20 August 2012
Last updated at 10:13
Cedric Houin of Brooklyn, New York, has won the 2012 National Geographic traveller photo contest with a photograph of a Kyrgyz woman and her daughter sewing with an old-fashioned-looking machine in a remote region of Afghanistan.
The contest received more than 12,000 images from 6,615 photographers in 152 countries. Vo Anh Kiet of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, won second place with his image of H'Mong minority children playing with balloons on a foggy day in Moc Chau, Ha Giang province.
Contestants submitted photographs in four categories: Travel portraits; outdoor scenes; sense of place and spontaneous moments. Andrea Guarneri took third place with this image of devotees during Easter celebrations in Trapani in Sicily.
Ken Thorne was awarded a merit for his photo of child walking through an ancient forest of Baobab trees near the city of Morondava, on the west coast of Madagascar.
SauKhiang Chau was also awarded a merit for this engaging image of old men wearing djellabas (loose-fitting robes), sitting talking each other in Chefchaouen, north-west Morocco.
Camila Massu's entry was of a photograph of her sister during a rainstorm. "We are sitting at home next to the fireplace in our southern lake house [in the south of Chile] when it suddenly began to pour uncontrollably. I had to rush to the lake to take this snapshot!"
Ken Bower's shot shows village of G Sadalur with the island of Mykines in the background. "It was a rare sunny day in the Faroe Islands and I had to wait until the clouds rolled in to provide some softer light. I decided to go with a long exposure (1 minute 10 seconds) to illustrate the force of the wind and a serene sea among the isolated islands."
This photograph of the Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens in Oregon, US, was submitted by Fred An. "I tried to bring a different perspective of this frequently photographed tree."
"More than 2,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas fill the plains of Bagan. Once the capital of the Pagan Empire, farmers now raise their livestock within the centuries old complex," explains photographer Peter DeMarco, of his image taken in Burma.
Lucia Griggi also received a merit award for this photographer of a surfer duck-diving his board at Cloud Break, an outer reef in Fiji.
The winner of the viewers' choice - a picture of a cabin illuminated by the Northern Lights in Finmmark, Norway - was taken by Michelle Schantz.