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Photo and caption by Wagner Araujo

I was in Manaus, Amazonas, during the Brazilian Aquathlon (swimming and running) championship. I photographed it from the water and my lens got completely wet, but there was so much energy in these boys that I just didn’t worry about that. —Wagner Araujo

National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren, one of this year’s judges, shares his thoughts on the first place winner:

“This photo really captures my attention because of the peak action it depicts. I love the horizontal tension caused by the main subject on his way out of the picture to the right. Classic photographic rules of composition say that you should not have subjects moving out of the frame, but this shot shows that sometimes the most exciting photo can be made by breaking the rules. I also love the body language of the main subject; he’s trying to lean forward but still holding back to get his last breath before plunging into the water. Finally, the addition of the tall buildings along the waterfront makes this more than just a sports picture; it’s also a portrait of Manaus, Brazil.”

Location: Rio Negro, Ponta Negra Beach, Manaus, Amazon, Brazil.

Winner of Traveler Photo Contest 2013.

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