manaus, Amazon, Brazil

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Second Place Winner: Thunderstorm at False Kiva

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Max Seigal of Boulder, Colorado, United States of America, placed second for his image “Thunderstorm at False Kiva” and has won a spot in a National Geographic Photography Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“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,” the photographer says.

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Image: Max Seigal/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Utah, USA

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Third Place Winner: Say Cheese

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Third place went to Yanai Bonneh of Negev, Israel, for his image of cheetahs, captioned “Say Cheese.” His prize is a six-day cruise for two on a Maine windjammer schooner.

“Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya,” the photographer explains

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Image: Yanai Bonneh/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Masai Mara national park, Kenya

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Merit Winner: The TataHonda Sect

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“I could get inside of an enclosed sect named Tatahonda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The ladies are preparing for their religious ceremony,” the photographer Gergely Lantai-Csont explains.

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Image: Gergely Lantai-Csont/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

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Merit Winner: Sakura

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“Cherry blossom is called Sakura in Japanese. Cherry blossom is a Japanese symbolic flower. The trees of the cherry tree exceeding hundreds of years are located in a line with a nebula this temple, and if spring comes every year, can become a powerful spectacle,” the photographer explains.

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Image: Hideyuki Katagiri/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Seiunji-temple,Arakawa,Saitama,Japan

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Merit Winner: Children of Reindeer

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“Mikael Ánde, a child of Sámi reindeer herders, takes a break indoors after a long, cold day of rounding up the animals for vaccinations and slaughter. Children of reindeer herders learn to handle these animals and the land they thrive in from infancy -- young Mikael here knew far more about the ways of nature than I could ever hope to learn,” the photographer explains.

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Image: Michelle Schantz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Mager´┐Żya, Norway

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Merit Winner: Piano Play at Sunset

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“Streets of Queenstown, New Zealand at the end of one more day filled with adrenaline. Calming and doleful scene with piano sound in the background,” the photographer says.

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Image: Nikola Smernic/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Queenstown, New Zealand

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Merit Winner: Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl

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“Masters of disguise. The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey,” the photographer explains.

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Image: Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA

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Merit Winner: Guanjiang Shou

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“Guanjiang Shou troupes are one of Taiwan’s most popular activities that may be seen all over the country at traditional folk religious gatherings. With their fiercely painted faces, protruding fangs and powerful, choreographed performances, they are easily recognized. They may be described as underworld police or gods' bodyguards,” the photographer explains.

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Image: Chan Kwok Hung/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Taichung, Taiwan

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Merit Winner: Lady in Water

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“A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar,” photographer Marcelo Salvador explains.

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Image: Marcelo Salvador/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Bagan, Myanmar

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Viewers' Choice Winner: Another Perspective of the Day

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“The fisherman at Bira Beach,” the photograph explains.

 

 


Image: Dody Kusuma/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photographs: Location: Indonesia

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