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18th Annual Photo Contest Winners
2006 World In Focus Contest
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First Place: Jay Dunn, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China

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Jay Dunn, an educational consultant, lives in China with his wife, Zhao Ting Ting. The couple recently traveled to India for their honeymoon. Dunn took this photograph of a pilgrim's hands in the holy city of Nashik, in Maharashtra. "On a cool December morning, I was drawn to this old man sitting quietly by the water," says Dunn. "His hands were so expressive in the soft morning light." Every year, thousands of pilgrims travel to Nashik—on the banks of the Godavari River—to perform a ritual cleansing. "In my photography, I look for the dignity of people no matter what their circumstances," says Dunn. "I've spent almost six years in Asia, searching for moments like these, visions, as it were, that not only speak for themselves, but also to something greater, to our common humanity, and to the dreams everyone has of something better." (Nikon D70s digital camera, 28-300mm zoom lens) Prize courtesy of Tahiti Legends, Air Tahiti Nui, and Intercontinental Resorts.

This year's 18th annual photo contest received nearly 15,000 entries, up from some 10,000 last year. Start polishing your skills early with one of Traveler's photo seminars and look for the announcement of our next contest in May 2007.

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