2013 Photo Contest Winners

We were overwhelmed by the number of amazing travel photos submitted to our first-ever photo contest. In the end, though, these were our favorites. Check out our finalists and 5 grand-prize winners.

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masaya
masaya

masaya

Children dress up in silly costumes for celebrations honoring San Jeronimo, patron saint of the city of Masaya. They join in a dance, “El Torovenadao del pueblo,” which makes fun of Spanish conquistadors. 960 1280

© Oswaldo Rivas / Reuters  

greenpeace

greenpeace

Greenpeace activists rally outside of congress in Valparaiso city, against a new fishing law that may lead to the over-exploitation of marine resources by fishing companies along the coast of Chile. 960 1280

© Eliseo Fernandez / Reuters  

evil spirits parade

evil spirits parade

A couple in costumes and creepily-realistic gory makeup participated in the “Evil Spirits Parade” flash mob in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Halloween. 960 1280

© Ilya Naymushin / Reuters  

surfing competition

surfing competition

A man walks along the beach during the ZJ Boarding House Halloween surf contest in Santa Monica, CA. 960 1280

© Lucy Nicholson / Reuters  

chonburi race

chonburi race

Jockeys in Thailand compete during Chonburi’s annual buffalo race. The event also celebrates the rice harvest, dating back to the buffalo trade. 960 1280

© Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters  

world series

world series

San Francisco Giants fans celebrate after the baseball team won the MLB World Series against the Detroit Tigers. 960 1280

� Stephen Lam / Reuters  

raisin monday

raisin monday

St. Andrews University students in Scotland spray foam at each other for Raisin Monday. The tradition goes back to the early days of the school when new students would give seniors one pound of raisins in thanks for the senior’s help. Failure to do so would result in a dousing in the local fountain -- now replaced by a dousing with foam. 960 1280

© David Moir / Reuters  

children london

children london

Children play along the South Bank in London, trying to catch a giant bubble. 960 1280

© Stefan Wermuth / Reuters  

hurricane sandy

hurricane sandy

A young woman must paddle-board down a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Bethany Beach, DE. The hurricane left millions of people on the East Coast with massive power outages and epic flooding. 960 1280

© Jonathan Ernst / Reuters  

bodybuilding

bodybuilding

A professional bodybuilding competition in Prague brings Edward Nunn of the US to compete and flex his muscles. 960 1280

© David W Cerny / Reuters  

hurricane cabs

hurricane cabs

After Hurricane Sandy, floodwaters recede to reveal yellow cabs in Hoboken, NJ. 960 1280

Jeff Zelevansky  

isreal diamond trade

isreal diamond trade

A British trader inspects a diamond in the trading room of the Israel Diamond Exchange near Tel Aviv. Israel is the largest exporter of polished diamonds to the US. 960 1280

© NIR ELIAS / Reuters  

A visitor views some of thousands of LED lights lighting up Illuminasia, the world's biggest indoor illuminations, at Blackpool Winter Gardens on April 17, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Blackpool's latest attraction, Luminasia, is the first new attraction to open in the seaside resort for 20 years. Over 35,000 LED lights have been used to create 6 interactive illuminated worlds including Land of the Giants, a planetarium and the Wonders of the World. The illuminatons have been made by chinese artisans brought in to bring their expertise and craftsmenship to the display. Each illuminated spectacle is covered in pure silk and follows in the style of chinese lanterns. 960 1280

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images  

Penitents walk during a procession of the "La Vera-Cruz" brotherhood during Holy Week, on the Roman Bridge near the Mosque of Cordoba, southern Spain on April 14, 2014. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. 960 1280

REUTERS/Javier Barbancho   

The Nissan Sport Sedan is displayed during the 2014 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York on April 17, 2014. 960 1280

Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images  

Rockefeller Center hosts a display of over 260 unique egg sculptures as the finale of the Fabergé city-wide egg hunt on April 18, 2014 in New York City. 960 1280

Jemal Countess/Getty Images  

Britain's Prince William looks over the edge of a cliff and observes abseiling by the Mountain Youth Services group near his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, as they visit Narrow Neck Lookout in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba, west of Sydney on April 17, 2014. Prince William and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. 960 1280

REUTERS/Ryan Pierse/Pool  

2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivors Paul (C) and J.P. Norden (R) cross the finish line on the one-year anniversary of the bombings in Boston on April 15, 2014. The brothers took part in the final portion of the "Legs for Life Relay," joining family members and friends who walked the entire Marathon route to raise money for children needing prosthetic limbs. Vice President Joe Biden, other leaders and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the 3 people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. 960 1280

