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The winning images of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have been announced...aren't they stunning?
Winning photographer Wagner Araujo says: "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." Photo by Wagner Araujo/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Max Seigal won the silver medal for this beautiful image. The photographer says: "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." Stunning! Photo by Max Seigal/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Rounding off the top three is this incredible moment caught by Yanai Bonneh. Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya. Photo: Yanai Bonneh/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Photographer Michelle Schantz says: "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." Photo and caption by Michelle Schantz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Chan Kwok says "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." Photo and caption by Chan Kwok Hung/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
A lady collects water in the river by a village in Bagan, Myanmar, Photo by Marcelo Salvador/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Nikola Smernic says "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." Photo and caption by Nikola Smernic/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Graham McGeorge writes: "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." Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
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. Photo and caption by Gergely Lantai-Csont/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Hideyuki Katagiri writes "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. The trees of the cherry tree exceeding hundreds of years are located in a line with a nebula this temple, and if spring comes every year,can looks at a powerful spectacle can do it. This photograph focused on Edo-Higan and photographed Beni-Sidare which is back together."
The fisherman at Bira Beach. Photo by Dody Kusuma/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.