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BACK IN JANUARY, we shared 14 winners from the National Geographic Travel Photo Contest 2012. The 2013 edition marks the 25th anniversary of the contest, which, judging by the quality of entries received in just the first month, is going strong. Photo submissions are being accepted through June 30, so check out the contest page for details and enter to win prizes that range from $200 B&H gift certificates to a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos.
The 13 images + captions below are some of the standouts that have been submitted so far — you can see more by browsing the recent entries page. Here’s to announcing a Matadorian in the top rankings next January.
Door to Hell
Standing 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.
This image was taken at Pacu Jawi Festival. A Traditional Bull-race that usually held after harvesting period, by Minangkabau People especially villagers at Tanah Datar, West of Sumatera. Best cows and jockeys are judge by the way they run the track fast and straight. Every race always attended by hundreds of people around the region, along with a farmers fair that held there. This event were only exist in Tanah Datar, Minangkabau Region, West of Sumatera.
The power of the Criollo horses at the Cabanha Ipuã located in Paranà, Brazil. The Criollo is the native horse of Uruguay (1910), Argentina (1918), Brazil (1932) and Paraguay. It may have the best endurance of any horse breed in the world next to the Arabian.
The hostile desert landscape in the Little Rann of Kutch in western Gujarat state is where these day labourers work. The stark, white salt is a challenging environment to work in, dry and bright but there is a peace and beauty to this place too which is overwhelming. It was the second time I visited these parts and each time I leave with a sense of joy and sorrow, the people are lowly paid but full of welcome and smiles to me even though life is tough for them as this is their environment.
With the death of the King Father, hundreds of thousands of Cambodian citizens gathered in the streets of Phnom Penh to mourn. Children and adults alike wait for hours in the searing Khmer sun, waiting for his body to be brought to the Royal Palace. Boy Scouts and Cambodian Red Cross volunteers distribute bottled water to those who are showing signs of dehydration. People are fainting in the crowd as heat exhaustion takes over. No one is sure when the King will arrive yet no one dares to give up their spot. Here, Buddhist monks line Sothearos Blvd. awaiting the return of the King Father.