After considering images taken by a wealth of talented amateur photographers, our judges chose six winners in Traveler's first-ever Great Outdoors Photo Contest.
(Nikon N90x, Nikon AF 20mm lens, Aquatica Underwater Housing, Fuji Velvia film)
Grand Prize winner Hillary Atiyeh's travels have taken her from her
home in, Lyon, Oregon to Holland, Lebanon, Cambodia, and beyond. While on a
live-aboard diving trip in Indonesia photographing fish and coral,
Atiyeh snapped photos of these local children. "The kids are always the
curious ones," she says. "They were playful and I found them much more
interesting to photograph than the fish. I think they thought I was
When photographing this scene in Indonesia, Atiyeh was on the small island of Alor. The kids there make their own goggles using coconut shells, glass bottles, and rubber bands. "Alor is a very obscure place," says Atiyeh of the Indonesian island. "Rarely do [these kids] see anyone visit the island, let alone someone who can breathe underwater." She ran out of film, but stayed as long as she could to play with the curious kids. "Even though there was a language barrier, laughter is universal," she says.
Atiyeh won a seven-day trip for two to the Big Island, Hawaii, including six nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Kohala Coast, two round-trip tickets from Honolulu to Kona on Hawaiian Airlines, a Budget rental car, and one dive with Jack's Diving Locker.
Check out the rest of the winners (and their winnings) in our Photo Gallery, and sign up for our latest contest: World in Focus. (Entries are due by September 8th.) And you can polish your photography skills at one of our photo seminars, or click here for expert photo tips.