The 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

The 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

Whether you have any interest in National Geographic or not, you simply owe it to yourself to check out the winners of their 2013 Photography Contest, as well as the short BTS video showing the judges in action. In particular there is a 60 second segment in the video that is one of the most powerful messages I’ve heard all year about the essential key to taking better photographs that can apply to every one of us.

This November, National Geographic invited photographers from across the globe to submit photographs in three categories – People, Places and Nature. After sifting through more than 7000 entries from 150+ countries, these are the winners.

Places Winner Adam Tan, Selangor, Malaysia - Long Road To Daybreak Places Winner Adam Tan, Selangor, Malaysia - Long Road To Daybreak

 

People Winner Cecile Baudier, Jylland, Denmark - Together Alone People Winner Cecile Baudier, Jylland, Denmark - Together Alone

 

Grand Prize and Nature Winner Paul Souders, Seattle, Washington - The Ice Bear Grand Prize and Nature Winner Paul Souders, Seattle, Washington - The Ice Bear

Whether these photographs resonate with you or not (I personally think they are all stunning), be sure to check out the 5 minute video on the site showing the judges in action here:

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/19/the-2013-national-geographic-photography-contest-winners/

In particular, watch the section from the 4 to 5 minute mark. The advice and insight imparted in this 60 seconds is fantastic, and really gives you an appreciation for what it is that makes a good image a great one.

It's not important whether you currently shoot images like those found in National Geographic, or aspire to. The fact is we all want to shoot stronger, better work and the insight here is simple and invaluable. 

Via [National Geographic]

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4 Comments

really love the Malaysia shot

The Ice Bear shot is fantastic! Congrats to Paul Souders

Sean Shimmel's picture

I actually watched. Deserves more comments. Funny how strobe wattage/equipment and such gain far more attention that the thoughtful essence itself of an image. I know the other "stuff" can be exciting, but it seems to become a god unto itself.