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Merit Winner: The Power Of Few

Merit Winner: The Power Of Few, Rhinoceros Sanctuary | 10 Best Winners From The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015
Photo and caption by Stefane Berube

The night before this photo, we tried all day to get a good photo of the endangered white rhino. Skulking through the grass carefully, trying to stay 30 feet away to be safe, didn’t provide me the photo I was hoping for. In the morning, however, I woke up to all three rhinos grazing in front of me. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda.

 

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Merit Winner: Kushti, Indian Wrestling

Merit Winner: Kushti, Indian Wrestling | 10 Best Winners From The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015
Photo and caption by Alain Schroeder

Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. Wearing only a well-adjusted loincloth (langot), wrestlers (pelwhans) enter a pit made of clay, often mixed with salt, lemon, and ghee (clarified butter). At the end of a workout, wrestlers rest against the walls of the arena, covering their heads and bodies with earth to soak up any perspiration and avoid catching cold. This relaxation ceremony is completed with massages to soothe tired muscles and demonstrate mutual respect.

 

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Merit Winner: Catching A Duck

Merit Winner: Catching A Duck, Thailand | 10 Best Winners From The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015
Photo and caption by Sarah Wouters

Two boys are trying to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall. Nong Khai Province, Thailand.

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