National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest: The Winning Shots In 2013

Art and Culture by Bronte Hogarth – 1MW International Correspondent

National Geographic Traveler has announced the winners of its 2013 photo contest. They received more than 15,500 entries this year from all corners of the planet. Images celebrating the earth’s incredible diversity.

In the end, it was Wagner Araujo of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, who has taken the grand-prize for his black and white shot “Dig Me River,” which captured the movement and adrenaline of Brazilian Aquathon participants as they raced into the Rio Negro, or Black River, so named due to the dark color of its waters.

‘I photographed it from the water and my lens got completely wet, but there was so energy in this boys that I just didn’t worry about that,’ Araujo wrote about his image.

The second prize – was awarded to Max Seigal, for his surreal image of a thunderstorm in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Yahai Bonneh received the third prize for his photo of cheetahs jumping on a jeep in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya. Graham McGeorge received a merit along with 7 others, for his incredible image of a Eastern Screech Owl disguised in a tree.

Here they are, the three winning images, along with the seven merit winners and the peoples choice.


First Place: “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.” Wagner Araujo/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Second Place: “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.” Max Seigal/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Third Place: “Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya.” Yanai Bonneh/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Merit: “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.” Gergely Lantai-Csont/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Merit: “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.” Hideyuki Katagiri/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Merit: “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.” Michelle Schantz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Merit: “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.” Nikola Smernic/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Merit: “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. ” Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Merit: “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.” Chan Kwok Hung/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Merit: “A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar, 2013.” Marcelo Salvador/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


Peoples Choice Winner: Another Perspective of the Day. Fisherman at Bira Beach, Makasar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Dody Kusuma/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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