The winners of the 2018 National Geographic Vacation Photographer of the Yr contest have been introduced, with Japanese photographer Reiko Takahashi taking the prestigious grand prize.
Takahashi received the $10,000 prize after her picture of a humpback whale calf, titled Mermaid, was chosen by a panel of National Geographic judges from more than thirteen,000 entries. The picture was taken off the coastline of Japan’s Kumejima Island.
Takahashi remaining her extended-time workplace job to pursue her enthusiasm for underwater images, and traveled to Kumejima Island to photograph humpback whales with their calves.
“It was a particular scene for me, to be ready to acquire a picture of the calf, absolutely comfortable in light waters,” explained Takahashi. “I actually cannot believe it. It was my desire to get. I am honored and it will be the driving pressure for my potential capturing.”
The National Geographic Vacation Photographer contest is open to equally newbie and specialist photographers, with entries acknowledged in a few categories: Mother nature, Folks and Towns. Winning photos were chosen in just about every of the categories, with Takahashi’s picture profitable the Mother nature category.
You can see some of the profitable and recommended photos underneath, and all of the profitable and honorable mention photos can be seen at National Geographic’s web site.