George Tapan’s winning photo in National Geographic Photo Contest 2011

“Into the Green Zone” National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 Places Winner Photographed by George Tapan Location: Onuk Island, Balabac, Palawan, Philippines

Veteran Filipino photographer George Tapan wins top place in the prestigious National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 Places Category for his composition, Into the Green Zone. The contest was judged by National Geographic magazine photographers Tim Laman, Amy Toensing, and Peter Essick.

The photo has all the right elements. Tim Laman says Tapan “showed a perfect sense of timing and composition in the way he captured the two small human subjects in this beautiful scene, and that really made the shot.” Toensing notes that the photo “compellingly shows a sense of place” while Essick says “the photographer has documented a sense of style and flair.” Read more here.

If I may add, the photo, which was shot in one of the Philippines’ extremely beautiful areas, also conveys that sense of pride.

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