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National Geographic Photo Contest winners

The winners of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest have just been announced. Around 10,000 entries were submitted from all over the world for this year’s edition, all of them divided into the contest’s three categories— Wildlife, Places and People.

The winners, three for each category plus a Grand Prize recipient, were chosen by a panel of National Geographic photo editors. There are, of course, various rewards for the winning photographers, and the image that won the Grand Prize will also be featured on National Geographic’s Instagram account.

You can see a selection of the images in the gallery down below, and you can visit the contest’s official website for the rest of the winners and honourable mentions, as well as the story of how each picture was captured.

The Grand Prize and first place in the Places category went to Jassen Todorov for his picture of thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sitting in the middle of the Mojave desert in California. These cars were recalled for trying to cheat US environmental tests. Todorov says that he hopes “we will all become more conscious of and more caring towards our bautiful planet” also by looking at scenes like this one. Image courtesy of Jassen Todorov/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
The Grand Prize and first place in the Places category went to Jassen Todorov for his picture of thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sitting in the middle of the Mojave desert in California. These cars were recalled for trying to cheat US environmental tests. Todorov says that he hopes “we will all become more conscious of and more caring towards our bautiful planet” also by looking at scenes like this one. Image courtesy of Jassen Todorov/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
This photo by Nicholas Moir came second in the Places category. The rusting Ford Thunderbird is blanketed by red dust after a supercell thunderstorm in Ralls, Texas. Moir and his group of storm chasers witnessed sixteen tornadoes over ten days. Image courtesy of Nicholas Moir/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
This photo by Nicholas Moir came second in the Places category. The rusting Ford Thunderbird is blanketed by red dust after a supercell thunderstorm in Ralls, Texas. Moir and his group of storm chasers witnessed sixteen tornadoes over ten days. Image courtesy of Nicholas Moir/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
Rucca Y Ito took this photo in Hokkaido, Japan, that got awarded with an Honorable Mention in the Places category. The Blue Pond in Biei Cho is surrounded by mountains and trees and it has become very popular with tourists from all over the world. Image courtesy of Rucca Y Ito/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
Rucca Y Ito took this photo in Hokkaido, Japan, that got awarded with an Honorable Mention in the Places category. The Blue Pond in Biei Cho is surrounded by mountains and trees and it has become very popular with tourists from all over the world. Image courtesy of Rucca Y Ito/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
This shot by Mia Collins won the first place in the People category. It was taken in Nairobi, Kenya, and its subject, David Muyochokera, is sitting in his photo studio in his best clothes. Image courtesy of Mia Collins/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
This shot by Mia Collins won the first place in the People category. It was taken in Nairobi, Kenya, and its subject, David Muyochokera, is sitting in his photo studio in his best clothes. Image courtesy of Mia Collins/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
The second place in the People category went to Todd Kennedy for this shot of his youngest daughter enjoying a bath in a rubber ducky on the sink. The image was captured during a family holiday from Sydney to Uluru in Australia, when the heat became unbearable. Image courtesy of Todd Kennedy/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
The second place in the People category went to Todd Kennedy for this shot of his youngest daughter enjoying a bath in a rubber ducky on the sink. The image was captured during a family holiday from Sydney to Uluru in Australia, when the heat became unbearable. Image courtesy of Todd Kennedy/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
This is the picture that won first place in the Wildlife category. Photographer Pim Volkers captured it at Tanzania’s Mara river early in the morning, when a herd of wildebeests crossed it. “The layering of dust, shade and sun over the chaos of wildebeests kicking up water gives this picture a sense of mystique and allure, almost like an old painting,” it reads in the caption provided by the photographer to National Geographic. Image courtesy of Pim Volkers/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
This is the picture that won first place in the Wildlife category. Photographer Pim Volkers captured it at Tanzania’s Mara river early in the morning, when a herd of wildebeests crossed it. “The layering of dust, shade and sun over the chaos of wildebeests kicking up water gives this picture a sense of mystique and allure, almost like an old painting,” it reads in the caption provided by the photographer to National Geographic. Image courtesy of Pim Volkers/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
Jonas Beyer won second place in the Wildlife category with this picture of a musk ox running on a hillside in deep snow. The image was take a few miles from Qaanaaq, in Greenland. “Musk oxen are extremely tough Arctic survivors,” Jonas Beyer said. “This photo shows their beauty and their power”. Image courtesy of Jonas Beyer/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
Jonas Beyer won second place in the Wildlife category with this picture of a musk ox running on a hillside in deep snow. The image was take a few miles from Qaanaaq, in Greenland. “Musk oxen are extremely tough Arctic survivors,” Jonas Beyer said. “This photo shows their beauty and their power”. Image courtesy of Jonas Beyer/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
Third place in the Wildlife category went to Alison Langevad for this picture of two southern white rhinoceroses, appearing from the shadows late at night to drink from a watering hole in the Zimanga Game Reserve in South Africa. Both animals have been dehorned to deter poachers from hunting them. Image courtesy of Alison Langevad/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest
Third place in the Wildlife category went to Alison Langevad for this picture of two southern white rhinoceroses, appearing from the shadows late at night to drink from a watering hole in the Zimanga Game Reserve in South Africa. Both animals have been dehorned to deter poachers from hunting them. Image courtesy of Alison Langevad/2018 National Geographic Photo Contest