REUTERS/Brian Snyder   

The moon is shown in eclipse in Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, on April 15, 2014. The lunar eclipse on Tuesday will unfold over 3 hours when the moon begins moving into the Earth's shadow. A little more than an hour later, the moon will be fully eclipsed and shrouded in an orange, red or brown glow. 960 1280

REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino  

Worshippers attend prayer at the Shwedagon pagoda to celebrate Thingyan, a New Year Water festival in Yangon, Myanmar. Thingyan is similar to other new year festivities seen in Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Songkran in Thailand. 960 1280

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images  

Children play in the flower fields on April 13, 2014 in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands. The fields are in bloom early this year due to the very mild winter and tourists from all over the world flock to the so-called bulb area and the Keukenhof Flower Park to enjoy the colorful fields of blooming tulips and a wide range of other flowers. 960 1280

Michel Porro/Getty Images  

A rabbit jumps over an obstacle at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague on April 14, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. 960 1280

REUTERS/David W Cerny  

Skateboarder
Skateboarder

Skateboarder

Aaron Goodwin captured this shot of a skateboarder in a massive drainage ditch in Henderson, NV. Aaron shot with a Canon EOS 7D.
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skateboarders in a tunnel

skateboarders in a tunnel

When shooting in a tunnel, change your setting to AV (Aperture Priority), which allows you to change your F-Stop that controls your shutter speed. Your shutter speed will slow down as it gets darker. 960 1280

  

Selfie of Aaron Goodwin

Selfie of Aaron Goodwin

In this image, Aaron used a remote trigger with his iPhone to position the camera away from him and out of reach in order to get the perfect shot. 960 1280

  

underneath shot of a skateboarders board

underneath shot of a skateboarders board

When you're shooting your subject, focus on the shadow and not the person. Here, Aaron took shots from different angles to enhance the overall quality of the photo. 960 1280

  

Selfie of Aaron Goodwin

Selfie of Aaron Goodwin

Spinning on a chair creates the perfect selfie with a motion blur background. 960 1280

  

aaron goodwin captures a selfie standing next to an RV

aaron goodwin captures a selfie standing next to an RV

Aaron shoots a reflecting selfie off the side of an Airstream RV in Las Vegas. 960 1280

  

Red Rock Canyon sunset

Red Rock Canyon sunset

Aaron captures a low shot of the cactus and the sun setting over the Red Rock Canyon. 960 1280

  

Panoramic picture of Red Rock Canyon sunset

Panoramic picture of Red Rock Canyon sunset

Using a Sony Alpha NEX-7, Aaron captures a beautiful shot of the sun setting behind the Red Rock Canyon Mountains in Nevada. Originally a full-size photo, this shot was cropped into a panoramic. 960 1280

  

BLT sanwich from Hash House A Go Go

BLT sanwich from Hash House A Go Go

Aaron shoots with a Sony DSC-RX100 to capture a high shot of a classic but extremely delicious shot of a BLT sandwich at Hash House a Go Go. 960 1280

  

Chicken and waffle at Hash House A Go Go

Chicken and waffle at Hash House A Go Go

Using natural light and different angels, Aaron captures a tasty shot of Hash House A Go Go’s Chicken and Waffles. Be creative when you shoot (i.e. from the side, at an angle). The shot doesn’t always have to be head-on. 960 1280

  

Chicken and Waffles with a colorful drink

Chicken and Waffles with a colorful drink

Adding color to a muted photo -- in this case, a colorful drink -- accentuates the photo. 960 1280

  

Lou Ruvo building in Nevada

Lou Ruvo building in Nevada

Using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Aaron takes the perfect shot of Lou Ruvo. When taking architectural shots, take advantage of the sun setting to capture a cool sun flare on the building. Aaron chooses to focus on the various lines on the outside of the building, rather than the entire building. 960 1280

  

Vertical shot of the inside of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Vertical shot of the inside of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

A vertical shot of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, designed by Frank Gehry. While shooting, Aaron used a series of settings. In post/edit mode, the 3 shots were merged together to create the perfect shot, as pictured here. 960 1280

  

Photos

Horse Guards Parade, London

Horse Guards Parade, London

The Olympic spirit is alive and well at Horse Guards Parade where men in Union Jack bodysuits pose with a beach volleyball spectator. 960 1280

REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo   

Aare River, Switzerland

Aare River, Switzerland

During a world-record attempt on the Aare River between the villages of Kiesen and Bern in Switzerland, 1,500 participants attempt to row together in rubber dinghies across a distance of 9.9 miles. 960 1280

