Photo and caption by Shikhei Goh
Grand Prize Winner and Nature Category Winner"Splashing"
This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects, as I normally did during macro photo hunting. I wasn't actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take a picture of it, it suddenly rained, but the lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain. The result caused me to be overjoyed, and I hope it pleases viewers.Location: Batam, Riau Islands, Indonesia
I think the NGS judges really got this one right.
National Geographic reports:
WASHINGTON —Shikhei Goh of Indonesia is the winner of the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest. Goh will have his winning image of a dragonfly bracing for a big splash published in worldwide editions of National Geographic magazine. In addition, he will receive $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012.
More than 20,000 photographs were submitted to the contest from over 130 countries, with both professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature.
More photos at the National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 site.
Photo and caption by George Tapan
Places Category Winner"Into the Green Zone"
A beautiful rainbow after the rain, into the green zone of the Palawan Islands.Location: Onuk island, Balabac Palawan,Philippines
Photo and caption by Izabelle Nordfjell
People Category Winner": The Fjellman Family"
One shot and the reindeer is dead. The Sámi family Fjellman, which lives in Arjeplog, northern Sweden, now have food on their table. In the early autumn they slaughter a couple of their reindeers for food during the cold winter months.Location: Arjeplog, Lappland, Sweden
National Geographic awarded its grand prize to an image of a dragonfly. NBC's Brian Williams reports.