WASHINGTON (Jan. 20, 2010)—Contestants from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States and Hungary took top honors in the 2009 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids, conducted in partnership with the U.S. edition and 13 international editions of National Geographic Kids magazine.
For the second consecutive year, Simon Nikolaï van Lierde, 13, of The Hague, Netherlands, won the grand prize. His photograph of a girl in seaweed, in the People category, captivated the judges as unusual and arresting. The first runner-up was Ellie Saunders, 10, of Dorset, United Kingdom, for her photograph of a black cat at night, in the Animals category. Second runner-up was Isabella Barbera, 10, of Marblehead, Massachusetts, for her photo of Venice through water, in the Scenery category. Third runner-up was Tenczer Zita Mária, 13, of Kiszombor, Hungary, for her photo of a child pretending to eat a live fish, in the Humor category.
As grand-prize winner, van Lierde will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The runners-up will receive a certificate of merit from National Geographic.
The four winning images were chosen from more than 13,000 entries from the participating editions of National Geographic Kids magazine. Each edition held local contests, and in the final round they sent one photograph from each of the four categories to National Geographic headquarters for judging by Melina Bellows, executive vice president of Children’s Publishing; Steve St. John, National Geographic Image Collection senior editor; and Jay Sumner, National Geographic Kids photo director.
Images made by the winners, runners-up and those who received honorable mentions can be viewed at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ipc/.
The local-language editions of National Geographic Kids that took part in the contest along with the U.S. edition were Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
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. The magazine has 20 editions worldwide, including the U.S. edition that is also available in Canada.
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