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Winners of the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

The end of the year brings more than just remorse, diminishing bank accounts and dull family gatherings. The start of a new year has us looking back in retrospect, listing a number of “the best of” categories, including music, sports moments, and even photography. National Geographic had the demanding task to review more than 20,000 submissions from over 130 countries for its Best of 2011 Photo Contest. With subjects including cityscapes, ocean views, the animal kingdom, and kinship to name but a small few, the winning photographer announced a few days ago went to Shikhei Goh for capturing a dragonfly riding out a rainstorm in Indonesia. Awarded $10,000 and a trip to the National Geographic Photography Seminar next year, Goh’s photo, just like many of his competitors, was captured at random in less than ideal conditions. Peruse through some of the top stills in this year’s contest and let us know what you think.

Source: The Atlantic

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