viernes, 20 de diciembre de 2013

Winners the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic has crowned the winners of its prestigious annual 2013 Photo Contest, with a striking image a polar bear peering through melting ice taking the top prize.

As part of the four-week competition, which concluded November 30, professional photographers and amateurs alike from over 150 countries submitted more than 7,000 diverse entries in three categories: people, places and nature.

The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts, among them National Geographic Magazine Senior Photo Editor Susan Welchman and documentary photographers Stephanie Sinclair and Ed Kashi, who were tasked with selecting the winners.
First prize recipient Paul Souders, who caught a glimpse of a polar bear in Manitoba, Canada, will be awarded $10,0000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC, to take part in an annual photography seminar next month.

The winning print will also be published in National Geographic Magazine.

Over its 125-year history, the magazine has been a destination for high-quality photography depicting life around the planet.
This year's entries were extremely diversity, providing commentary on the human condition, showcasing the beauty of remote and exotic locales and celebrating nature in all its forms.
Besides Mr Souders' captivating ursine subject floating in icy waters, which earned top honors, three other outstaning prints got honorable mentions from the panel of judges, including an otherwordly image of egrets in a fog, a close-up of a rhino, and a stark image of a crow's nest in Tokyo built entirely out of clothes hangers.

Peek-a-bear: A polar bear peers up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada

Birds of a feather: A flock of Great Egrets seen in a tidal area of the Danube in Hungary

Gentle giant: A gloomy-looking Indian rhinoceros stuck in pen at the Toronto zoo

Recycled crow's nest: The crows that live in Tokyo build their nests out of clothes hangers, which they steal from apartment buildings to make up for the lack of natural building materials in a metropolis mostly depleted of greenery

Graveyard of trees: The milky green water is a natural phenomenon caused by electromagnetic activity from the lightning hitting the water's surface surrounding dead trees

Bovine beach-goers: Bulls sunbathing on an empty beach in 100-degree weather

This old town: A working mother is carrying her child in a basket walking through the thick mist in a very early foggy morning in China's Laocheng, which means 'old town'

Special bond: This portrait of two identical twins, Nils and Emil, 15 years old, in Fyn, Denmark, is part of a series of pictures portraying people who have a strong connection to another person and who often think of themselves as a 'we' instead of 'I'

Aline: Ida, age 7, moved with her mother from Greenland to Denmark in search of a better life, but in their new country Greenlanders are seen as second-class citizens, drunks and socially challenged

Ready for her close-up: Michele De Funzio photographed his striking girlfriend, Francesca, in her car

Haunting: A boy plays with balloons by the polluted Buriganga river as smoke emits from a dump yard during sunset in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hardscrabble: Laurentiu and his family live in shacks next to the railway near the Ghent Dampoort in Romania, dealing with unemployment and poverty

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