TODAY | August 03, 2013
>>> saying a picture is worth a thousand words . these photos speak volumes. breathtaking shots from around the world. just a few of the finalists of the 2013 national geographic traveller photo contest .
>> carlin fox over seas the contest. good morning.
>> good morning.
>> first of all, you have a ton of entries here. i don't know how you begin to whittle down through them .
>> as we go along over the three-month process the judges pull out the best ones . they spend an afternoon figuring out oh who wins the two-week national geographic expedition.
>> readers weigh in as well. first we have the readers' choice. a fisherman in industry knee shah. what do you think it was about the picture that spoke to readers?
>> well, you know, people love pictures they can escape into. the other thing is it's a great time of day. you know, it's sunset. people want something that's not part of their every day life.
>> do you find every year the bar gets higher with the pictures, that they are absolutely spectacular and it almost surprises you.
>> what's amazing about the photo contest is it's been 25 years. every year there are photos we all go "wow" to.
>> for sure.
>> let's start with the winners now.
>> i think we are starting with the third one.
>> which was the cheetah.
>> cheetahs in kenya. this is a great photo. there is a lot happening in this photo. you will notice each person is reacting timpbt ining differently. i believe the woman in the middle is taking a selfie with the cheetah.
>> i don't know if that's advised.
>> i would be more worried about the cheetah on top of the car than taking a selfie.
>> whatever works.
>> that's a great shot.
>> next we have a picture of the night sky in utah. as a meteorologist i have never captured lightning. how do they do this?
>> the photographer hiked up to oh the runs because it is a great shot for a shot of the milky way and happened to come across a thunderstorm. we love the contrast of the warm front and purple in the back. it's a beautiful image.
>> it almost doesn't look real.
>> the winner is one that came out of a race in brazil. when you look at this, it welcome looks like a drawing.
>> like a charcoal drawing.
>> some of the best photos don't look like photos. this is great. we love the action and energy of the shot. the buildings in the background make it more than a sports picture. it's a picture about the place in brazil.
>> can i ask a silly question? were these all taken on nice cameras or are you seeing cell phone pictures that are kpet tors?
>> most are on nice cameras but cell phones are upping the game. in the next few years we'll probably see more.
>> the winner will be taking pictures on the two-week trip. not bad.
>> nothing to shoot in the galapagos.
>> on the cell phone .