The winners of Photo Contest 2011 have been announced. The contest was organized by National Geographic with the participation of more than 20,000 artworks from both professional and amateur photographers in 130 countries. Pictures were submitted in three categories: people, places, and nature and from the three category winners, the grand-prize winner was chosen. "Splashing", "The Hunt", "Blue Pond", “The Sunrising Jellyfish” are among the best nature photos of 2011.
Grand prize winner is the photo of the water flinging dragonfly titled “Splashing” of Shikhei Goh. According to the photographer, the picture was taken after a sudden rain in Riau Islands, Indonesia. “Spashing” won thanks to its creativity, beautiful light, rare action in a close-up image, as well as its technical perfection” said Tim Laman – one of three contest judges. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012.
Grand prize winner belongs to "Splashing" taken by Indonesian photographer Shikhei Goh
“Blue pond” of photographer Kent Shiraishi was received honorable mention. The photograph was taken when the first snow of winter was falling at the end of October in the pond in popular Japan resort Biei.
"Blue pond" by Kent Shiraishi was received honorable mention
“The Hunt” taken by Stefano Pesarelli received honorable mention for its natural use of panning and balance in its capture of a leopard hunting an antelope at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Stefano Pesarelli's picture title "The Hunt" is one of the best nature photos of 2011
“The Sunrising Jellyfish” by Angel Fitor (honorable mention). The photo was taken at Murica beach, Spain
Another honorable mention belongs to Marius Coetzee’s artwork. He took the photograph when coming across a dazzle of zebra approaching a waterhole at Serenegti National Park, Tazania.
The image of a dazzle of zebra approaching a waterhole at Serenegti National Park, Tazania.
Photographer Dafna Ben Nun’s “Beluga whales in the artic having fun” won viewers’ choice award.
Natural Geographic's Best Photos 2011