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RUNNER-UP: Trekking in India's Thar Desert
Presenting our first Action Photography Contest winners, selected by
National Geographic photographer Bill Hatcher.
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I took this photo of my wife in the Thar Desert in western Rajasthan, India, near the border of Pakistan. We were on a three-day camel safari and had been traveling through rather scrubby desert, stopping in impossibly placed villages. Just before sunset, we arrived at this gorgeous expanse of towering dunes that stretched to the horizon. We wandered awestruck through the empty sands, overcome by the isolation and beauty.
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Jaisalmer can lead you to a camel safari operator. We chose camel man-turned-comic Sebastian with Ganesh Travels ( to organize ours. It turned out to be a good choice.

Judge's Remarks:
The soft light and serenity of the sand dunes is captured at the perfect time of day in this quiet photo of a hiker exploring the dunes.
—Bill Hatcher, photographer and author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Action & Adventure

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