WASHINGTON (Jan. 25, 2011)—National Geographic Kids has announced the winner of its fourth annual International Photography Contest. The 2010 competition was conducted through the U.S. / Canada edition of National Geographic Kids magazine, 12 of the publication’s international editions and www.kids.nationalgeographic.com, where children around the world were able to submit their photographs online for the first time.
Despina Tekeli, a 12-year-old from Piraeus, Greece, was named the grand-prize winner. Her photograph, submitted in the People Category, captures a young girl’s gaze. The image is reminiscent of celebrated pictures made by highly experienced National Geographic photographers. Christel Bremer, 13, of Utrecht, South Africa, was the first runner-up with her submission in the Animals Category. Second runner-up was Jodie Dawes, 11, of Derbyshire, United Kingdom, with her entry in the Scenery Category. Third runner-up was Amalie Batchelder, 14, of Mt. Dora, Fla., with her submission in the Humor Category. Honorable mentions went to Evan Jackson of Ojai, Calif.; Zan Kupljenik of Mirna Peč, Slovenia; Magdalena Velkova of Varna, Bulgaria; and Veres Vica of Nagykörű, Hungary. The winning images can be seen online at www.kids.nationalgeographic.com.
As the grand-prize winner, Tekeli will receive an all-expenses-paid, five-day trip to Washington, D.C., which includes a visit to National Geographic’s headquarters. The runners-up will receive a National Geographic Certificate of Merit.
The winning images were chosen from over 13,500 entries received worldwide from the 13 participating editions of National Geographic Kids magazine. Each edition held a photography contest and named its own overall winner, as well as first- and second-place winners in each of the four categories. The four first-place photographs from each edition were sent to National Geographic headquarters for the grand-prize selection. Those photos were judged by Melina Bellows, executive vice president of Children’s Publishing; National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths; Steve St. John, National Geographic Image Collection senior editor; and Jay Sumner, photo director of Children’s Publishing.
National Geographic Kids, geared toward children ages 6-14, is an interactive, multitopic magazine covering animals, entertainment, science, technology, current events and cultures from around the world. Twenty editions of the magazine circulate worldwide, with the U.S. edition also available in Canada. Kids.nationalgeographic.com
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