Aug 1, 2013

National Geographic’s 2013 Photo Contest Winners Gallery


Wagner Araujo of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has been selected as the grand-prize winner of National Geographic’s 2013 Traveler Photo Contest, now in its 25th year. 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.

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.

To read thoughts from the judges about why each winner was selected, head over to the official winners gallery on National Geographic.


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.


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.


Third Place: Say cheese



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


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.


Merit: sakura

sakura National Geographics 2013 Photo Contest Winners Gallery


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: 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.


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.


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.


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.


Merit: Lady in Water



A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar, 2013.


Viewers Choice: Another perspective of the day



The fisherman at Bira Beach


National Geographic Traveler is the world’s most widely read travel magazine. Published eight times a year, Traveler is available by subscription, on newsstands in the United States and Canada and digitally for tablets like the iPad (on Zinio) and Nook (at Its website, (, offers inspiring and authoritative digital content, including trip ideas, photo galleries and blogs. It also houses travel apps, including 50 Places of a Lifetime, which showcases the world’s greatest destinations handpicked by National Geographic’s family of globe-trotting contributors, and the award-winning National Parks app, filled with stunning pictures, maps and tips to explore America’s national parks.







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