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National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 winners revealed

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National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 winners revealed

National Geographic has announced the winners of its 2014 Photo Contest, presenting the best photos in categories such as people, places, and nature, as well as the overall winner of the competition.

One of the most prestigious photo contests in the world has just met its winners. The judges of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 have revealed the names of the photographers who have submitted the best shots of the year in the people, places, and nature categories.

The photographer of the year 2014 is Brian Yen, according to National Geographic, courtesy of a photo called “A Node Glows in the Dark”.

A Node Glows in the Dark by Brian Yen
A Node Glows in the Dark. Credits: Brian Yen.

Photographer Brian Yen wins National Geographic Photo Contest 2014

As the end of the year is almost here, the reputable National Geographic Society has announced the winners of its annual photo contest. “People”, “Nature”, and “Places” were the categories sitting at the photographers’ disposal and they have duly-delivered as over 9,200 photos have been submitted from photographers located in more than 150 countries.

The Grand Prize Winner of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 is Brian Yen, who has also won the “People” category. His photo is named “A Node Glows in the Dark” and it depicts a woman standing in the middle of a jam-packed train cart checking her phone.

The artist describes the subject as being physically present in the train, but all other passengers noticing that she is not “really” there, thanks to smartphones and social networks. Brian says that technology makes us “free to run away, and run we will”.

Brian Yen will receive a $10,000 as well as a trip to the National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015 in Washington DC.

Thermal spa by Triston Yeo
Surreal atmosphere at a thermal spa in Budapest. Credits: Triston Yeo.

Triston Yeo wins “Places” category with ethereal photo of the Budapest spa

The “Places” category has been won by photographer Triston Yeo with a photo of a thermal spa in Budapest, Hungary. The artist has managed to present the “surreal and mystical atmosphere” of the spa, which was mainly caused by the temperature difference between the hot water and the cold air.

Triston says that the place where he captured the shot is not usually accessible to anyone, but he was fortunate enough to go there thanks to Gabor, his tour guide.

Wildebeest jump by Nicole Cambré
Jump of the wildebeest at the Mara River, Serengeti, Tanzania. Credits: Nicole Cambré.

Wildebeest’s leap of faith grants “Nature” award to Nicole Cambré

Last but not least, the laureate of the “Nature” category is Nicole Cambré with a photo of an impressive “jump of the wildebeest at the Mara River” in Serengeti, Tanzania.

Each year, the mass migration of the wildebeest attracts photographers around the world, hoping to nab “that perfect, once-in-a-lifetime shot”. However, it also attracts the crocodiles in the Mara River, who will feast on the animals taking part in the mass migration.

More details about the contest as well as the photos of the photographers who deserve an honorable mention can be found at National Geographic’s official website.

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