December 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

The Winners of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

by twistedsifter


More than 9,200 entries were submitted from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic photographers John Stanmeyer and Erika Larsen, as well as Keith Jenkins, Nat Geo’s General Manager of Digital.

A photo of a woman spotlighted by the glow of her phone on a crowded train was chosen as the grand prize winner of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest. The photo, titled “A Node Glows in the Dark,” was shot at Ocean Park in Hong Kong. The photographer, Brian Yen of Hong Kong, tells National Geographic, “I feel a certain contradiction when I look at the picture. On the one hand, I feel the liberating gift of technology. On the other hand, I feel people don’t even try to be neighborly anymore, because they don’t have to.”

The grand prize winner receives $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. The first place winner in each category receives $2,500 and his/her winning photograph will be published in National Geographic magazine.

Nicole Cambre of Brussels, Belgium, won in the nature category for a photo of migrating wildebeests in Tanzania, and Triston Yeo of Singapore won in the places category for a photo of the Budapest thermal spas.

You can find a Q&A with the grand prize winner and a video of the selection process on Nat Geo’s photo blog, Proof.

To see all of the entries and honorable mentions visit the official contest home page.



1. Grand Prize and People Winner – A node glows in the dark
Brian Yen

ENTRY ID: 300119


In the last 10 years, mobile data, smart phones and social networks have forever changed our existence. Although this woman stood at the center of a jam packed train, but the warm glow from her phone tells the strangers around her that she’s not really here. She managed to slip away from here, for a short moment, she’s a node flickering on the social web, roaming the earth, free as a butterfly. Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here, we’re free to run away, and run we will. Location: Hong Kong



2. Nature Winner – The great migration
Nicole Cambré

ENTRY ID: 285747


Jump of the wildebeest at the Mara river. Location: North Serengeti, Tanzania



3. Places Winner – Bathing in Budapest
Triston Yeo

ENTRY ID: 298326


The Thermal Spa in Budapest is one of the favourite activities of the Hungarian especially in winter. We were fortunate to gain special access to shoot in the Thermal Spa thanks to our tour guide, Gabor. I love how the mist caused by the great difference in temperature between the hot spa water and the atmosphere. It makes the entire spa experience more surreal and mystical. Location: Budapest, Hungary



4. Honorable Mention Nature – Untitled
Christian Miller

ENTRY ID: 286807


On a windy day right after a Cyclone passed the far northern Great Barrier Reef i took some friends out to the reef. Never before i saw that many glass fish on this particular coral ‘bommie’ . Just when i setup my camera, this Napoleon Wrasse swam right through the school of fish building a living frame.Location: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Flynn Reef, Australia



5. Honorable Mention Nature – Muscle Power
Archna Singh

08 2014 10 26 290458 nature The Winners of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest


This playful fight amongst two young sub adult Tigers was indeed a brilliant life time opportunity that lasted exactly 4-5 seconds. The cubs were sitting in the grass as dusk approached when suddenly one of them sneaked up behind the other and what happened next is captured in this image. Location: Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India



6. Honorable Mention People – Biltigiri
Mattia Passarini

ENTRY ID: 289785


The chef of Ramnami people in Chhattisgarh,India. Ramnami tattoo the name of the lord “Ram” on their body. Their entire focus is on the name of Ram, the name of God that is most dear to them. The Ramnami Samaj is a sect of harijan (Untouchable) Ram. Formed in the 1890s, the sect has become a dominant force in the religious life of the area. The tattoo is the result of their devotion and also, a gift and an acknowledgement from Ram. Location: India, Chhattisgarh



7. Honorable Mention Nature – Stag Deer Bellowing
Prashant Meswani

ENTRY ID: 294000


Stag Deer Bellowing in Richmond Park. Location: Richmond Park, London, UK



8. Honorable Mention Nature – Shoulder Creek
Henrik Nilsson

ENTRY ID: 292061


A wild short-eared owl completes a shoulder check in case something was missed. Northern harriers were also hunting in the field and these raptors will often steal a kill from the owls. Location: Boundary Bay, BC, Canada.



9. Honorable Mention People – Waiting
Roberto Fiore

ENTRY ID: 297076


He was waiting on the bed, lost in thoughts, while his wife was preparing the bread to be blessed for the orthodox Eucharist. Location: village of sarbi, Maramure (Romania)



10. Honorable Mention Places – The Storm

ENTRY ID: 295638


During I was taking photo with my nephew, the storm came and I caught this beautiful moment. Location: Kocaeli, TURKEY



11. Honorable Mention Places – Tokyo – Shinagawa Station
Peter Franc

ENTRY ID: 295738


I was up at an ungodly hour to make it to the Tsukiji Fish Market, in Tokyo. With so many amazing things to see in the city, I had hardly slept, and managed to get off at the wrong station. Wave after wave of people kept coming through the station passageway. I spied a coffee shop with a vantage point and managed to snap a free shots, camera resting on the ledge. After the caffeine kicked in, i was ready to brave the river of people… Location: Shinagawa Station, Tokyo, Japan



12. Honorable Mention People – My brothers and I
Tyler G

ENTRY ID: 299660


Our road trip down to Miami traversed this outlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We rested on this ridge overlooking the mountains. Though we argued consistently throughout the journey, here we were reminded of our brotherhood. Location: Blue Ridge Parkway



13. Honorable Mention Places – Destroyed Homs
Sergey Ponomarev

ENTRY ID: 284828


Birds fly over the destroyed houses in Khalidiya district in Homs, Syria. In the vast stillness of the destroyed city center of Homs, there are large areas where nothing moves. Then, suddenly, wind blows a ripped awning, or birds fly overhead. Location: Homs, Syria.



14. Honorable Mention Nature – Zebras and the rim of the Crater
Zik Teo

ENTRY ID: 295525


Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, is the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera. It is a collapsed volcano that harbours a range of African wildlife that live in relatively close proximity and competition of each other. Zebras are amongst the most common animals in the crater along with wildebeest, gazelles, hyenas, and lions. On a clear day, a 360º view of the crater rim can be seen whilst being inside. Location: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania







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