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The Best Photograph In Nat Geo's Contest

The winners of National Geographic's annual photography contest are out. Looking through the archive of this year's submissions, I honestly have no idea how they picked and do not envy that job.

The winning, $10,000 image, taken by Lim Boom Teck of Singapore, shows the eruption of Indonesia's Gunung Rinjani volcano. One of the judges, photographer Joel Sartore, is quoted by National Geographic as saying: "This image best represented the craft of photography. Not only is the light subtle and beautiful, and not only is it a lovely scene, but there's a volcanic eruption going on in the background."

Grand prize winner, nature category: Eruption of Gunung Rinjani Aaron Lim Boon Teck, Singapore/Courtesy of National Geographic hide caption

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Aaron Lim Boon Teck, Singapore/Courtesy of National Geographic

Grand prize winner, nature category: Eruption of Gunung Rinjani

Aaron Lim Boon Teck, Singapore/Courtesy of National Geographic

Winners in the other two categories of "people" and "places" are Chan Kwok Hung and Jana Asenbrennerova respectively:

Finalist, people category: Buffalo race, Indonesia Chan Kwok Hung, Hong Kong/Courtesy of National Geographic hide caption

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Chan Kwok Hung, Hong Kong/Courtesy of National Geographic

Finalist, people category: Buffalo race, Indonesia

Chan Kwok Hung, Hong Kong/Courtesy of National Geographic

Finalist, places category: Chittagong in Bangladesh is the second biggest ship breaking yard in the world, it is a graveyard where ships are taken in from all around the world for their last voyage, to be taken apart. Jana Asenbrennerova, San Francisco/Courtesy of National Geographic hide caption

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Jana Asenbrennerova, San Francisco/Courtesy of National Geographic

Finalist, places category: Chittagong in Bangladesh is the second biggest ship breaking yard in the world, it is a graveyard where ships are taken in from all around the world for their last voyage, to be taken apart.

Jana Asenbrennerova, San Francisco/Courtesy of National Geographic