Editors' Update: Congratulations to Victor Lima for his winning photo of a waterfall in Goiás, Brazil—it’s the cover of National Geographic Traveler’s Best of the World issue! Read more about our first-ever member submitted cover on our blog.
We'd like to give a huge thanks to everyone who submitted photos—34,268 of them!—to the "Best of the World" Traveler cover assignment. We're proud to have been a part of Your Shot's biggest assignment ever, and we're going to have an amazing cover to show you when the December/January issue comes out in mid-November.
It seems like the assignment's most difficult challenge for you all was our requirement for a vertical orientation to fit the magazine cover format. We got many gorgeous photos that just wouldn't crop well from the horizontal. Another problem was our requirement for model releases for anyone whose face is identifiable in a photograph. It's one thing if you took a picture of your spouse or your kid—you can always get their permission. But we couldn't consider that beautiful shot you took of a stranger walking by while you were on vacation in some exotic place. We're as sorry as you are. Blame our lawyers!