The winning entries in the 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have just been announced. First prize winner Wagner Araujo will receive a 10-day Galapagos expedition for two for his image of competitors in the Brazilian Aquathlon. Collected here are the ten 2013 prize winning photos, plus the Viewers' Choice selection. Photos and captions by the photographers.
Second Place Winner: 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/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
First Place Winner: Brazil Aquathlon. 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)
Merit Winner: Sakura. The cherry blossom is called Sakura in Japanese. The cherry blossom is a Japanese symbolic flower. There are various kinds in a cherry tree and an especially old cherry tree has many kinds called Edo-Higan.
(© Hideyuki Katagiri/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Merit Winner: 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. Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia.
(© Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Viewers' Choice Winner: Another Perspective of the Day. Fisherman at Bira Beach, Makasar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
(© Dody Kusuma/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Merit Winner: 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/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Merit Winner: Lady in Water. A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar.
(© Marcelo Salvador/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Third Place Winner: Say Cheese. Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya.
(© Yanai Bonneh/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Merit Winner: Children of Reindeer. Mikael Ande, a child of Sami 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. Mageroya, Norway.
(© Michelle Schantz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Merit Winner: The Tata Honda 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/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
Merit Winner: 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/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)