Brittany Brothers photographed herself at Iguazú Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Water flow was heavy due to recent rainfall, and most in the tour group were afraid to walk out to stand beside the thundering falls. Not Brothers. “I snapped this picture mid-run back to the trail after being completely drenched—even that poncho couldn’t keep the water out,” she says. Back at the hotel, Brothers plugged her camera into a computer to view the photos. “This picture instantly brought back the moment.” (GoPro Standard Def Wide HERO digital camera in waterproof housing, 170-degree lens, exposure at 1/13 second, f/3.6)
For the fifth year, Traveler paired its photo contest with that of Photo District News, an award-winning magazine for professional photographers. More than 3,700 avid amateur photographers entered nearly 11,000 images in the 2010 World in Focus competition—our 22nd annual contest. The pictures captured an assortment of the places, wildlife, and people that make our travels memorable, evoking a sense of delight or discovery—or both.