The national geographic 2012 traveler photo contest winners are revealed ! 11 stunningly breathtaking pictures that ewill take you in a magnificent journey around the world’s wonders!
From Afghanistan Kyrgyz lands simplicity of life to Norway northern lights, the beautiful contrast between viet children dreams and a talk between some old moroccan men. Not forgetting New Zealand, Madagascar, Chile…If you are about to travel, you’ll certainly find your inspiration here.
So let’s discover the winning photos that has been choosen between 12,000 entries from 6,615 talented photographers in 152 countries around the globe. ENJOY THE RIDE!
1st place winner : Butterfly by 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.
2nd place winner : Baloons by Vo Anh Kiet
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.
Merit winner Swimming in the rain by Camille 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! »
Near the city of Morondava, on the West coast of Madagascar lies an ancient forest of Baobab trees. Unique to Madagascar, the endemic species is sacred to the Malagasy people, and rightly so. Walking amongst these giants is like nothing else on this planet. Some of the trees here are over a thousand years old. It is a spiritual place, almost magical.
Merit winner : Bagan Bliss by Peter deMarco
« More than 2,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas fill the plains of Bagan. Once the capital of the Pagan Empire, farmers now raise their livestock within the centuries old complex. The best way to see Bagan, apart from a ride on a hot air balloon, is by bicycle. It’s easy to get off the beaten path and live out your wildest Indiana Jones fantasy »
A lonely cabin is illuminated under the Northern Lights in Finnmark, Norway