National Geographic organised a photography contest from April 7 to June 30, 2015. There were 18,000 submissions divided into four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments.
Today, Opodo invites you to discover the winning photos as well as merit prize winners:
“Whale Whisperers” by Anuar Patjane
Anuar Patjane won first place with this picture in the category of Outdoor scenes. He took this around Roca Partida in Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico.
Faisal Azim won second place with this picture in the category of Travel portraits. He took the picture of three gravel workmen in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Ahmed Al Toqi won third place with this picture in the category of Outdoor scenes. Camel Ardah is the traditional style of camel racing in Oman. The main purpose of this race is to show the beauty and strength of the Arabian camels and their riders.
“A Night at Deadvlei”
“Sauna in the Sky”
Stefano Zardini won a merit award for this picture taken at a sauna that’s 2,800m high in the heart of Dolomites. Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps.
“Romania, Land of Fairy Tales”
Eduard Gutescu won a merit award for this picture taken at Pestera village in Bran, Brasov, Romania.
“The Power of Few”
Eduard Gutescu won a merit award for this picture taken at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda.
“Kushti, Indian Wrestling”
Alain Schroeder won a merit award for this picture taken in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. Kushti is a traditional form of wrestling in India. They wear loincloths and fight in a pit made of clay, salt, lemon and butter. At the end of their fights, wrestlers rest against the walls of the arena and cover their heads and bodies with sand.
“Catching a Duck”
Sarah Wouters won the merit award for this picture of two boys trying to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall in Nong Khai Province, Thailand.
Bartłomiej Jurecki won a merit award for this picture of a man using a scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay in Rzepiska, Poland.
So what do you think of these pictures? If you also have pictures that you think should be shared to the world, send them to us! We’ll be happy to publish them on our blog (with credit, of course).