WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2010)—National Geographic today announced Aaron Lim Boon Teck of Singapore as the winner of its 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest. Lim Boon Teck will have his winning image of the eruption of Indonesia’s Gunung Rinjani volcano published in worldwide editions of National Geographic magazine. In addition, he will receive $10,000 (USD) — the first monetary prize ever offered by National Geographic magazine for its annual photo contest — and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2011.
More than 16,000 photographs were submitted to the contest, with both professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature.
“National Geographic is known for capturing our world through brilliant imagery and for sharing photography that expresses a unique vision. The National Geographic Photography Contest engages with photo enthusiasts from around the world who are using the power of photography to share their own personal stories,” said Kurt Mutchler, executive editor for photography at National Geographic magazine. “The quality of photographs received this year was remarkable, and we are thrilled to offer Aaron a unique opportunity to share his compelling work with an international audience by publishing his photograph in National Geographic magazine.”
The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts comprising natural history photographer Joel Sartore, author of “Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species”; adventurer/photographer Stephen Alvarez; and National Geographic magazine senior photo editor Sadie Quarrier. The grand-prize winner was selected from the three category winners:
- People: Chan Kwok Hung, Hong Kong: “Buffalo Race”
- Places: Jana Asenbrennerova, San Francisco: “Ship Breakers of Chittagong”
- Nature: Aaron Lim Boon Teck, Singapore: “Eruption of Gunung Rinjani”
The winning submissions can be viewed athttp://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/photo-contest/. Users also can download wallpapers and jigsaw puzzles of contest entries. Entry into the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest was from Sept. 16 to Nov. 30, 2010. For more details and official contest rules, visitwww.ngphotocontest.com.
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