Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012 [Big Picture]

After sorting through 12,000 entries submitted by 6,615 hopeful photographers from 152 countries, just 11 winning images were chosen for the 2012 National Geographic Traveler’s Photo Contest.

The winners of the 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest were announced this week, with a group of ten photos coming out on top, plus one Viewer’s Choice winner. The 11 images were chosen from more than 12,000 entries submitted by 6,615 photographers from 152 countries. All submitted photographs fit into one of four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Enjoy these incredible pictures.

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