Selasa, 19 November 2013

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“Guardian of the Mountain”. Hajj claims to be 112 years old. He knew the Europeans that made the first recorded ascent of North Africas highest mountain, Toubkal in 1923. Pictured in the background just catching the last of the evening light. Hajjs' father built and ran the Toubkal mountain refuge passing the responsibility to Hajj and through the generations to his son who is the current guardian. The Guardians of the Mountain. Location: Toubkal, Morocco. (Photo and caption by Joshua Exell/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Music Collector”. Ahmet is a record seller who loves music very much. He has a small and charming shop and he makes collection of long-play records. He spends his life on music and its changes, and he is very happy with the old melodies. Location: Degirmendere, Kocaeli. (Photo and caption by Melih Sular/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Up!” A local in the water village of Xi Tang, China, observing the sky. Location: Xi Tang, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. (Photo and caption by Jennifer Rimaz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Children of Reindeer”. 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. Location: Magerøya, Norway. (Photo and caption by Michelle Schantz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Indian Smiles”. She opens the window and feels so curious about the new Chinese faces in the old Jodhpur streets around her house. What a beautiful saree and pretty smile! (Photo and caption by Mac Kwan/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Kazakh Eagle Hunters”. Eagle Hunting is a Kazakh tradition that dates back 2000 years. Around 350 Kazakh Eagle Hunters are keeping the tradition alive in the Altai Mountains, Mongolia. (Photo and caption by Tariq Sawyer/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Girl at the door”. I found this girl in a monastery in Jakar, posing at the door of the main entrance to the chapel. Location: Jakar, Bhutan. (Photo and caption by Juan Abal Lopez/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“The Laborer”. Laborers unload tons of tuna everyday which they carry on their backs. Most of these fishes weigh heavier than them but that is how they earn their living. They bring the tuna to the different buying stations in the fish port where it is weighed , classified and sold. Location: General Santos City, Philippines. (Photo and caption by Ybrael Abergas/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“In the Heart of the Giant Sequoia”. On my first trip to Sequoia National Park, I was blown away by the enormity of these massive trees. To illustrate their size, I took this self portrait from inside a cracked tree, which gives a sense of their scale. (Photo and caption by Max Seigal/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Left or right?” I was taking some shots on the beach of Taghazout, Morocco, when this little guy came up to me asking in what hand he was holding a coin. After playing along I asked if I could take his picture. (Photo and caption by Thomas Pieters/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“20 minutes”. Newborn child in after home delivery. Burma 2012. (Photo and caption by Mstyslav Chernov/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“The life in Pulang”. Pulang women was cooking dinner for the whole family. In Pulang,such an ancient society, women are in charge of all the household duties. Location: Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China. (Photo and caption by Tianze Jiang/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Down the spine”. While skiing in the Tobacco Root Mountains in Western Montana, two friends boot packed into a circe with the intention of skiing an exposed ridge. The second skier dropped in, right as a cloud came over the circe, framing him perfectly with the shadow from the ridge. Just another day in the Big Sky country! Location: Ennis, Montana, USA. (Photo and caption by Dylan Brown/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Reflection”. The rice fields in Indonesia are magnificent. They extend across the country and provide a stunning image of this exotic country. Location: Yogyakarta, Indonésia. (Photo and caption by Robson Barbosa/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Awash With Like Colors”. The setting sun signals the collection of laundry left out for the day on the colorful island of Burano, Italy. (Photo and caption by Aaron Aday/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Tinman”. Fikret the tinman lives in Tarsus. he is the expert of recycling. He makes stovepipe using tins of tomato, cheese and pickle. After I met him, I put colorful tins in a line. I took his photo of happiness, the image was like a honey comb and a colorful rainbow. Location: Turkey, Tarsus. (Photo and caption by Melih Sular/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Resting”. A couple of Beduins are just resting in a ray of the Sun in the Siq, the canyon leading to Petra City in Jordan. (Photo and caption by Jeremie Noel/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Suri Smile”. It took a three-day