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04/24/2013

Highlights from the 2013 National Geographic Traveler photo contest

The winners have been announced for the 25th annual National Geographic Traveler photo contest — featuring some stunning pictures of people, places and things from around the globe. They're still taking submissions, for all you globe-trotting photographers. Here is a selection of our favourites that have already been entered:

 

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A fisherman casts his net on Bira Beach in Indonesia. Dody Kusuma photo

 

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Mikael Ande, a child of Sami 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 photo

 

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I found this girl in a monastery in Jakar, posing at the door of the main entrance to the chapel. Juan Abal Lopez photo

 

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A scientist climbs out of an ice cave formed by volcanic vents near the summit of Mt. Erebus, Antarctica. Alasdair Turner photo

 

More photos after the jump:

 

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Eagle hunting is a Kazakh tradition that dates back 2,000 years. Around 350 Kazakh eagle hunters are keeping the tradition alive in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia. Tariq Sawyer photo

 

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I love watching the affection and attention that bonobos have for their young. They truly are a wonderful species of ape. Graham McGeorge photo

 

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The Pacu Jawi Festival is a traditional bull race that usually held after the harvesting period, by Minangkabau villagers at Tanah Datar, west of Sumatera, Indonesia. The cows and jockeys are judged by the way they run the track, fast and straight. Every race is attended by hundreds of people around the region, along with a farmer's fair that is held there. Fauzan Maududdin photo

 

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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 photo

 

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"Jeez Louise... those cookies were good." Graham McGeorge photo

 

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While on a night dive in the waters off Okinawa, Japan, this reef squid showed up. The time and air I spent trying to get close to him paid off. Cameron Knudsen photo

 

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Criollo horses show off their power at the Cabanha Ipua in Parana, Brazil. The Criollo is the native horse of Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. It may have the best endurance of any horse breed in the world next to the Arabian. Chris Schmid photo

 

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A woman stands at the edge of the Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan. Known as the Door to Hell, this flaming crater has been burning for decades, fueled by the rich natural gas reserves found below the surface. Priscilla Locke photo

 

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I hiked several hours through the night in Patagonia to find a tree I had seen a few days earlier, to photograph it against the night sky. Max Siegal photo

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