2015 Photo Contest

2015 Photo Contest

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I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a taro leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this spontaneous magic moment. Location: Denpasar, Bali, K C Yee, IndonesiaAndrew Suryono /National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
A young orangutan improvises an umbrella in Bali.

The winners of 2015’s National Geographic Photo Contest have been announced, and as usual, the entries are absolutely breathtaking.

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The contest selected winning photos in three categories: People, Places, and Nature, as well as a grand prize winner.

The first place winner in each category will receive $2,500, and their photo will be published in National Geographic magazine. The grand prize winner receives $7,500 in addition to the first-place prize, and a trip to the National Geographic Photography Seminar in Washington, DC, in January 2016.

 

 

Here are this year’s winners:

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This photo of a tornado in Simla, Colorado won the grand prize and nature category. The photographer spent two weeks chasing storms last spring with his brother and some meteorologist friends before capturing the winning shot.
This photo of a tornado in Simla, Colorado won the grand prize and nature category. The photographer spent two weeks chasing storms last spring with his brother and some meteorologist friends before capturing the winning shot.
James Smart / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“DIRT”
This aerial photo of radioactive ponds in the marshes of Andalusia, Spain, won the places category. The photojournalist who shot it thought it looked like an asteroid impact.
This aerial photo of radioactive ponds in the marshes of Andalusia, Spain, won the places category. The photojournalist who shot it thought it looked like an asteroid impact.
Francisco Mingorance / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“Asteroid”

This photo a boy who lives in a slum in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, won the people category. The photographer wrote that the boy takes his bicycle to the playground every evening to watch kids play soccer.
This photo a boy who lives in a slum in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, won the people category. The photographer wrote that the boy takes his bicycle to the playground every evening to watch kids play soccer.
Joel Nsadha / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“At The Play Ground”
In this photo, a young girl runs through the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, a place that represents the peaceful resistance of Lithuanian Catholics. (Honorable mention, places)
In this photo, a young girl runs through the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, a place that represents the peaceful resistance of Lithuanian Catholics. (Honorable mention, places)
Hideki Mizuta / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“Hill of Crosses”

This photo was taken on Chinese New Year’s Eve in Taiwan. The photographer noticed the shadows cast by his family passing incense sticks, which he took to symbolize knowledge and wisdom passed down through generations. (Honorable mention, places)
This photo was taken on Chinese New Year’s Eve in Taiwan. The photographer noticed the shadows cast by his family passing incense sticks, which he took to symbolize knowledge and wisdom passed down through generations. (Honorable mention, places)
Jackson Hung / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“From Generation to Generation”
In this photo, a group of Iranian young women play on an abandoned tank in the Iranian town of Shalamcheh, near the Iran-Iraq border. (Honorable mention, people)
In this photo, a group of Iranian young women play on an abandoned tank in the Iranian town of Shalamcheh, near the Iran-Iraq border. (Honorable mention, people)
Yanan Li / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“Overlooking Iraq from Iran”

This photo of a young ape sheltering itself under a taro leaf was of a taken in Bali, Indonesia. When it started to rain, the photographer captured this spontaneous shot. (Honorable mention, nature)
This photo of a young ape sheltering itself under a taro leaf was of a taken in Bali, Indonesia. When it started to rain, the photographer captured this spontaneous shot. (Honorable mention, nature)
Andrew Suryono / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“Orangutan in The Rain”
In this shot of two cheetah cubs in Masai Mara, Kenya, the cats appear to be “change shifts” as they survey the landscape. (Honorable mention, nature)
In this shot of two cheetah cubs in Masai Mara, Kenya, the cats appear to be “change shifts” as they survey the landscape. (Honorable mention, nature)
Mohammed Yousef / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“Changing Shifts”

This photo captures the antics of White-fronted Bee-eaters in Mkuze, South Africa, gathering on a branch before bedtime. The photographer used a flashlight to light the front ones, and the backlight created a rainbow through the wings of those behind. (Honorable mention, nature)
This photo captures the antics of White-fronted Bee-eaters in Mkuze, South Africa, gathering on a branch before bedtime. The photographer used a flashlight to light the front ones, and the backlight created a rainbow through the wings of those behind. (Honorable mention, nature)
Bence Mate / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“Colorful chaos”
This photo depicts an acrobatic display of mountain-dwelling Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus) in Appenzell, Switzerland, on a windy day. (Honorable mention, nature)
This photo depicts an acrobatic display of mountain-dwelling Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus) in Appenzell, Switzerland, on a windy day. (Honorable mention, nature)
Alessandra Meniconzi / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“Acrobat of the Air”

This photo depicts the members of a funeral procession in the Taiwan countryside. When a family member dies in rural Taiwain, the body is kept in the house or a specially built tent before a funeral procession takes the body to be buried. (Honorable mention, people)
This photo depicts the members of a funeral procession in the Taiwan countryside. When a family member dies in rural Taiwain, the body is kept in the house or a specially built tent before a funeral procession takes the body to be buried. (Honorable mention, people)
Lars Hübner / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“Nothing to Declare”
This timeless photo captures a game of soccer on the beach in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. (Honorable mention, places)
This timeless photo captures a game of soccer on the beach in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. (Honorable mention, places)
Simone Monte / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“The Game”
This photo shows the brilliant colors of the Tian-shan (“sky-mountain”) range in Shihezi, China, one of the largest mountain ranges in Central Asia. The rich hues are created by sediments eroded by rivers. (Honorable mention, places)
This photo shows the brilliant colors of the Tian-shan (“sky-mountain”) range in Shihezi, China, one of the largest mountain ranges in Central Asia. The rich hues are created by sediments eroded by rivers. (Honorable mention, places)
Tugo Cheng / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest
“Surrealist painting in nature”

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