EACH YEAR, National Geographic Traveler holds one of the most prestigious photography competitions out there. In 2013 (the competition’s 25th anniversary), over 15,000 entries were submitted from all over the world. Judging resulted in one first-place winner — who will receive a 10-day Galápagos National Geographic Expedition for two — second- and third-place winners, and a handful of “merit winners.” To see what the judges had to say about their picks, check out the Winners Gallery.
The winning images will appear in the Dec 2013 / Jan 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveler. Matador is proud to be able to share the 11 images below. All photos copyright National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.