We published entries for one of the most hotly anticipated travel photography competitions of the year as they have rolled in. Now finally, a winner has been crowned.

2013 national geographic traveler photo contest wi

Wagner Araujo of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has been selected as the grand-prize winner of National Geographic’s 2013 Traveler Photo Contest. Araujo has won a 10-day expedition to the Galápagos for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. His winning photo, “Dig Me River,” captured Brazilian Aquathlon participants running into the Rio Negro.

2013 national geographic traveler photo contest wi

“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 it,” said Araujo.


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2013 national geographic traveler photo contest wi

The 25th annual photo contest received more than 15,000 entries from photographers around the globe. Contestants submitted photographs in four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The judging consisted of two rounds of evaluation based on creativity and photographic quality.

The three winning photographs along with the seven merit winners and the People’s Choice winner can be viewed on the Traveler Photo Contest page.

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  • First Place: Dig me river

    <blockquote>"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</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Second Place: Thunderstorm at False Kiva

    <blockquote>"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</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Third Place: Say cheese

    <blockquote>"Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya." - Yanai Bonneh</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Merit: Guanjiang Shou

    <blockquote>"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</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Merit: sakura

    "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. - Hideyuki Katagiri" Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Merit: Piano play at sunset

    <blockquote>"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</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Merit: The TataHonda sect

    <blockquote>"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</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Merit: Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl

    <blockquote>"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</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Merit: Lady in Water

    <blockquote>"A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar, 2013." - Marcelo Salvador</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Merit: Children of Reindeer

    <blockquote>"Mikael Ánde, a child of Sámi 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." - Michelle Schantz</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.

  • Viewers Choice: Another perspective of the day

    <blockquote>"The fisherman at Bira Beach." - Dody Kusuma</blockquote> Click <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/2013/entries/gallery/winners-winners/" target="_blank">here</a> for the full list of winners.