2009 World in Focus Photo Contest

By Janelle Nanos

Intelligent Travel

National Geographic Traveler and Photo District News are currently hosting their annual World in Focus Photo Contest, and this year they’re letting readers preview the submissions and vote on their favorites.

Here’s one of of the featured shots from this week:


This photo, by John Tolsma, is of a Berber guide rounding up camels in the morning in the Moroccan Erg Chebbi, near the Algerian border. Tolsma has the chance to win trips (Tanzania! St. Lucia! A windjammer in Maine!), gear, and other prizes.

Click here to find out how you can enter your photo for a chance to win one of these prizes yourself.

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