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What is adventure? It is the physical manifestation of the human spirit. We celebrate it here. Meet the 2014 Adventurers of the Year.

For nine years, National Geographic has combed the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her extraordinary commitment to exploration, adventure sports, conservation, and humanitarianism. Each embodies a unique spirit of adventure. Click on a candidate's picture to access in-depth profiles.

Vote every day for the People's Choice Adventurer of the Year until January 31, 2014. We will announce the winner in February 2014.