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12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 21:28

National Geographic Announces Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

WASHINGTON (Dec. 6, 2018)-Selected from nearly 10,000 entries, a photo of thousands of recalled Volkswagen and Audi cars sitting idly in the Mojave Desert has been chosen as the grand-prize winner of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest. The photo, titled 'Unreal,' was captured by Jassen Todorov of the United States. He has won $5,000 and will have his winning image featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

A concert violinist by trade, Todorov began soaring above the ground in the early 2000s, eventually becoming a flight instructor and igniting his passion to visually capture the aerial world below-including both epic beauty and environmental challenges.

'When I fly long distances, I listen to a lot of music. I'm able to combine music, flying, and photography. Music has a lot to do with structure and composition, colors and patterns, moods and characters-when I am looking at a photo, I am thinking about the same things,' Todorov said.

Simultaneously flying, communicating with airport control, and photographing is a juggling act Todorov has refined over the years. What he was able to capture was incredible.

On the importance of the photo, Todorov said, 'By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious and more caring for our beautiful planet.'

Pim Volkers of Laren, Netherlands, won first place in the Wildlife category for a photo of wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Tanzania. Mia Collis of Westlands, Kenya, won first place in the People category for a portrait David Muyochokera on his last day working at his studio in Kibera, Nairobi.

Contestants submitted photographs in three categories - People, Places and Wildlife. Submitted photos also joined National Geographic's photography community, Your Shot. The photos were judged by a panel of National Geographic photo editors. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at natgeo.com/photocontest.

For more on the winning photograph, see the full story HERE.

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