A few days ago National Geographic announced the winners of the 2018 edition of the National Geographic Photo Contest. As every year there are 3 categories: Wildlife, People and Places and in addition to being a winner in each category is also chosen a winner in general who grabs the prize of 5000$.
This year’s Grand Prize is by Jassen Todorov with the Unreal shot of thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars from above when, in America, after the scandal of cars designed to cheat, emission tests were withdrawn from the market and grouped together in the Mojave Desert in California.
“By capturing scenes like this, I hope we’ll all become more aware and more attentive to our beautiful planet.”
For the Places section, a special mention was given to Rucca Y Ito thanks to Snowflakes, a photograph of the blue Biei-cho pond in Japan, which freezes entirely during the winter.
“The fascinating view of the blue pond can take your breath away.”
In second place is Nicholas Moir with Thunderbird in the dust. Texas, a rusty Ford Thunderbird is covered with red dust brought in during a thunderstorm by winds that exceeded 90 miles per hour.
Third in this category is Christian Werner‘s Road to ruin shot, which he climbed up the ruins of an old house to make it happen. The photograph shows the destruction of the Khalidiya district in Homs, Syria.
On the first step of the Wildlife category is the beautiful shot Flying at the crossing by Pim Volker, who immortalized the moment when a herd of wildebeest crosses the Mara River in Tanzania.
“The stratification of dust, shadow, and sun over the chaos of wildebeest that warms the water gives this image a sense of mystique and charm.”
Jonas Beyer‘s Deep Snow takes second place, a photo taken in Greenland of two musk oxen immersed in the white of the snow.
Alison Langvad took third place with A new look. Two late-night rhinos are reflected in a water well in the Zimanga Game Reserve.
Sunday best at weekend studio by Mia Collins is the photo that won the first prize in the People category, taken in the great slum of Nairobi in Kenya.
In second place we find Roadside by Todd Kennedy who during a family holiday in the rural village of Nyngan, to refresh her daughter made her take a bath in a pool shaped like a plastic duck.
Finally, we have, Love of life by Avishek Das. A Hindu father kisses his newborn son during the Charak Puja festival in Bengal, India.
“I tried to capture the moment of love between a father and his son and show a father’s concern for his little son.”