Taking 1st Place in the Nature category and the $10,000 Grand Prize of the competition was Reiko Takahashi, whose image “Mermaid” beautifully features a humpback whale calf near Japan’s Kumejima Island.
You can see all entries across three categories – Nature, Cities, and People – on the National Geographic contest entries page. Here are the winning photographers in each category, plus the People’s Choice selections.
Be sure to check out all of the amazing photos, including the Honorable Mentions and all the People’s Choice selections. And, if you have a favorite and want to have it as your desktop or phone background, you can download wallpaper images!
Jen is Editor of PHLEARN Magazine, where she helps shape inspiring stories and handy tips for aspiring and seasoned photographers. She has worked as a photography writer for many years, contributing to numerous industry-leading publications. Proudly Canadian, wannabe globetrotter, self-taught photographer, Jen is temporarily settled in Spain.
Most of us have never heard of sleep paralysis before, but it is a terrifying condition Nicolas Bruno has had to live with since he was 15. The artist talks about the affliction and how bringing his nightmares to life through photography is therapeutic.
What’s needed to capture the different elements that will ultimately make up an artistic, realistic composite? Mario Olvera Molinar, a true master of the composite, gives us a breakdown of what’s in his camera bag and how he uses each piece of gear.
Christopher Soukup creates images with a distinct cinematic quality, particularly his dark and moody night shots. He looks for nostalgic scenes and often shoots on film. Here, he explains how he captured this soft, moody vintage shot.
Heiko Hellwig talks about the impacts of our technology-driven world and using art to open people’s minds. His Silicon Cities series uses computer motherboards, microchips and other electronic entrails to inspire people to think about a digitized future.
These photos cover a variety of historical incidents and required the ideal timing, perfect composition, iconic and stirring moments that could just have easily been missed if a vigilant photographer wasn’t present. They each tell a powerful story that continues to have meaning well into the present.
How much equipment is too much? How much is not enough? For this special In the Bag feature, commercial and ad photographer Lisa Saad gives us an in-depth breakdown of the wide range of gear she uses and explains the benefits of each.
As a wildlife photographer, Ray Hennessy’s goal is to create and share a beautiful, creative and unique photo. Here, Ray tells us how he came across and managed to capture this perfectly glowing shot of a loon on a foggy lake.
We talk to wilderness landscape photographer Josh Cripps about how to visit and photograph the world’s most picturesque locations without causing lasting damage to the landscape and how we can all minimize our environmental impact.