In calitate de lider al infatisarii lumii in imagini splendide, National Geographic seteaza standardele pentru excelenta in fotografie. Candidatii de anul acesta nu au dezamagit – mai mult de 20.000 de fotografii au fost inscrise in concurs din peste 130 de tari, participand atat fotografi amatori cat si profesionisti de pe tot globul. Fotografiile au fost inscrise in trei categorii: oameni, locuri, si natura.
Pe baza creativitatii si calitatii fotografice, un grup de experti a ales un castigator al fiecare-i categorii. Dintre cei trei castigatori ai categoriilor, a fost ales marele castigator. Juriul concursului de anul acesta a fost alcatuit din fotografii National Geographic Tim Laman, Amy Toensing, si Peter Essick.
Marele castigator va primi 10.000 $ si o excursie la sediul National Geographic din Washington D.C.
Iata castigatorii: (primul este marele castigator al concursului)
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A sudden rainstorm left Goh with a tough decision: Get his camera wet, or take advantage of the „superb lighting,” he wrote with his submission to the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest.
He took the picture, resulting in a „very striking macrophotography image that rose to the top of the nature category for me because of its originality, beautiful light, rare action in a close-up image, as well as its technical perfection,” said Tim Laman, one of three National Geographic magazine photographers who judged the contest.
„You can almost feel the dragonfly’s experience of bracing itself against the weather,” said judge Amy Toensing. „When I look at it, I want to say, Hold on tight little buddy!”
The insect’s plight also appealed to judge Peter Essick, who said the photograph gives the dragonfly a „character us humans can relate to.”
„It’s rare indeed to see a photograph that causes the viewer to feel a bond with a member of the animal world seemingly,” Essick said, „but maybe not, so unlike our own.”
Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia
In „The Fjellman Family,” photographer Izabelle Nordfjell caught a moment that’s both „real and mysterious at the same time,” according to judge Amy Toensing.
Noted judge Peter Essick, „In the Sami culture, these events are repeated many times every year, even though they are never quite the same. However, by using a careful composition and skillful timing, the photographer made this one encounter with a Sami hunter memorable.”
Judge Tim Laman added the picture had all the elements of a true photojournalistic image.
Arjeplog, Lappland, Sweden
Once a year, Formosa fishermen’s unique sulfuric fire fishing ritual handed down from generation to generation.