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The time to enter the 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is running short -- entries will be accepted for another few days, until June 30, 2013. The first prize winner will receive a 10-day Galapagos expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the later entries with you here, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Photos and captions by the photographers. Also, be sure to see Part 1, earlier on In Focus. [46 photos]

From the 'Sense of Place' category, a couple paddle out for a sunset surf in the coastal surfing town of Byron Bay, Australia. (© Ming Nomchong/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)     

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Simple and efficient, rail travel nonetheless inspires a sense of romance. By train, subway, and a seemingly endless variety of trams, trolleys, and coal shaft cars, we've moved on rails for hundreds of years. Industry too relies on the billions of tons of freight moved annually by rolling stock. Gathered here are images of rails in our lives, the third post in an occasional series on transport, following Automobiles and Pedal power. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)
An employee adjusts a CRH380B high-speed Harmony bullet train as it stops for an examination during a test run at a bullet train exam and repair center in Shenyang, China on October 23, 2012. (Stringer/Reuters)     

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Our Future as a Maritime Power: Leticia Shahani at TEDxDiliman

Dr Leticia Shahani always wanted to be a teacher, and worked as a professor at the University of the Philippines, Queens Borough Community College, New York, Brooklyn College, and New School for Social Research. She also became the dean of the Graduate School at Lyceum of the Philippines. She joined the foreign service and became part of the United Nations Secretariat's advocacy on women's issues until she became the head of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She served as our ambassador to Romania and Australia, and was also posted as Secretary-General of the World Conference on the UN Decade of Women in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985. After the 1986 EDSA Revolution, Shahani returned to the Philippines, and became an "accidental politician". She won the senatorial seat in 1987, championing legislation particularly important to women, the youth, farmers, the Philippine foreign service, and arts and culture. Today, in addition to serving on several think tanks and advising the government on various issues, including the law of the sea, Sen. Shahani is a farmer working to improve the lives of fellow farmers in Pangasinan. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently <b>...</b>
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