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Let's See What Develops In National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the milky way and magellanic clouds. Deadveli means "dead marsh." The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old, but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.

Okay, so maybe it was the photo of the painted goat that first caught our eye. (After all, we are "Goats and Soda").

But there are many other gems from the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

The judges looked at 18,000 photographs and picked the top ten. Many of the photos — the winners and other submissions — focus on places that we cover in this blog, countries that are part of what's known as the "developing world" or the "low-and-middle income world." As the images show, those adjectives are far too limiting.

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