Pulled from nearly 10,000 entries, the winners of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest highlight both the beauty of living beings and the destruction that they can cause.
Photos were submitted to three categories—Places, Wildlife, and People—with the top award going to a haunting photo titled Unreal.
The image, shot by flight instructor and concert violinist Jassen Todorov, is an aerial view of a graveyard of vehicles located in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert.
Below some of the winners:
“Unreal” by Jassen Todorov. Grand Prize Winner. First place, Places. Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagen recalled millions of cars. By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious of and more caring toward our beautiful planet.”
“Heart” Climber by Jimmy S.
“Flying at the Crossing” by Pim Volkers. First place, Wildlife.
“Embearassed” by Taylor Thomas Albright
“Discovering The Hidden Face Of Yucatán” by Guillaume Néry
“A New Challenge” by Alessandra Meniconzi
“At The End Of The Rainbow” by Joshua Galicki
“An Overcrowded Train Journey” by Noor Ahmed Gelal
“A New Look” by Alison Langevad. Third place, Wildlife.
“Love of Life” by Avishek Das. Third place, People.
“Uhhs & Ahhs” by Lilian Koh
“Baby Teeth” by Yaron Schmid. People’s Choice, Wildlife
“Road to Ruin” by Christian Werner. Third place, Places.
“Enduring Spirit” by Derek Jerrell