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There were 13 000 submissions in the 2015 National Geographic photo competition of which an overall prize winner was chosen along with a winner in three categories, namely Nature, Places and People.
James Smart was the chosen as the overall winner as well as the winner in the Nature category. His photo, which is called Dirt, features a tornado ripping through the ground in Colorado.
The Australian-based photographer won $10 000 and a trip to National Geographic’s photography seminar in Washington.
The tornado was slowly getting bigger as it picked up the dust and soil from the ground on the farmland. It wasn’t moving very fast, so we kept getting closer as it tracked next to the home as you can see in the image.
This stunning shot, entitled Asteroid, is the winner of the Places category and was taken by Francisco Mingorance in Spain.
At The Playground
This cool black and white picture is the winner in the People category. The photo was taken by Joel Nsadha of a man called Bwengye in Uganda.
Hill Of Crosses
This striking shot was taken by Hideki Mizuta in Lithuania at a place called Hill of Crosses. What makes the photo so eerily beautiful is the contrast between the lively girl in the pink dress against the see of sullen and worn crucifixes.
This photo got an honorary mention in the Places category.
Orangutan in The Rain
Some of life’s most magical moments happen just when you’re about to look away. That’s exactly what happened when photographer Andrew Suryono was taking pictures and it started to rain. He was about to pack up and find shelter when this smart little guy fashion a makeshift umbrella out of a leave in Bali.
This photograph received an honorary mention in the Nature category.
Nothing To Declare
A strange but cool shot taken in Taiwan by Lars Hübner during a burial.
Check out some of the other cool shots that got honorary mentions in this year’s competition: