WASHINGTON (Dec. 19, 2011)—Shikhei Goh of Indonesia is the winner of the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest. Goh will have his winning image of a dragonfly bracing for a big splash published in worldwide editions of National Geographic magazine. In addition, he will receive $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012.
More than 20,000 photographs were submitted to the contest from over 130 countries, with both professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature.
“National Geographic magazine is known for the best natural history photography in the world, and I’m pleased that the 2011 grand-prize winner was selected from the nature category,” said Kurt Mutchler, executive editor for photography at National Geographic magazine. “Shikhei Goh’s image of the dragonfly in the rainstorm captured a fleeting moment — in all its exquisite detail and color — worthy of being published in the magazine.”
The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts composed of field biologist and wildlife photojournalist Tim Laman, National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing and National Geographic nature photographer Peter Essick. The grand-prize winner was selected from the three category winners:
- Nature: Shikhei Goh, Indonesia: “Splashing”
- People: Izabelle Nordfjell, Sweden: “The Fjellman Family”
- Places: George Tapan, Philippines: “Into the Green Zone”
The winning submissions can be viewed at http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/photo-contest/. Users also can download wallpapers and jigsaw puzzles of contest entries. Entry into the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest was from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, 2011. For more details and official contest rules, visit www.ngphotocontest.com.
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