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As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. This year’s entrants did not disappoint—more than 20,000 photographs were submitted to the contest from over 130 countries, with professional and amateur photographers across the globe participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places, and nature.
Judged on creativity and photographic quality, a first place winner was selected in each category by a panel of experts. From the three category winners, the grand-prize winner was selected. This year’s contest judges wereNational Geographic magazine photographers Tim Laman, Amy Toensing, and Peter Essick.
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, a behind-the-scenes experience like none other.