The grand-prize winner of National Geographic's 2012 Traveler Photo Contest was announced yesterday. Cédric Houin of Brooklyn, N.Y won a 10-day Galápagos Photography Expedition for two with National Geographic Expeditions. View a gallery of the three winning photographs along with seven merit winners and the Viewers Choice winners here.
First Place Winner: Butterfly by Cedric Houin
This image was shot in the Kyrgyz lands of the Wakhan Corridor. The intimacy of this everyday life moment, shot inside of a family yurt, is in total contrast with the harsh environment these nomadic tribes live in. On the right we notice a television and a sound console. These tribes live weeks away from any village by foot. In spite of being located at an altitude of 4,300 meters in one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan they are equipped with solar panels, satellite dishes and cellphones. Ancestral ways of living, with touches of modernity.
Second Place Winner: My Balloon by Vo Anh Kiet
H'Mong minority children were playing their ballons on the foggy day in Moc Chau - Ha Giang province Viet Nam Shooting time Jan 2012.
Third Place Winner: Devotees by Andrea Guarneri
During the Easter holy celebration called ìMisteriî (mistery) in Trapani, the devotees carry the scenes of Christís passion on their shoulders all night long. When the day comes they take a break.