The 2012 edition of annual competition and submissions section of National Geographic has announced its splendid winners of Traveler Photo Contest. Eleven pictures were selected from among 12,000 entries taken by 6,615 photographers in 152 countries around the globe. The contest’s top prize went to French visual artist and photographer Cedric Houin for his image titled Butterfly shot in the Kyrgyz lands of the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan.
Houin’s picture features inside of a family yurt that is in total contrast with the harsh environment these nomadic tribes live in.While the tribes live weeks away from any village by foot, they are equipped with solar panels, satellite dishes and cell phones. The photo represents a blend where tradition meets modernity at an altitude of 4,300 meters in one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan. The second prize went to Vo Anh Kiet of Vietnam, whose photograph showed children playing with balloons. The photo of the third place photographer, Andrea Guarneri, depicted Easter celebrations in the picturesque environs of Sicily in Italy. The photographs were judged on creativity and photographic quality, by a panel including National Geographic contributing photographer Alexandra Avakian. The winners are awarded with prizes ranging from the chance to go on a photography expedition on the legendary Galapagos Islands to gift certificates from B&H Photography. FGP/PKH