Winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Submit entries to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

For our 25th annual photo contest, National Geographic Travelermagazine received more than 15,500 entries from skilled photographers from around the globe. Taken in locations ranging from Brazil to Kenya, the winning pictures show everything from quiet landscapes to surprising moments.


First Prize: A 10-day Galápagos National Geographic Expedition for two

Second Prize: A 7-day National Geographic Photography Workshop

Third Prize: A 6-day cruise on a Maine windjammer schooner for two

7 Merit Prizes: $200 gift certificates to B&H Photo and a matted and framed print of your entry


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.


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.


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.


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.


Viewers’ Choice Winner: Another Perspective of the Day. Fisherman at Bira Beach, Makasar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.


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.


Merit Winner: Lady in Water. A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar.


Third Place Winner: Say Cheese. Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya.


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.


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.