Nearly 22,000 entries poured into National Geographic Traveler’s Your Shot photo assignment to document the greatest adventures on the planet.
The winning image frames an idyllic sunrise scene on Siargao Island in the Philippines. Marketa Kynclova and Matt Field, from Perth, Australia, were exploring the island interior when they encountered young locals leaping into the Maasin River from a rope swing. They happily joined in, leading to a fast friendship. “We wanted to keep this moment alive forever,” Matt says, and the next day they rose before dawn to get the shot.
Anne Farrar, director of photography, loves the photo’s sense of adventure. “It feels like the beginning of an epic journey,” she says.
See more of our editors’ favorite entries in the gallery.
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