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National Geographic Photo Contest 2010 Winners

First Posted: 12/29/10 09:27 AM ET   Updated: 12/19/11 06:16 PM ET

From National Geographic:

National Geographic announced Aaron Lim Boon Teck of Singapore as the winner of its 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest. Lim Boon Teck will have his winning image of the eruption of Indonesia's Gunung Rinjani volcano published in worldwide editions of National Geographic magazine. In addition, he will receive $10,000 (USD) -- the first monetary prize ever offered by National Geographic magazine for its annual photo contest -- and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2011.

More than 16,000 photographs were submitted to the contest, with both professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature.

Check out the winning photos and finalists below. CLICK HERE to see more submitted photos and download wallpaper.

"Eruption of Gunung Rinjani"- Aaron Lim Boon Teck
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On June 2009, my friends and I planned to trekked Gunung Rinjani. Our plans were foiled due to the eruption & we can only trek to the crater rim. This was what I saw when I was there. Trekkers whom were able to make it up to the crater rim on time are able to camp overnight to witness the eruption whole night long. I wanted to share with everyone this experience of seeing many elements going on at a particular point in time, that is many trekkers beholding the sight of a volcanic eruption as the sun slowly rises from behind Rinjani on the left & the moon setting on the right (provided by photographer). Teck won the grand prize in this year's photo contest. His photo will be published in National Geographic magazine. CLICK HERE to see more submitted photos and download wallpaper.
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