drive in rugged conditions to meet the Suri tribe. The community is nestled in one of the toughest and most remote places on Earth-the Ethiopia/Sudan border. Despite the harsh conditions, the Suri take great pride and joy in decorating their bodies. This young Suri boy is covered in yellow and red ochre from a creek bed near our camp. These marks of distinction are used to attract women and to intimidate enemies in battle. There is a fascination and almost obsession with appearance. Suri apply the paint using flowers, sticks, bottle tops and cartridge cases. Location: Kibbish, Suri Tribe, Omo Valley, South-West Ethiopia. Africa. (Photo and caption by Stephanie Hunt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Hadzabe Bush Boy”. A boy from the Hadzabe bush tribe in Tanzania. (Photo and caption by Darryl MacDonald/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“The Bread Makers”. Two Omani women making traditional arabic bread over an open fire. (Photo and caption by Darryl MacDonald/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“The western impact”. This guy is from India, a performer who dance and sings for hospitality services. He entertains tourists, while he was dancing he asked audiences to get cash as a tip, few gave and few ignored. One foreigner offered him a chewing gum, he chuckled and accepted gently, he asked foreigner in English that if he able to make a gum balloon bigger than her, she will have to give him a cash as a reward. It's hilarious but clever business proposal, challenge was accepted. Both competed. Finally, he got cash reward. Chewing gum discovered in only western civilization but he used the skill very smartly. Location: Rajasthan, India. (Photo and caption by Raj Gadhvi/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Shoes Seller”. Portrait of a shoes seller in the city of Jaipur. Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. (Photo and caption by Massimiliano De Santis/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Behind Polar Circle”. Mother of family in a Nenets settlement on peninsula Yamal (Puassia) prepares plagues for stacking on нарты before перездом on a new pasture. (Photo and caption by Anatoly Strunin/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“At the barber shop”. A woman holding her baby is waiting the husband at the barber shop. Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. (Photo and caption by Massimiliano De Santis/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Berber”. A wandering Berber in the Sahara, Morocco. He was walking from his village, and had been sleeping in the desert for several days and was about the reach a nearby town for his first proper meal. (Photo and caption by Filip Gierlinski/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Bubbles”. A man blowing bubbles on the beach shares a moment, allowing me a couple seconds to play with the composition of the pedestrians behind him. Location: Mumbai, India. (Photo and caption by Chris Mumma/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Hassan and his Camels”. While photographing the sunset in the Sahara Desert, I turned around to see Hassan and his camels patiently waiting to take the group back to base camp. Location: The Sahara Desert, near Merzouga, Moroccco. (Photo and caption by Jack Wickes/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Watchmaker Mikail”. Mikail the Watchmaker passed his days with them, he fixed the time behind the watches. He was an old man but he liked his job, both his life and time fixing, everybody loved him. Location: Kocaeli/Gölcük. (Photo and caption by Melih Sular/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Buddhist monks”. At the hills around Kalaw (Myanmar) there are a number of villages that are accessible only by foot. Daily several small groups of tourists visit these villages. These two monks were looking at the tourists who just entered the Palaung village. (Photo and caption by Paul Klaassen/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Day dreaming”. This picture was taken in Cambodia during a bus ride. A woman who day dreams. I see bus rides as the best way to meditate. (Photo and caption by Stylianos Papardelas/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Tea Pickers”. Tea pickers in a tea garden in Srimangal, Bangladesh. (Photo and caption by Simon Urwin/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Singh Is Kinng”. A Sikh man gets out of the water at the Sri Harmandir Sahib, Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The temple is considered by Sikhs as the holiest shrine of their religion. (Photo by Arif Patani, (Photo and caption by Arif Patani/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“The Recycler”. Richard Greuter owns a company called Greuter Autoverwertung (Car Recycling) in Mönchaltorf ZH, Switzerland. There you can find lots of destroyed cars which then “donate” their “organs” for other cars to live longer. A very captivating place indeed. Location: Moenchaltorf, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo and caption by Nicolas Zonvi/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Monk Making”. A young boy leaves his family to become a novice monk – a source of