WASHINGTON (Dec. 7, 2009)–Contestants from Portugal and the United States are the grand-prize winners in National Geographic’s fourth annual international photography contest, conducted in partnership with the English-language edition of the Society’s flagship National Geographic magazine and 20 international local-language editions.
U.S. winners were Debra Jansen of Atlanta, Ga., who took top honors in the People category, and William Goodwin of Birmingham, Ala., who won in the Nature category. Hugo Machado of Angra do Heroismo, Portugal, won in the Places category. Runners-up were Arie Yudhistira of Indonesia and Fausto Podavini of Italy in the People category; Rachel Blaser of the United States and Nicola Cocco of Italy in the Places category; and Stefano Amirante of Italy and Yusuke Okada of Japan in the Nature category.
The three grand-prize winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will receive their awards. The winning photographs will be published in a future edition of National Geographic magazine, and the winning entries from each territory will be featured in their local editions. These images and other entries can be viewed at www.ngphotocontest.com.
The three top photographs were chosen from more than 208,000 entries from participating countries. Each country held a national contest and, in the final round, sent one photo from each of the three categories to National Geographic headquarters for judging. Judges were Mark Thiessen, National Geographic staff photographer; Darren Smith, design editor for the international editions of National Geographic magazine; and photojournalist Maria Stenzel.
Participating countries were Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom (all of which receive the magazine’s English-language edition), and Bulgaria, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand and Turkey (all of which have local-language editions of the magazine). Entrants could be professional or amateur photographers.
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