The winners of the 2013 photo contest have finally been announced by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine. This year’s entries featured incredible images that mirrored the world’s amazing diversity. Entries in excess of 15,500 of both professional and amateur photographers from all over the world entered their photographs in the esteemed competition.
Photographer Wagner Araujo’s Brazil Aquathlon bagged the first prize for the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, which is on its silver year. Araujo won a 10-day Galápagos Expedition for two. Araujo’s winning photo of the Brazil Aquathlon will also be featured in the Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. He will likewise receive a one-year subscription to the magazine.
The second prize which is a seven-day National Geographic Photography Workshop to be held in Santa Fe was awarded to Max Seigal, who hiked out to Canyonlands National Park Utah, with the hopes of capturing the ruins with the Milky Way as a dramatic backdrop. What he shot instead was a much more spectacular thunderstorm called Thunderstorm at False Kiva.
For third place, Yahai Bonneh’s Say Cheese was awarded a six-day cruise for two from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage. His amazing photograph of cheetahs jumping on a Land Rover Defender in Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, is truly unbelievable.
The assortment of entries is moving and exciting, showing how beautifully diverse the world is. “Every year the task of judging the contest gets tougher,” said National Geographic Traveler magazine’s editor in chief, Keith Bellows in a press release. “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.”
The photo contest featured 4 categories: Outdoor Scenes, Travel Portraits, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The judges reviewed the submissions for two rounds, and then chose the top three images, along with seven merit choices and one viewers’ choice winner.
See the entire award winning collection here. Congratulations to all the winners.
I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.