Mr. Huang Yue Chuang (Photo and caption by Andrey Pavlov/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) This photo was taken on the bank of Li-River close to Xingping fishing village. Mr. Huang and his four brothers are from the last fishermen that still keep the tradition of fishing using specially trained cormorants. In recent days, this ancient technique has transformed into a tourist attraction and a source of income for Mr. Huang, who desperately needs funds for buying medicines for his sick wife. Boy monk with gun (Photo and caption by Joyce Le Mesurier/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) At the annual Ananda Harvest Festival in Bagan, Myanmar, thousands of monks from all over Myanmar came to receive alms. While walking around the vast temple grounds, I chanced upon this boy monk who was playing with his toy gun. Even though it was only a toy gun, I found this image a disturbing juxtaposition of the peace that Buddhism embodies and the violence that guns symbolise. Children of Kibera (Photo and caption by Cynthia MacDonald/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) Kibera is located just outside of Nairobi and is the largest slum in Africa with over a million people. It is built on piles and piles of garbage which is painfully obvious while walking the streets. Happily Captured (Photo and caption by Michael Siy/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) Exploring Sa Pa village their way of living, their traditional colorful clothing, i was able to capture this three H'Mong kids playing outside their house. Lavender Fields Forever (Photo and caption by Jennifer Holmes Beamer/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) While traveling through Tasmania, we took a detour to find this spectacular lavender field. After a soothing meander among endless fields of fragrant lavender we were ready for a nap in the red soil. Left or right? (Photo and caption by Thomas Pieters/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) 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. The Innocence of Love and Peace (Photo and caption by Kim Hino/ National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) The children in the remote villa of Kong Lo in Laos were simply beautiful in the innocence of their smiles and curiousity for these strangers among them, that after playing about in a pile of hay, they were even more comfortable in front of the camera and their true spirit in what I experienced in the simplicity that they enjoyed around them and shared with me came through. The symbolism in there chosen pose here speak volumes to me. to learn. 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Now in its 25th year, the National Geographic Travel Photo Contest inspires lush and evocative images from around the globe. See some examples of the entrants from 2013 -- the photo captions are written by the photographers.
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