Talented Photographers

It's time again for National Geographic's annual photo competition and a writer for the site Boston.com selected 47 of his favorite images.

All of the photos are fantastic (go here to see a comprehensive list), but here are my top two:


Photo and Description by Sean Heavey: A supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset.

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Photo and description by Amy Helene Johansson: Unsafe Journey. A woman is riding between the railway carriages of a local train heading north from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Her luggage is tucked under the carriage in front of her. It is the month of Ramadan, a fast which culminates in Eid-ul-Fitr, a three-day celebration. Tens of thousands of people leave the city to go to their home village and celebrate with their families. Trains are packed and many who fail to get tickets before they sell out or can't afford buying them at the black market ride on the roof of the train or, like this woman, finds a quiet spot between the carriages.
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Even after viewing many of the 2010 entries, I still like Gemma Collier's entry from "The Land of the Long White Cloud" that I featured in a post last year the best--her image was awarded an honorable mention in the 2009 English Edition Viewers' Choice contest. 

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Note: I got the idea for this post from the blog Other People's Ideas.

33 comments:

Krista said...

I LOVE that top shot. Someday, I'm going to get photos like that. :oD

Thanks for the spotlight on Nat Geo. They are incredible and every time I visit their site for a contest or anything else I am inspired!

Hilary said...

Wow.. those are two amazing photographs. Thanks for the link.

lovelylovelythings said...

Those are AWESOME, especially the first one! Thanks for visiting my blog :). ~Jess

Diana said...

Now that is some storm cloud! I really enjoy cloud and sky photographs... extremely interesting. I could look at those for hours! (At one point in my childhood, I wanted to grow up to be a meteorologist.)

An amazing photo of the woman riding on the linkage of the train, too. A pretty scary thing to me, but of course in her country they don't think twice about doing that.

Anita said...

Amazing!!!

Kisses:))

terri said...

Such amazing photos! Thanks for the link... I think I'll go check out the rest...

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Both are great photos. I love looking at photography, I'm afraid to click on your link because I know I'll be sucked in for hours!

Matthew Rush said...

My god that is storm is unreal!

Herding Cats said...

Both images are really captivating. I love Nat Geo for there photography. Such an amazing, quality magazine.

Dawn said...

These are great shots! Thanks for sharing and also the link.
I am always amazed by scenes people capture and what they can bring out in a person.

(And your post before....
Haha...your house sounds a bit like mine- although I have never heard that Dodge ball term;)) I think I may have to introduce that one- my boys will love it:)

Thanks for coming by my blog- and yes....it would be great to have relatives "strategically placed"! Good idea;)

Dawn said...

These are great shots! Thanks for sharing and also the link.
I am always amazed by scenes people capture and what they can bring out in a person.

(And your post before....
Haha...your house sounds a bit like mine- although I have never heard that Dodge ball term;)) I think I may have to introduce that one- my boys will love it:)

Thanks for coming by my blog- and yes....it would be great to have relatives "strategically placed"! Good idea;)

J. J. in Phila said...

I'm really taken with the photo of the woman.

Brian Miller said...

wow...both of these are amazing...the first one is like something from a sci fi pic...

Emily Sims said...

Those photos are amazing. NatGeo does some truly wonderful work. I agree with your top two, and I hope the thunderstorm photo wins!

kittycat said...

Love them. Thanks for sharing

Travel Nurse Extraordinaire said...

It's tough, they're all amazing. I have to say Wrinkle in time really catches my eye but the story and photo of after the crash might be my favorite. Great post!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow. Those photos are amazing! :-)

AB HOME Interiors said...

Wow that is amazing!

teriboes said...

Wow...these photos are breathtaking. Last years winner was incredibly moving as well. Thank you for sharing them.

Teri

secret agent woman said...

The first one looks other worldly and the second one too sadly of this world.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh wow on the first one!

Lydia Kang said...

Aren't they just amazing! I went through them and was just so impressed by what amazing images people took.

maggsworld said...

I am partial to storms and the top picture is a doosey!! As for the second, what is not mentioned there is the fact that paid servants in the city area only ever get to see their families for this main holiday while it is their work which keeps the extended family alive. I lived in Bangladesh for some time so it brought back memories for me

Shannon said...

Stunning photographs! Thank so much for sharing them!

Crystal Escobar said...

Wow, those are incredible pics!

joanny said...

That first shot is fantastic,,,, although I wonder about being in the area while photographing natures spectacular moments.

joanny

Adie said...

Wow! I am not sure what to say. I can only feel sad for that little girl and pray that crazy does read the Good Word!

Congrats on the Post of the Week. Your posts are fascinating! Well deserved!

Rachel said...

Incredible photographs - thanks for sharing. What different worlds we all live in.

Rachel

Pia said...

beautiful photos! they're great! love the first one.

notesfromrumblycottage said...

Incredible pictures that show tremendous emotion. Thanks for sharing them.

ladyfi said...

Wow - brilliant photos indeed!

aconnectiontomyheart said...

Great photographs - The woman, sadly a common sight in places like India, people seen traveling hanging on the side and on train roof tops to get from point A to point B.. They are usually people who cannot afford to buy tickets, and by technically not sitting in the train car itself, they can avoid paying the ticket amount.. :)

blastedgoat said...

very nice! i love photography, especially of strange weather! thanks for sharing.