WASHINGTON (Nov. 27, 2007)–Contestants from China and the United States are the winners of the National Geographic Society’s 2007 global photography contest, conducted in partnership with the English-language edition and 23 local-language editions of National Geographic magazine. Jean-Claude Louis of Agoura Hills, Calif., won in the People category; Li Feng of Yichang, China, took top honors in the Animal category; Dottie Campbell of Baltimore, Md., won in the Landscapes category; and Tian Li of Shenyang, China, took top prize in the Photo Essay category. These grand-prize winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The four grand-prize-winning entries were chosen from a pool of nearly 150,000 submissions from the participating countries. Each country held national contests, and in the final round, sent one winning entry from each of the four categories to Society headquarters. The panel of judges for the final round comprised Susan Welchman, National Geographic senior photo editor; Darren Smith, National Geographic’s international editions design editor; and Cristina Mittermeier, director, International League of Conservation Photographers.
Participating photographers — both professional and amateur — hailed from Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom and United States. The competition was open to National Geographic magazine readers in those nations.
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