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Vote for the Adventurers of the Year!

For a decade, National Geographic has spun the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her remarkable achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, and humanitarianism. This year's honorees embody the spirit of adventure in diverse ways—an exploratory surfer seeking the world's most remote waves; paragliders pushing the boundaries of their sport; an activist challenging the status quo; filmmakers using art to drive conservation; blind kayakers redefining what's possible; and five more feats. Get to know them in photos and in-depth profiles. Then vote every day for the People's Choice Adventurer of the Year.

To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we will also be sharing updates on many of our past Adventurers of the Year, who are all pushing the limits of what's possible in different ways. Browse the past winners.

The Year's Boldest Feats

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    Meet the Adventurers

    From a world-class ski mountaineer using her passion to better understand the planet to a 67-year-old kayaker proving that grit is more powerful than youth, these adventurers are dedicated to their dreams. Read the interviews.

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    Vote for the People's Choice!

    Who will be the next People's Choice Adventurer of the Year? You decide. Vote every day for the person you think most embodies the spirit of adventure. Voting ends January 31, 2015.

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    Photos: Adventurers in Action

    A rock climber's visionary alpine traverse; a swimmer's plunge into the health of the world's seas; a mountaineer's lightning-fast solo ascent; and more. See photos of the honorees in action.