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17th Annual Photo Contest Winners
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First Prize: Leng Bai

14-day trip for two to Guatemala, including Lake Atitlán and Antigua.

"Photography is a good way to dive into life, to record life," says Leng Bai, a clerk at the First Northeast Electrical Power Engineering Company in Tieling City, China, who has been taking photos for more than 20 years. He captured this shot of 80-year-old musician Zuozheng He in Yunnan Province in the city of Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most of Lijiang's residents belong to the Naxi ethnic group. He is playing traditional music on the Chinese lute. "Naxi ancient music is a precious asset to China," explains Bai. "Since today few people can play the music, I am worried about its future. That's why I wanted to use the camera to record the image." (Hasselblad 503CW, 50-80mm zoom lens, Kodak VS100 film.) Prize courtesy of the Guatemala Tourist Commission and National Geographic Traveler.

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