Stunning Photos By NatGeo Contest Winners Will Blow Your Mind

With the amazing talent displayed in these 10 photos, it's no wonder National Geographic chose them as the best entries to its annual traveler photo competition.

The top 10 best photos from National Geographic’s 27th annual traveler photo contest have been announced. Out of more than 17,000 entries the best three photos were chosen with seven others receiving honorable mention.

The contest was made up of four categories including travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments.

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1st Place receives an eight day National Geographic photo expedition with airfare for two to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. 2nd Place gets a six day photo expedition for two at Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone and 3rd Place receives a six day cruise for two from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage. 

The photographers whose photos received honorable mention will get a $200 gift certificate to B&H Photo and the National Geographic Masters of Photography course on DVD. 


Gravel Workmen took second place. This photo was taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh by Faisal Azim. 

 Third place went to Camel Ardah, a traditional style of camel riding taken by Ahmed Al Toqi.  


 Two boys trying to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall in Nong Khai province, Thailand.

 White rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda taken by Stefane Berube. 

 The relaxation period after Kushti, the traditional form of Indian wrestling, during which wrestlers rest and cover their bodies with earth to soak up sweat. Photo by Alain Schroeder. 


 A sauna at 2,800 meters in the heart of the Dolomites at Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, in the eastern Italian Alps by Stefano Zardini. 


 Traditional haymaking in Poland, where many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay. Photo By Bartlomiej Jurecki.


 White frost over Pestera Village in Romania by Eduard Gutescu.

 A night at Deadvlei, in Namibia by Beth McCarley. 

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