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The 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest Winners

National Geographic has announced the winners in their 2018 photo contest. The Grand Prize went to Jassen Todorov for an aerial image of thousands of recalled Volkswagens and Audis retired to the Mojave desert after the company was caught cheating on emissions tests.



This photograph by Pim Volkers won first place in the wildlife category.

It was early morning when I saw the wildebeests crossing Tanzania’s Mara River. The layering of dust, shade, and sun over the chaos of wildebeests kicking up water gives this picture a sense of mystique and allure. It’s almost like an old painting—I’m still compelled to search the detail of the image to absorb the unreal scene.

You can see the winners in all the categories at National Geographic.

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The wildebeest photo is amazing, and I am also struck by the perspective distortion. The animals in the back look huge, which is an optical illusion. If you measured them in the pic, they'd be about the same size as those in the foreground, but since we expect them to look smaller than those in the front, the sameness distorts our perception. This happens when a photo is taken from quite a distance away, which flattens the perspective.
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