great pride to his family, and some sadness to the young man leaving home. Location: Bagan Plain, Burma. (Photo and caption by tuart Hutchinson/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Primary Colours”. For those of us fortunate enough to live in a world of Light and Colour doing so without, is unimaginable. Location: Sydney, Australia. (Photo and caption by Karel Gilliland/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Holi festival”. Holi is the festival more colorful and fun of the Indian calendar and falls on the full moon of the month of Phalgun which is the month of March in the Gregorian calendar. This festival has many elements that can be compared to our Carnival: during the three days of festivities in every town, village, road, countryside, crowds of young, old, children play him throwing colored powder mixed with water. Location: India. (Photo and caption by Antonio Gibotta/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Night at the Arch”. This is a self portrait I made while photographing the night sky at Delicate Arch in Utah. (Photo and caption by Max Seigal/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Flying Monk”. Young monks begin their service very early in life in their studies in the monastery. This monk was young and energetic and decided to “fly” in his exuberance for life. Location: Mandalay, Myanmar. (Photo and caption by Bonnie Stewart/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Coming of Age”. Seijin no Hi or Coming of Age Day is a traditional Japanese holiday which is organized on the second Monday in January. In Japan the age of majority is 20 wearing kimono. Location: Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo and caption by Danilo Dungo/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“The city of coal”. In the slum area of Ulingan, near Manila, hundreds of families earn their living from the charcoal industry. The air is thick with smoke as children and adults of all ages get to work. Families have lived in these conditions for generations but now a project to test smokeless kilns is under way, and local NGO Project Pearls is helping to ensure that children living in the slum receive a few decent meals a week and some education. Location: Philippines, Manila. (Photo and caption by Claudio Ceriali/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Apsara dancer in deep thought”. This Apsara dancer was in deep thought. She was seated inside the Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap with a statue in shadow and water dripping past on the ground. Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Photo and caption by Bonnie Stewart/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Waking up with the fishermen”. It's just past 8am and most are already in for a while. As the sun rises and reveals Bali's Gunung Agung volcano in the far distance, more and more men gather in the sea and paint the horizon with their silhouettes as far as the eye can see. They fish for very small fish and will stand here for many hours, until well beyond noon, to fill the bags they carry on their hips. Many of them wear life jackets because they cannot swim. Their hats come in all sorts and shapes and double as toolkits, with pouches glued to the inside or outside to keep their gear and cigarettes within easy reach. Location: Sanur, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo and caption by Willem Sorm/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Stay Strong”. Taken on a recent trip to Cuba at the Rafael Trejo Boxing Gymnasium. Location: Havana, Cuba. (Photo and caption by Denise Catuogno/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Afghan Bread”. This image of a bread seller was captured on a morning, in Herat's neighborhood, March 2013. Location: Herat, Afghanistan. (Photo and caption by Ricardo Thome/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“One Day a Masai Warrior”. These Masai tribes people live in the wilderness of Kenya and still uphold most of their traditional values and customs. The colour red is worn to represent power, and accessories and body ornaments are be worn to reflect their identity and status in society. Traditionally, a Masai boy would only become a Masai warrior after he went out on his own and killed a lion, as a rite of passage. Location: Masai Mara, Kenya. (Photo and caption by David Lazar/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Karo women”. Location: Africa, Ethiopia . (Photo and caption by Marina Kravchuk/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“The Tata Honda sect”. 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)

