See the Winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest


The winners of the 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have just been announced. National Geographic received more than 15,500 submissions from talented photographers around the world taken in amazing locations ranging from Brazil to New Zealand. The prize winning photos collected here today show everything from electrifying lightning storms to animals in their natural habitats.

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

Thunderstorm at False KivaUtah by Max Seigal


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

Brazil AquathlonRio Negro, Ponta Negra Beach, Manaus, Amazon, Brazil by Max Seigal


Third Place Winner: Say Cheese

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

Third Place Winner: Say CheeseMasai Mara national park, Kenya by Yanai Bonneh


Merit Winner: Sakura

Masai Mara national park, Kenya by Yanai Bonneh

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

sakuraSeiunji-temple, Arakawa, Saitama, Japan by Hideyuki Katagiri


Merit Winner: Lady in Water

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

Lady in WaterBagan, Myanmar by Marcelo Salvador


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 .

Guanjiang Shou

Taichung, Taiwan by Chan Kwok Hung .


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

The Tata Honda SectDemocratic Republic of the Congo by Gergely Lantai-Csont


Viewers’ Choice Winner: Another Perspective of the Day

The fisherman at Bira Beach. —Dody Kusuma

Another Perspective of the DayMakasar – South Sulawesi – Indonesia by Dody Kusuma


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

Piano Play at SunsetQueenstown, New Zealand by Nikola Smernic


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. —Graham McGeorge

Portrait of an Eastern Screech OwlOkefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA by Graham McGeorge


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