Saturday, June 22, 2019

National Geographic 2019 Travel Photo Contest. Part 1


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Winners of the National Geographic 2019 Travel Photo Contest have now been announced and their photograps are stunning. Entries closed on May 3 this year, There are 3 categories: nature, cities and people. From the many thousands of photos submitted, the judges selected the following winners, the captions by the photographers appearing below their photographs: 

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Winter in Greenland
1st Place - Cities
Grand Prize Winner 


Upernavik is a fishing village on a tiny island in west Greenland. Historically, Greenlandic buildings were painted different colors to indicate different functions, from red storefronts to blue fishermen’s homes—a useful distinction when the landscape is blanketed in snow. This photo was taken during my three-month, personal photo project to present life in Greenland. 

- Chu Weimins 

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In the Age of Aviation 
2nd Place – Cities 


There are four runways at San Francisco’s International Airport (SFO). This is a rare look at the approach end of runways 28 left and right. I had dreams of documenting the motion at SFO and [arranged] permission to fly directly overhead. What a windy day it was. Winds at SFO were 35-45 miles per hour, which meant a bumpy flight, and it was much harder to control the plane while photographing. The flight was challenging, but it was also so thrilling that I couldn’t sleep for several days afterward. 

- Jassen Todorov 

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Streets of Dhaka 
3rd Place – Cities 


People pray on the street in Dhaka, Bangladesh during Ijtema. Bishwa Ijtema is one of the major Islamic religious gatherings which is [observed] annually in Dhaka and millions of Muslims visit [during this time]. Dedicated prayer grounds are not [large] enough to handle this huge number of people, so large numbers of people come to [Tongi], the main street of Dhaka. All the ground transportation and [pedestrian crossings] are suspended during that time. 

- Sandipani Chattopadhyay 

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Tender Eyes 
1st Place – Nature 


A gorgeous griffon vulture is seen soaring the skies in Monfrag├╝e National Park in Spain. How can anyone say vultures bring bad omens when looking at such tenderness in this griffon vulture’s eyes? Vultures are important members of the environment, as they take care of recycling dead matter. Vultures are noble and majestic animals—kings of the skies. When looking at them flying, we should feel humbled and admire them. 

- Tamara Blazquez Haik 

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Dream Catcher 
2nd Place – Nature 


What happens before a wave breaks? That question has been my assignment this past year. On this particular day, I decided to shoot the sunset on the east side of Oahu, Hawaii. About 100 photographers were out in the morning, but I had the evening to myself. The textures from the trade winds [created] subtle colors from the west and blended well using my 100mm lens. I had to look into my viewfinder while this wave was breaking. Not an easy task when a wave is about to crush you. 

- Danny Sapowski 

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Dusky 
3rd Place – Nature 


Dusky dolphins often travel together in great numbers in the deep canyons of the Kaikoura, New Zealand in search of food. They glide through the ocean effortlessly, coming up only to breathe. Dusky dolphins are fast and will often keep pace with a speeding boat. I waited on the bow of the boat as the Dusky dolphin almost broke [through the surface]. Their elegance and streamlined bodies are built for speed and manoeuvrability—accentuated by the smooth, clear water of the New Zealand coastline. 

- Scott Portelli 

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Showtime 
1st Place – People 


Actors prepare for an evening opera performance in Licheng County, China. I spent the whole day with these actors from makeup to [stage]. I’m a freelance photographer, and the series “Cave Life” is a long-term project of mine. In China’s Loess Plateau, local residents dig holes in the loess layer [to create cave living spaces, known as yaodongs] and use the heat preservation properties to survive cold winters. This series mainly records the life, entertainment, belief, labor, and other [daily] scenes of the people living in the caves. 

- Huaifeng Li 

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Daily Routine 
2nd Place – People 


This photo was taken at a public park at Choi Hung House in Hong Kong. When I visited during the afternoon, it was very crowded with many young people taking pictures and playing basketball. But when I visited at sunrise, it was quiet and a different place. [The area] is [designated] for neighborhood residents in the early morning, and there was a sacred atmosphere. I felt divinity when I saw an old man doing tai chi in the sun. 

- Yoshiki Fujiwara 

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Horses 
3rd Place – People 


Every year on the feast of Saint Anthony the ceremony of the purification of animals, called Las Luminarias, is celebrated in Spain. In the province of Avila, horses and horsemen jump over bonfires in the ritual that has been maintained since the 18th century. The animals [are not hurt], and it is a ritual that is repeated every year. To make the photo, I moved from Seville to San Bartolom├ę de Pinares because I am very interested in photographing ancestral rites. 

- Jose Antonio Zamora


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