National Geographic 2010 Grand Prize Winning Photograph
I always love it when I get my National Geographic calendar for Christmas every year. The photography is breath taking. Here is a story about the top three winners from 16,000 entries for this year’s photography contest.
“Grand Prize Winner and Nature Winner
Photo and caption by Lim Boon Teck , Aaron
A canceled trek turned into the opportunity of a lifetime for photographer Aaron Lim Boon Teck, who captured an active Indonesian volcano in his image "Eruption of Gunung Rinjani."
"Trekkers [who] were able to make it up to the crater rim on time [were] able to camp overnight to witness the eruption [the] whole night long," Boon Teck, of Singapore, wrote with his submission to the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest. "I wanted to share with everyone this experience of seeing many elements going on at a particular point in time."
Freelance photographer and contest judge Joel Sartore said, "This image best represented the craft of photography. Not only is the light subtle and beautiful, and not only is it a lovely scene, but there's a volcanic eruption going on in the background."
National Geographic magazine senior photo editor and judge Sadie Quarrier noted that combining multiple images into one stitched image "gives us a wide, powerful, and unique view."”
If you can envision yourself as a potential prize winning photographer, check this out.
“THE 2010 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Thank you for sharing your vision of the world with us. Of the more than 16,000 photographs submitted from around the globe, 3 earned top honors in the people, places, and nature categories. (The grand-prize-winning photograph also won the nature category.)
The 2010 Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000—the first monetary prize ever offered by National Geographic magazine for its annual photo contest—and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2011. Keep an eye on the National Geographic magazine website for details on 2011’s contest, to be posted next August.”