Today the winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have been announced.
Wagner Araujo of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has been selected as the grand-prize winner. Araujo has won a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. His winning photo, “Dig Me River,” captures Brazilian Aquathlon participants running into the Rio Negro.
“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 it,” said Araujo.
Max Seigal of Boulder, Colo., placed second for his image “Thunderstorm at False Kiva” and won a spot in a National Geographic Photography Workshop in Santa Fe, N.M. 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. Seven merit prize winners received a print of their photo, matted and framed by the National Geographic Imaging Lab, and a $200 gift certificate to B&H Photo.
“Every year the task of judging the contest gets tougher. The quality of photos increasingly gets better — and the range of imagery more diverse. It’s exciting to see the emergence of such huge numbers of imaginative photographers,” said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor in chief.
The 25th annual photo contest received more than 15,000 entries from photographers around the globe. Contestants submitted photographs in four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Judging consisted of two rounds of evaluation based on creativity and photographic quality. The three winning photographs along with the seven merit winners and the People’s Choice winner can be viewed on the Traveler Photo Contest page.
The grand-prize winner will travel to the Galápagos accompanied by a diverse team of naturalists and will experience up-close encounters with unique species such as domed giant tortoises, sea lions, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. The trip is provided by National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the National Geographic Society, which offers guided trips spanning all seven continents and more than 60 destinations.
First Place: Dig me river
Photo and caption by Wagner Araujo/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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.
Second Place: Thunderstorm at False Kiva
Photo and caption by Max Seigal/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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.
Third Place: Say cheese
Photo and caption by Yanai Bonneh/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya.
Merit: Children of Reindeer
Photo and caption by Michelle Schantz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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.
Merit: Guanjiang Shou
Photo and caption by Chan Kwok Hung/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Guanjiang Shou troupes are one of Taiwan most popular activities that may be seen all over Taiwan at traditional folk religion 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.
Merit: Lady in Water
Photo and caption by Marcelo Salvador/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar, 2013
Merit: Piano play at sunset
Photo and caption by Nikola Smernic/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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.
Merit: Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl
Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
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.
Photo and caption by Hideyuki Katagiri/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Cherry blossom is called Sakura in Japanese.Cherry blossom is Japanese symbolic flower.There are various kinds in a cherry tree and an especially old cherry tree has many kinds called Edo-Higan. 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 looks at a powerful spectacle can do it. This photograph focused on Edo-Higan and photographed Beni-Sidare which is back together.
Merit: The TataHonda sect.
Photo and caption by Gergely Lantai-Csont/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
The photographer could get inside of an enclosed sect named Tatahonda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The ladies are preparing for their religious ceremony.
Viewers Choice: Another perspective of the day
Photo and caption by Dody Kusuma/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
The fisherman at Bira Beachv