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26.08.2012

 

Around the world .... National Geographic presents the visually stunning results of the Traveler Photo Contest 2012 and GoSee presents the travel report ‘Wakhan, an Other Afghanistan’ in images and film

We are once again impressed by this year’s Traveler Photo Contest results, which we are pleased to present here on GoSee. Eleven images made it into the final selection – out of 12,000 entries by more than 6,000 photographers from 152 countries around the globe.

Underwater surfing on Fiji, a working farmer in the historical royal city of Burma, a carefree dip in a South Chilean lake, a waterfall on the Faroe Islands, the Baobab forest in Madagascar or a Japanese maple tree in the Japanese gardens in Portland … All images capture the beauty of nature and the life of the people that inhabit it.

Picking a winning entry wasn’t an easy task for the judges. The photograph that got the slight advantage in the end was Cedric Houin’s ‘Butterfly’. The intimate scene was shot in a yurt in the Wakhan Corridor – a remote strip of land in the northeast of Afghanistan.

There, the Wakhi and Kyrgyz nomad tribes live 4,300 above sea level and yet own satellite dishes, mobile phones and solar panels.

This image was created in the context of the extremely interesting project ‘Wakhan, an Other Afghanistan’ a documentary art project with breath-taking photography, essays, video installations and a book.

National Geographic photographer and judge Alexandra Avakian comments: 'The content of the photo is striking because the photographer captured both the nomads' traditional way of life and some of their modern accouterments — the viewer gets the visual satisfaction of something that goes against cliché.

'Triangle shapes tend to add dynamism to photos. In this picture they appear in several places, including the main subject’s knee, elbow, and white scarf. The location is hard to reach and off the beaten path for most travelers, and therefore of educational as well as aesthetic value.'

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic