Nat Geo Photo Contest Winners Include Peppermint Shrimp

Nat Geo Global Photo Contest Winner: Peppermint Shrimp in Sponge

Nat Geo Global Photo Contest Winner: Peppermint Shrimp in Sponge

Image by William Goodwin

I found this very interesting, the winner of the National Geographic Global Photo Contest was a picture of a Peppermint Shrimp hanging out inside of a sponge in the Caribbean. Continue reading below for more details on the contest, how the pictures were selected, and the prizes and accolades each winner of the contest received.

Seventy-five feet (23 meters) under Bonaire’s Caribbean waters, a peppermint shrimp lurks inside a branching vase sponge. The photograph, one of 208,000 entries, was chosen as the best nature photograph overall in National Geographic magazine’s 2009 International Photography Contest (National Geographic News is owned by the National Geographic Society.)

A panel of National Geographic photographers and a design editor selected the winning pictures in the three categories: People, Places, and Nature. Photos were submitted by both professional and amateur photographers.

The three grand-prize-winning photographers will receive expenses-paid trips to the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the National Geographic Society, and their images will be reproduced in a future edition of the magazine.


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