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18th Annual Photo Contest Winners
2006 World In Focus Contest
Photo: Meerkats in the Kalahari Desert
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Merit Prize: Ralph Thompson, Westmount, Quebec

Nikon Coolpix S-Series Camera and a Bogen National Geographic Photo Package

Ralph Thompson worked in the aviation industry his whole life. Before he retired, Thompson went on a business trip to Cape Town, and he and his wife took a two-week African safari. He snapped this photo of meerkats during their stay at Jack's Camp, in the Kalahari Desert. "We arrived at the meerkat den, a maze of underground tunnels, just before sunrise," says Thompson. "The meerkats scrambled out of their holes as it got light. Because of predators, one meerkat always acts as the sentry. At the moment I took this photograph, the sentry had just twisted its head around to check me out." (Nikon D70 digital camera, 80-400mm lens) Bogen Prize Package includes National Geographic Tundra Monopod, National Geographic Tundra Tripod with three-way head, and Earth Explorer Medium Shoulder Bag.

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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