Winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

It’s finally time to announce the winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest! Out of more than 15,500 entries, this year’s first place winner is Wagner Araujo for this energetic black and white shot of the Brazilian Aquathlon (swimming and running) championship. As Aruajo stated about that moment, “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.”

National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren, one of this year’s judges, shared why this entry nabbed the top spot:

“This photo really captures my attention because of the peak action it depicts. I love the horizontal tension caused by the main subject on his way out of the picture to the right. Classic photographic rules of composition say that you should not have subjects moving out of the frame, but this shot shows that sometimes the most exciting photo can be made by breaking the rules. I also love the body language of the main subject; he’s trying to lean forward but still holding back to get his last breath before plunging into the water. Finally, the addition of the tall buildings along the waterfront makes this more than just a sports picture; it’s also a portrait of Manaus, Brazil.”

Below are the rest of the winning images, which you’ll find in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. (Still love that hidden owl.)

First Place Winner: Dig Me River

First Place Winner: Dig Me River

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