“Boatman, Chittagong”. A boatman waits for his next set of early-morning passengers. Location: Chittagong, Bangladesh. (Photo and caption by Kristian Leven/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Turkish Bakery”. This is a bakery in a small town in Cappadocia, Turkey. Taken while on a mountain bike tour, as we cycled past the house the women invited us in to taste the bread. Cappadocia is a culturally rich area in central Turkey and cycling through the the plateau was a great way to get close to the people. (Photo and caption by Chetan Patel/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Kushti – Wrestling in soil”. Kusti is means wrestling. This construction is made around 1895 by one of the great king of Kolhapur “Shau Maharaj” who was very modern in his thinking and he promoted this game with things like education and agriculture. he gets credit of building first water dam in India in 1909. This building in totally made from clay. The soil in wrestling area is specially prepaired for this game which contain lot of Aurveda medicines like turmeric, honey and many more. This soil is good for skin and wrestler from all over India taking benefit of it from last 125 years. Location: Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. (Photo and caption by Indrajit Khambe/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Girl of the Long neck tribe, Baan Tong Luang”. Picture taken at the Hill Tribe cultural preservation village in Northern Thailand, which apparently was created to preserve the old traditional ways of Hill Tribe agriculture and thereby providing an income for the Hill Tribe people from the tourist revenues. Location: Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. (Photo and caption by Vijay Aitha/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Guanjiang Shou”. 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. Location: Taichung, Taiwan. (Photo and caption by Chan Kwok Hung/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Renny Bijoux, Arctic ambassador”. Renny Bijoux, youth ambassador from the Seychelles, participating in the Greenpeace North Pole expedition. The team, most of them without any previous polar experience, skied to the North Pole and lowered a capsule 4.3 Km onto the sea bed, containing signatories to their campaign to protect the Arctic from industrial development. (Photo and caption by Christian Aslund/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Sneaky”. Egyptian children living in one of Cairo's slums pose for a photo behind a school gate. (Photo and caption by Mosa'ab Elshamy/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“The Wheel of Life”. Daily, on the banks of the River Ganges, countless Hindus bathe in the holy water, the men bare-chested and the woman wrapped in saris. With pious faces, and hands pressed together, the devotees whisper chants of prayer towards the rising sun and dip in the water three times, in accordance with Hindu custom. In the water, concentric circles emanate from the body of the believer, like ripples of reincarnation. Location: Varanasi, India. (Photo and caption by Pei-Yi Su/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Racing the Sun”. A tailor for a secondary school races against the sun to sew the last school uniform of the day. Location: Balama, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. (Photo and caption by Rafael Hernandez/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Partnership”. Spring at cape kidnappers gannet and the birds were preparing to nest after a winter at sea. The pairs of gannets were reaffirming their bonds allowing me to capture this shot of a couple of birds sharing a tender moment. Location: Cape Kidnappers, south island, New Zealand. (Photo and caption by Michael Harrop/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Ashura Mud Men”. Iranian shi'a muslim men, in trance and covered in mud, mourning during the Day of Ashura, on which shi'a muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn, grandson of Muhammad, and third shi'a imam. The mud is an important part of the local mourning ritual. Shot in the town of Bijar, Iran. (Photo and caption by Guido Dingemans/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Dance with the Fire”. Peruvian folklore dancer in the city of Cuzco, wearing a traditional carnival costume. Location: Cuzco, Peru. (Photo and caption by Dirk Kanz/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Praying With Pain”. A devotee celebrates the Catholic Good Friday in Bulacan, Philippines by whipping himself in the back. Such a ritual act of self-mortification is a cherished tradition in this predominantly Catholic country. Their faces covered for anonymity, penitents like this man perform this to signify oneness with Christ – in the hope that they, too, will one day gain entrance into heaven. (Photo and caption by Lester Ledesma/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Old Mursi woman”. Old woman by the huts of her village. Location: Marenke, Omo valley, Ethiopia. (Photo and caption by Jorge Fernandez/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Symmetry”. A worker in Lamu piles sand on a boat dock. Location: Lamu, Kenya. (Photo and caption by Robin Moore/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Broken City”. Taken from inside one of the many abandoned factories in the city, a distant view of Detroit's skyline displaying the many struggles and hardships the city has encountered. Location: Detroit, Michigan USA. (Photo and caption by Ramiro Zarate/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

“Young Hasidic Jew”. A young Hasidic Jew in Lower Manhattan, NY. (Photo and caption by Charles Meacham/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

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