Every year National Geographic competitions give us some of the most breathtaking photos of the year and this years Traveler Photo Contest is no exception. With over 17,000 entries from around the world the winners for the best categories such as Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments have now been revealed.
This is the 27th year that the competition has been running and as you can see from the photos below. Check out the amazing winners below. More information on the competition and how to enter next years can be found here.
First Place Winner: Whale Whisperers
Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo, Mexico.
Second Place: Gravel Workmen
This gravel-crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Third Place Winner: Camel Ardah
Camel Ardah, as it called in Oman, is one of the traditional styles of camel racing … between two camels controlled by expert men. The faster camel is the loser … so they must be running at the same speed level in the same track.
Merit Winner: A Night at Deadvlei
The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds.
Merit Winner: Catching a Duck
Two boys are trying to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall. Nong Khai Province, Thailand.
Merit Winner: Romania, Land of Fairy Tales
White frost over Pestera village.
Merit Winner: Highlanders
Traditional haymaking in Poland. Many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay.
Merit Winner: White Rhinos
The night before this photo, we tried all day to get a good photo of the endangered white rhino. Skulking through the grass carefully, trying to stay 30 feet away to be safe, didn't provide me the photo I was hoping for. In the morning, however, I woke up to all three rhinos grazing in front of me. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda.
Merit Winner: Kushti, Indian Wrestling
Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. Wearing only a well-adjusted loincloth (langot), wrestlers (pelwhans) enter a pit made of clay, often mixed with salt, lemon, and ghee (clarified butter). At the end of a workout, wrestlers rest against the walls of the arena, covering their heads and bodies with earth to soak up any perspiration and avoid catching cold.
Merit Winner: Sauna in the Sky
A sauna at 2,800 meters high in the heart of Dolomites. Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps.