The winners were just announced for the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012. Lens Culture is pleased to present a high-resolution slideshow of all winning photographs this year. Below is a preview of some of our favorites:
Near the city of Morondava, on the West coast of Madagascar lies an ancient forest of Baobab trees. Unique to Madagascar, the endemic species is sacred to the Malagasy people, and rightly so. Walking amongst these giants is like nothing else on this planet. Some of the trees here are over a thousand years old. It is a spiritual place, almost magical.
My sister in the south of Chile. We are sitting at home next to the fireplace in our
southern lake house when it suddenly began to pour uncontrollably. Had to rush into the lake to take this snapshot!
This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens. I tried to bring a different perspective of this frequently photographed tree.
Taken at Cloud Break at an outer reef in Fiji, a surfer duck dives his board to clear the rolling waves of the raw ocean.
A lonely cabin is illuminated under the Northern Lights in Finmmark, Norway.
Congratulations to all the winners! For more information about the contest and winners, see the National Geographic website. And don’t forget to appreciate all the winners in Lens Culture’s high-resolution slideshow!