Winners of the National Geographic Traveler photo contest

Published August 07, 2013


Winners of the National Geographic Traveler photo contest

Winners of the National Geographic Traveler photo contest

The 25th annual photo contest received more than 15,000 entries from photographers around the globe.

First Place: Dig me river

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

Second Place: Thunderstorm at False Kiva

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

Third Place: Say cheese

Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya. - Yanai Bonneh

Merit: The Tatahonda sect

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

Merit: Sakura

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. - Hideyuki Katagiri  

Merit: Children of Reindeer

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

Merit: Piano play at sunset

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

Merit: Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl

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

Merit: Guanjiang Shou

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

Merit: Lady in Water

A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar. - Marcelo Salvador

Viewers Choice: Another perspective of the day

The fisherman at Bira Beach. - Dody Kusuma