REUTERS/Thomas Hodel   

Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Castel Gandolfo, Italy

Pope Benedict XVI attends a concert by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo in Italy. 960 1280

REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Pool   

CitiField in New York

CitiField in New York

New York Mets mascot "Mr. Met" unveils the 2013 All-Star Game logo, which was newly mounted in the outfield stands at Citi Field stadium in New York. 960 1280

REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine  

"Kiss-in" Protest

"Kiss-in" Protest

A couple kisses on national "kiss-in" day at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hollywood, CA. The nationwide event was held by gay rights activists to protest the fast-food chain president's opposition to gay marriage. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn   

Women's 1500m Semifinals at the London Olympic Games

Women's 1500m Semifinals at the London Olympic Games

Morgan Uceny of the US and Ekaterina Kostetskaya of Russia lead the pack in the women's 1500-meter semifinals of at the London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. 960 1280

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images  

A performer walks down a staircase at Scotland’s 65th annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. 960 1280

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images  

Canal Parade, Amsterdam

Canal Parade, Amsterdam

The boats of the Canal Parade pass through the canals of Amsterdam as the highlight of the city’s annual gay pride parade. 960 1280

REUTERS/Paul Vreeker/United Photos   

Cyclists in Athens

Cyclists in Athens

With Greece in economic crisis, more people are taking to cycling for their commute, as can be seen in this weekly massive cycle ride in front of parliament and around the suburbs of Athens. 960 1280

REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis  

Sonja Basic of Croatia shoots while defended by Begona Fernandez Molinos of Spain during the women's quarterfinal match in handball during the London Olympic Games at the Copper Box arena. 960 1280

Jeff Gross/Getty Images  

Minsk, Belarus

Minsk, Belarus

A man takes a shower during a recreational sporting competition near the village of Pleshchenitsy, 44 miles northeast of Minsk, Belarus. An estimated 200 participants from neighboring countries took part in the weekend event, which featured biking and water-sporting activities. 960 1280

REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko   

Westminster Abbey in London

Westminster Abbey in London

A group of dancers from the Peca Brazil Arts Company entertain the crowds on the grounds of Westminster Abbey in London. 960 1280

Oli Scarff/Getty Images  

El Ajusco, Mexico

El Ajusco, Mexico

A man dressed as a zombie takes part in the "Run for Your Lives" 4K obstacle course race in El Ajusco, on the southern outskirts of Mexico City. 960 1280

REUTERS/Henry Romero   

2012 Teen Masters Bowling Championship

2012 Teen Masters Bowling Championship

Ashley Dunn bowls in the 2012 Teen Masters Bowling Championship in Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The championship is only the second time in history that Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall has hosted a bowling alley event. 960 1280

Mario Tama/Getty Images  

Men's Decathlon Long-jump

Men's Decathlon Long-jump

South Africa's Willem Coertzen competes in the men's decathlon long-jump event at the London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. 960 1280

REUTERS/Phil Noble   

Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago

Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago

Brian Fallon and Alex Levine of Gaslight Anthem perform during Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago. 960 1280

Theo Wargo/Getty Images  

Ladies’ Day race at Kempton Racetrack

Ladies’ Day race at Kempton Racetrack

Darren Egan riding Attraction Ticket wins the Ladies’ Day race at Kempton racetrack in Sunbury, England. Ladies’ Day is a stylish annual event giving racegoers the opportunity to dress to impress. 960 1280

Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images  

Queen Elizabeth II hosts a Garden Party

Queen Elizabeth II hosts a Garden Party

Guests talk as Queen Elizabeth II hosts a Garden Party at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, officially ending her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. 960 1280

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images  

masaya

masaya

Children dress up in silly costumes for celebrations honoring San Jeronimo, patron saint of the city of Masaya. They join in a dance, “El Torovenadao del pueblo,” which makes fun of Spanish conquistadors. 960 1280

© Oswaldo Rivas / Reuters  

greenpeace

greenpeace

Greenpeace activists rally outside of congress in Valparaiso city, against a new fishing law that may lead to the over-exploitation of marine resources by fishing companies along the coast of Chile. 960 1280

© Eliseo Fernandez / Reuters  

evil spirits parade

evil spirits parade

A couple in costumes and creepily-realistic gory makeup participated in the “Evil Spirits Parade” flash mob in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Halloween. 960 1280

© Ilya Naymushin / Reuters  

surfing competition

surfing competition

A man walks along the beach during the ZJ Boarding House Halloween surf contest in Santa Monica, CA. 960 1280

