WASHINGTON (Nov. 1, 2012)—National Geographic announced today the start of online voting for its annual People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year contest. The nominees for 2013 are 10 adventure innovators whose extraordinary achievement in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism and adventure sports have distinguished them in the past year. Fans can go to http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2013/ to vote every day for their favorite nominee. The adventurer with the most votes on Jan. 16, 2013, will be the 2013 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year.
This year’s nominees include a surfer who rides giant waves; a skier who landed the first sit-ski backflip; a mountain biker who pedaled across cultural boundaries; and a BASE jumper who jumped from space. The 10 nominees are:
- Felix Baumgartner — Austrian BASE jumper
- Josh Dueck — Canadian skier
- Steve Fisher — South African kayaker
- Shannon Galpin — American humanitarian
- Lizzy Hawker — British ultrarunner
- Jeremy Jones — American snowboarder
- David Lama — Austrian climber
- Mike Libecki — American explorer
- Ramon Navarro — Chilean surfer
- Renan Ozturk — American artist
“This is the eighth year that National Geographic has combed the globe to find people who have pioneered innovation in the world of adventure. This year’s Adventurer of the Year nominees have pushed the boundaries of exploration and adventure,” said Mary Anne Potts, editor of National Geographic Adventure online.
To learn more about each adventurer through photos, interviews and a video and to vote every day for the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year, go to http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2013/.
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