Purist photographers often cringe at the idea that smartphone technology and social media has revolutionized the way moments are captured and shared with the world.Now it's all on the phone — from focus to picture to processing to sharing. In my opinion, this makes photography more accessible to people. And dare I say that it has empowered individuals in ways that was never imaginable – from revolution in the Middle East to getting prominent New York politicians into serious trouble.
Rest assure, there will always be those photographs, captured in the ‘old school’ way, and shared by good old faithful National Geographic, that prove that the essence of photography will never change.
First Place: Dig me river
Araujo highlights how some of the best photographers give caution to the wind when it comes to capturing that perfect moment.
“I was in Manaus, Amazonas, during the Brazilian Aquathlon (swimming and running) championship. I photographed it from the water and my lens got completely wet, but there was so much energy in these boys that I just didn't worry about that.”
Second Place: Thunderstorm at False Kiva
The spontaneity and excitement that comes with not knowing what your going to get will continue to inspire photographers for generations to come.
“I hiked out to these ruins at night hoping to photograph them with the Milky Way, but instead a thunderstorm rolled through, creating this dramatic image.” Utah, USA
Third Place: Say cheese
This picture shows the perspective of one of four photographers and their subject. I wonder how the other three turned out. One of them looks like a potential ‘selfie’.
“Cheetahs jumped on the vehicle of tourists in Masai Mara national park, Kenya.”
Merit Winner: Guanjiang Shou
Then there are those pictures that do more than capture a moment. They tell a unique story from a fascinating part of the world. This takes face painting to a different level!
“Guanjiang Shou troupes are one of Taiwan most popular activities that may be
seen all over Taiwan at traditional folk religion gatherings. With their fiercely painted faces, protruding fangs and powerful, choreographed performances, they are easily recognized, They may be described as underworld police or gods' bodyguards.”
Merit Winner: Piano play at sunset
Some photographs reflect a state of mind for me. And this is definitely one of them.
“Streets of Queenstown, New Zealand at the end of one more day filled with adrenaline. Calming and doleful scene with piano sound in the background.”
Viewers Choice: Another perspective of the day
“The fisherman at Bira Beach”
This is just a stunning photograph. Makasar - South Sulawesi, Indonesia
This is Daddy
“Captured as a very young child sees her daddy for the first time in over 7 months after he returns from a tour of duty on a Guided Missle Cruiser in the Persian Gulf.” San Diego, California
While this photograph is one of some 15600 photographs that didn’t make the cut of winners, I still found that it captured a heartwarming moment – especially for those families that have friends and relatives serving their country abroad.
King of the penguins
“Taken at Booth Island in Antartica.”
I chose this from more that 90 entries that showed penguins because it looked like the animals were talking to each other and I could just picture them jump into song and dance like they do in “Happy Feet.”
The winners will appear in the Dec. 2103/Jan. 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveler Magazine. You can find all 15627 entries on their site.