© Lucy Nicholson / Reuters  

chonburi race

chonburi race

Jockeys in Thailand compete during Chonburi’s annual buffalo race. The event also celebrates the rice harvest, dating back to the buffalo trade. 960 1280

© Chaiwat Subprasom / Reuters  

world series

world series

San Francisco Giants fans celebrate after the baseball team won the MLB World Series against the Detroit Tigers. 960 1280

� Stephen Lam / Reuters  

raisin monday

raisin monday

St. Andrews University students in Scotland spray foam at each other for Raisin Monday. The tradition goes back to the early days of the school when new students would give seniors one pound of raisins in thanks for the senior’s help. Failure to do so would result in a dousing in the local fountain -- now replaced by a dousing with foam. 960 1280

© David Moir / Reuters  

children london

children london

Children play along the South Bank in London, trying to catch a giant bubble. 960 1280

© Stefan Wermuth / Reuters  

hurricane sandy

hurricane sandy

A young woman must paddle-board down a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Bethany Beach, DE. The hurricane left millions of people on the East Coast with massive power outages and epic flooding. 960 1280

© Jonathan Ernst / Reuters  

bodybuilding

bodybuilding

A professional bodybuilding competition in Prague brings Edward Nunn of the US to compete and flex his muscles. 960 1280

© David W Cerny / Reuters  

hurricane cabs

hurricane cabs

After Hurricane Sandy, floodwaters recede to reveal yellow cabs in Hoboken, NJ. 960 1280

Jeff Zelevansky  

isreal diamond trade

isreal diamond trade

A British trader inspects a diamond in the trading room of the Israel Diamond Exchange near Tel Aviv. Israel is the largest exporter of polished diamonds to the US. 960 1280

© NIR ELIAS / Reuters  

A visitor views some of thousands of LED lights lighting up Illuminasia, the world's biggest indoor illuminations, at Blackpool Winter Gardens on April 17, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Blackpool's latest attraction, Luminasia, is the first new attraction to open in the seaside resort for 20 years. Over 35,000 LED lights have been used to create 6 interactive illuminated worlds including Land of the Giants, a planetarium and the Wonders of the World. The illuminatons have been made by chinese artisans brought in to bring their expertise and craftsmenship to the display. Each illuminated spectacle is covered in pure silk and follows in the style of chinese lanterns. 960 1280

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images  

Penitents walk during a procession of the "La Vera-Cruz" brotherhood during Holy Week, on the Roman Bridge near the Mosque of Cordoba, southern Spain on April 14, 2014. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. 960 1280

REUTERS/Javier Barbancho   

The Nissan Sport Sedan is displayed during the 2014 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York on April 17, 2014. 960 1280

Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images  

Rockefeller Center hosts a display of over 260 unique egg sculptures as the finale of the Fabergé city-wide egg hunt on April 18, 2014 in New York City. 960 1280

Jemal Countess/Getty Images  

Britain's Prince William looks over the edge of a cliff and observes abseiling by the Mountain Youth Services group near his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, as they visit Narrow Neck Lookout in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba, west of Sydney on April 17, 2014. Prince William and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. 960 1280

REUTERS/Ryan Pierse/Pool  

2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivors Paul (C) and J.P. Norden (R) cross the finish line on the one-year anniversary of the bombings in Boston on April 15, 2014. The brothers took part in the final portion of the "Legs for Life Relay," joining family members and friends who walked the entire Marathon route to raise money for children needing prosthetic limbs. Vice President Joe Biden, other leaders and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the 3 people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. 960 1280

REUTERS/Brian Snyder   

The moon is shown in eclipse in Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, on April 15, 2014. The lunar eclipse on Tuesday will unfold over 3 hours when the moon begins moving into the Earth's shadow. A little more than an hour later, the moon will be fully eclipsed and shrouded in an orange, red or brown glow. 960 1280

REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino  

Worshippers attend prayer at the Shwedagon pagoda to celebrate Thingyan, a New Year Water festival in Yangon, Myanmar. Thingyan is similar to other new year festivities seen in Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Songkran in Thailand. 960 1280

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images  

Children play in the flower fields on April 13, 2014 in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands. The fields are in bloom early this year due to the very mild winter and tourists from all over the world flock to the so-called bulb area and the Keukenhof Flower Park to enjoy the colorful fields of blooming tulips and a wide range of other flowers. 960 1280

Michel Porro/Getty Images  

A rabbit jumps over an obstacle at the traditional Easter market at the Old Town Square in Prague on April 14, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. 960 1280

REUTERS/David W Cerny