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WINNER: Kayak Surfing Baja's Sea of Cortez
Presenting our first Action Photography Contest winners, selected by
National Geographic photographer Bill Hatcher.
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The third day of our sea kayaking trip near Loreto, in Baja California, dawned serenely. Our lead guide, Nadia, scrambled to the top of a small cliff and scanned the horizon anxiously. "We're not going," she announced, "the wind will pick up and it will be too rough." By mid-morning the wind was howling, and we were officially landlocked.

Undaunted, our assistant guide, Vladimir (pictured), decided to try some kayak surfing. He kept us well entertained as he sliced through the breakers and
occasionally rolled in the shallows. Here, he paddles out to catch the next big one.
—Reader Cathy Seekins, 44
Certified Public Accountant
Colchester, Connecticut

DIY: I had a great experience with the guides from Paddling South ( Our group of ten adventurers and three guides launched from Puerto Escondido and paddled south for the next six days. Highlights from the trip include: learning how to anchor a tent in beach sand; marveling at bioluminescent waves; soaking in the hot springs near Punta El Carrizalito; and kayaking in the shadows of the Sierra Gigantes.

Judge's Remarks:

This photo has great composition and tells a story as well. The good morning light, the water spray, and the bow jutting out of the water enhances the moment the kayaker breaks through the ocean surf. Catching the right moment is the challenge of action photography.
—Bill Hatcher, photographer and author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Action & Adventure

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