WASHINGTON (Oct. 17, 2007)–Contestants from the United Kingdom and Romania are the winners in the National Geographic Society’s first international photography contest for kids, conducted in partnership with 12 local-language editions of National Geographic Kids magazine and the Afghan children’s magazine Parvaz.
Murray Gallagher of the United Kingdom is the grand-prize winner as well as the winner in the Portrait category; Ilinca Ciocirlan of Romania is the winner in the Animal category; and Andreea Cirstea, also of Romania, is the winner in the Landscape category. As grand-prize winner, Gallagher will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The three winning images were chosen from more than 4,000 entries from the participating editions. Each edition held local contests, and in the final round, they sent one photograph from each of the three categories to National Geographic’s headquarters.
The panel of judges comprised National Geographic Kids Editor in Chief Melina Bellows, National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt and National Geographic Kids photo director Jay Sumner.
Participating in the contest, and reaching a total of 21 countries, were the British, Dutch, Egyptian, Greek, Latin American, Montenegrin, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian and South African (English and Afrikaans) editions of National Geographic Kids, and Parvaz, the only children’s magazine in Afghanistan, started by famed photojournalist Reza and published by Afghan Media Center (AÏNA). National Geographic Kids and Parvaz are geared to kids ages 6-14.
National Geographic is synonymous with unparalleled photographic excellence. The magazine draws on the best photographers around the world and devotes more resources to photography than any other general-interest magazine. Since the 1890s, National Geographic photographers have captured images where readers could not go themselves: places too far, too deep, too dark, too dangerous. Recent advances in photographic technology have illuminated and captured much of the previously unknown.
Through the lenses of National Geographic’s photographers, readers have been able to view unique life forms on the ocean floor, visit sunken ships, explore Egyptian tombs, “see” the temperature ranges of a star, discover the hidden world inside our bodies, observe the microscopic world of molecules and subatomic particles, and savor the perfect structure of a snowflake.
Today, National Geographic’s photographic archive contains 10.5 million images; a selection of these is available for advertising use. National Geographic offers photography workshops and photography expeditions and publishes photography field guides as well as signature coffee-table photo books.
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