Click here to printByNina GolgowskiLast updated at 12:12 PM on 22nd December 2011
National Geographic announced their 2011 global-wide photography contest awarding not only a warm financial prize to its three winners butworld-wide publication in their magazine.The winners were taken from digital submissions on three categories of people, places and nature while judged by three National Geographicphotographers.The judges gave equal weight to both creativity and photographic quality when the deciding the winners, including the grand prize, first place winner toa photo of a dragonfly.
Winner: Splashing, the grand prize winning photo as well as Nature category winner, was taken in the city of Batam in Indonesia's Riau Islands
The water flinging dragonfly photo titled Splashing, was captured by Shikhei Goh, a photographer in Indonesia's Riau Islands while they were bothcaught in a sudden downpour.It was described as a 'very striking macrophotography image that rose to the top of the nature category for me because of its originality, beautiful light,rare action in a close-up image, as well as its technical perfection,' according to judge Tim Laman to the National Geographic.According to judge Peter Essick, he said that the photograph gave the insect 'character us humans can relate to.''It's rare indeed to see a photograph that causes the viewer to feel a bond with a member of the animal world seemingly,' Mr Essick told the magazine,
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