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Congratulations to Our 2013 Traveler Photo Contest Winners!

This year, we received thousands of Photo Contest entries, representing countries all around the world. Our winners from among this very difficult selection appear below. Congratulations to all of our winners—and thanks to everyone who entered our 2013 contest.

We’ve also included comments from Photo Manager Meredith Gausch, to give you a sense of what our judges look for when reviewing the submissions. Read more tips from Meredith and her staff on how to take a prize-winning photo »

Grand Prize Winner—FREE Grand Circle vacation for two

Cindy Hummel, 13-time traveler
Billings, Montana

In the Camargue region of Southern France, a farmer tends to his horses—a prized breed found exclusively in this region—during our Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d’Azur vacation.

Comments from the Judges: This special moment is captured beautifully with great composition and framing: the four horses are leading lines that draw your eye to the center of the photo. The colors also work very well, with the black hat surrounded by white horses, accented by splashes of red and green.

Best in Category (Landmark)

$300 Travel Certificate

Ann O’Hagan, 26-time traveler
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Budapest’s Parliament is framed by an archway at Fisherman’s Bastion—capturing two landmarks in one photo—during our Eastern Europe to the Black Sea vacation.

Comments from the Judges:The photographer took the time to find a unique point of view—this is what makes a great photo. The framing and use of multiple planes give a sense of depth, and we see a lot of detail in the architecture.

Best in Category (Nature)

$300 Travel Certificate

Paul Kaplan, 8-time traveler
Phoenix, Arizona

A Gentoo penguin takes a flying leap into icy waters during our Antarctica’s White Wilderness vacation.

Comments from the Judges: Wow! If this shot were taken just a second or two later, it would have lost its impact. We love the texture of the water and droplets in the air. This photo demonstrates the importance of timing, and being in the right place at the right time.

Best in Category (Local)

$300 Travel Certificate

Merrill Heit, first-time traveler
Massapequa Park, New York

Amidst the iconic wooden structures of Kizhi Island, a local woman looks up from her crafting and shares a smile during our Russia Revealed vacation.

Comments from the Judges: The photographer waited until this woman was comfortable and relaxed. As a result, her expression is sweet, welcoming, and lovely. This, combined with the beautiful lighting, places you right there.

Best in Category (Travelers)

$300 Travel Certificate

Steve Malay, 4-time traveler
Cape Carteret, North Carolina

A Grand Circle traveler delights local schoolchildren with her digital camera during our China & the Yangtze River vacation.

Comments from the Judges: This photo perfectly captures what traveling with Grand Circle is all about. It shows excitement and enthusiasm for connecting with people—and we love that the kids are as excited as she is.

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