Inspiring Winning Photos from National Geographic’s Photography Contest

by Parin

“The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera.”
– W. Eugene Smith

A couple of weeks ago, I shared 47 awe-inspiring photos from the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest.

Those photos were truly STUNNING, and judging by the comments on the post, you were just as inspired as I was.

Well, I hope you’re ready for some more inspiration today. :)

Yesterday, National Geographic announced the Winners and Honorable Mentions in the People, Places and Nature categories for the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest.

And all I can say is WOW! These are some mesmerizing photos!

From an Indonesian farmer and his buffalo charging through mud in “Buffalo Race”:

An Indonesian farmer and his buffalo charge through the mud in "Buffalo Race," an image that contest judge Joel Sartore called "an epic scene." Farmers literally put a lot of stock into winning these annual races, which they believe will bring them luck during the upcoming growing season. (Photo and caption by Chan Kwok Hung)

An Indonesian farmer and his buffalo charge through the mud in "Buffalo Race," an image that contest judge Joel Sartore called "an epic scene." Farmers literally put a lot of stock into winning these annual races, which they believe will bring them luck during the upcoming growing season. (Photo and caption by Chan Kwok Hung)

to these “Twilight Clouds”:

Twilight Clouds. I have spent seven days waiting for this image, and finally on the morning just before my departure the clouds were moving fast and clearing the North Face of Matterhorn. I have used ND filter and exposure was 47 sec. (Photo and caption by Nenad Saljic)

Twilight Clouds. I have spent seven days waiting for this image, and finally on the morning just before my departure the clouds were moving fast and clearing the North Face of Matterhorn. I have used ND filter and exposure was 47 sec. (Photo and caption by Nenad Saljic)

to a lion sitting in the shadows:

Lion in the Shadows. This lion at a wildlife sanctuary in Indonesia found his light at the perfect moment for me to capture it. (Photo and caption by Stephanie Swartz)

Lion in the Shadows. This lion at a wildlife sanctuary in Indonesia found his light at the perfect moment for me to capture it. (Photo and caption by Stephanie Swartz)

So who won the contest?

Photographer Aaron Lim Boon Teck from Singapore took top honors with his photo of the many elements of nature (also the winner of the Nature category):

Eruption of Gunung. Trekkers were able to make it up to the crater rim on time able to camp overnight to witness the eruption whole night long. I wanted to share with everyone this experience of seeing many elements going on at a particular point in time. (Photo and caption by Aaron Lim Boon Teck)

Eruption of Gunung. Trekkers were able to make it up to the crater rim on time able to camp overnight to witness the eruption whole night long. I wanted to share with everyone this experience of seeing many elements going on at a particular point in time. (Photo and caption by Aaron Lim Boon Teck)

He won $10,000, and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2011.

Congratulations to Aaron on winning this competition!

But let’s not forget about the rest of the captivating photos either. Be sure to check out the Winners and Finalists galleries in each category: People, Places and Nature.

They truly are inspiring to say the least. :)

Do you agree with the chosen winner?
Which photos inspire and motivate you?
Share your comments in the comments section below. I’d love to hear about your experiences and your opinions.

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