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Homesick for the Catskills resorts of her childhood, the photographer Marisa Scheinfeld returned to the bastions of her past as a trespasser and archaeologist.

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The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is in full swing. The entry deadline has been extended until July 11. The four categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Last year's contest drew nearly 13,000 images from all over the world. The pictures are as diverse as their authors, capturing an assortment of people, places and wildlife - everything that makes traveling so memorable, evoking a sense of delight and discovery. The following post includes a small sampling of the entrant's work, taken from the editor's picks in each of the categories. (The captions are written by the entrants, some slightly corrected for readability.) And for fun, take a look back at the winners from 2011 at National Geographic Traveler. -- Paula Nelson (54 photos total)
SPONTANEOUS MOMENTS - Marrakech Traveler: It was mid-morning and he must have wanted to ride into the light. I was shooting for the ABC TV show Born to Explore when I snapped this photo. (John Barnhardt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

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TEDxMacatawa -- Jonathan Williams - fight digital isolation

Jonathan Williams is the content editor for The Elemental Project, a digital publishing company that showcases positive news and innovative philanthropy. He was born and raised in West Michigan and currently resides in Grand Rapids. He spent his twenties on the West Coast operating an electrical contracting company and is currently the manager of a Commercial Truck department for Ford. He is an ardent lover of literature, film, spontaneous travel, and entrepreneurial ventures. He was educated on the streets and is forever learning from strong relationships and uncommon life experiences. 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 organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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Released in 2001, Collage is the most recent treasure from the Danny Minnick vault. Collage stays true to its title, featuring a boat-load of skaters captured by Minnick over the past several years in plenty of West Coast locations. The terrain varies greatly, with pools, vert, transitions, parks, ditches and street. On skateboards in order of appearance Mike Chin, Rob Welsh, AVE, Fred Gall, Danny Way, Briad Hord, Ryan Stangland, Lavar McBride, Danny Gonzales, Kareem Campbell, Javier Nunez, Eric Pupecki, Steven Cales, Kein Lieu aka Donger, Pat Duffy, Clyde Singleton, John Reeves, Jason Carney, Daewon Song, Pat Washington, Willy Santos, Mike York, Eric Koston, Christian Hosoi & Rune Glifberg.

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“West Coast” • Coconut Records

Music video for Coconut Records “West Coast” featuring Mark Gonzales.

Oldie but a goodie.

How rad would have it been to see a one man Gonz demo. He’s wearing a fencing kit! 

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