Nat Geo: Winners Of Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Just a while ago I posted these amazing photos I found over at The Atlantic. These were entries to the 24th Traveler Photo Contest run by National Geographic for 2012. Yesterday they announced the 11 winners. These photos ranges across four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Check out Nat Geo’s winners gallery over here for more images.

Copyright: Lucia Griggi-“Taken at Cloud Break at an outer reef in Fiji, a surfer duck dives his board to clear the rolling waves of the raw ocean.

Copyright: Fred An- “This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens. I tried to bring a different perspective of this frequently photographed tree.

Copyright: Cedric Houin- “This image was shot in the Kyrgyz lands of the Wakhan Corridor. The intimacy of this everyday life moment, shot inside of a family yurt, is in total contrast with the harsh environment these nomadic tribes live in. On the right we notice a television and a sound console. These tribes live weeks away from any village by foot. In spite of being located at an altitude of 4,300 meters in one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan they are equipped with solar panels, satellite dishes and cellphones. Ancestral ways of living, with touches of modernity.”

Copyright: Ken Bower-“The village of Gásadalur and the island of Mykines in the background. Until a tunnel was built in 2004, the 16 residents living in Gásadalur had to take a strenuous hike or horseback over the steep 400 meter mountain in order to make it to the other villages. It was a rare sunny day in the Faroe Islands and I had to wait until the clouds rolled in to provide some softer light. I decided to go with a long exposure (1 minute 10 seconds) to illustrate the force of the wind and a serene sea among the isolated islands.

Copyright: Camila Massu-“My sister in the south of Chile. We are sitting at home next to the fireplace in our southern lake house when it suddenly began to pour uncontrollably. Had to rush into the lake to take this snapshot!

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