National Geographic Kids Announces Grand-Prize Winner of International Photography Contest for Kids

North Carolina 13-Year-Old Awarded U.S. Grand Prize; Dutch 13-Year-Old Takes Worldwide Title

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With his photo titled “Bridge of Mystery,” 13-year-old Logan Wagner has captured the grand prize in the U.S. competition of the National Geographic Kids International Photography Contest, winning an eight-day National Geographic Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks Family Adventure. (natgeokids.com/contests/ipc-winners)

US_Grand Prize Winner_Logan_Wagner

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids: U.S. GRAND PRIZE: Logan Wagner. Title of photo: Bridge of Mystery. Description: A foggy day on the Mile High Swinging Bridge of Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. DOB: 1-21-2003 (12 years old) City/State: Cornelius, North Carolina

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Wagner’s photo was selected from nearly 3,000 U.S. entries from young photographers across four categories: Amazing Animals (photos of pets, zoo animals or wild animals); Dare to Explore (photos of outdoor scenery); Weird But True (photos that capture something odd or funny); and Wild Vacation (photos taken during vacation travels).

Open to children ages 6 to 14, the four category winners in the U.S. competition were:

US_Amazing_Animals_1st place winner_Kathryn_Kovacic

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): AMAZING ANIMALS 1st Place Winner’s name: Kathryn Kovacic Title of photo: Green Tree Snake. Description: A green tree snake wraps itself around a tree. DOB: 4-7-2006 (9 years old) City/State: Kennesaw, Georgia

Kathryn Kovacic, 9, Kennesaw, Georgia — Amazing Animals

US_Grand Prize Winner_Logan_Wagner

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids: U.S. GRAND PRIZE/Dare to Explore 1st Place Winner: Logan Wagner. Title of photo: Bridge of Mystery. Description: A foggy day on the Mile High Swinging Bridge of Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. DOB: 1-21-2003 (12 years old) City/State: Cornelius, North Carolina

Logan Wagner, 13, Cornelius, North Carolina — Dare to Explore

US_WeirdButTrue_1st place winner_Chase_Rodi

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): Weird But True 1st Place Winner’s name: Chase Rodi. Title of photo: Thermal Pool Of Yellowstone. Description: This photo shows the weird and mystifying colors of the thermal pool in Yellowstone National Park. The colors are actually made up of very old bacteria boiling water. DOB: 4-23-2002 (13 years old). City/State: San Diego, California

Chase Rodi, 13, San Diego, California — Weird But True

US_WildVacation_1st place winner_Henry_Downing.jpg

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): Wild Vacation 1st Place Winner’s name: Henry Downing. Title of photo: Over Our Heads. Description: N/A DOB: 1-5-2005 (10 years old). City/State: McCamey, Texas

Henry Downing, 11, McCamey, Texas — Wild Vacation

The photos from each of the four U.S. category winners, along with the worldwide grand-prize winner, will be featured in the May 2016 U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine, reaching approximately four million U.S. readers.

US_Amazing_Animals_2nd place winner_Anna Henderson

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): AMAZING ANIMALS 2nd Place Winner: Anna Henderson. Title of photo: Peaceful Praying Mantis. Description: A green praying mantis with a blue background, standing there waiting for a snack. DOB: 5-2-2003 (12 years old). City/State: Crozet, Virginia

US_DareToExplore_2nd place winner_Emily_Crofoot.jpg

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): DARE TO EXPLORE 2nd Place Winner: Emily Crofoot. Title of photo: Motorcycle at the Lake. Description: N/A DOB: 1-1-2003 (12 years old). City/State: Sacramento, California

US_WeirdButTrue_2nd place winner_Madison_Raymo

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): Weird But True 2nd Place Winner’s name: Madison Raymo. Title of photo: Airplane Over the Moon. Description: N/A DOB: 3-7-2002 (13 years old) City/State: Emmett, Michigan

US_WildVacation_2nd place winner_Madison_Bell.jpg

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US): Wild Vacation 2nd Place Winner’s name: Madison Bell. Title of photo: Sunset Ride. Description: A kite surfer rides the waves at Huntington Beach, CA. DOB: 12-8-2000 (14 years old). City/State: Smyrna, Georgia

Photography is an excellent way for people — and especially kids — to show their perspective on the world. What they produce is eye-catching, inventive and sometimes surprising, and we continue to be impressed by the contest entries,” said Rachel Buchholz, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Kids magazine (U.S.). “This year, we not only expanded our contest to Australia/New Zealand and Portugal, but we also received the largest number of entries in the worldwide competition. It’s encouraging to see kids actively participating in photography and engaged in the world around them.”

GRAND PRIZE and Amazing Animals First Place_Netherlands_Senne Mensink

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (International): Grand Prize Winner / 1st Place Amazing Animals: Senne Mensink Age: 13, Netherlands. Title: Grasshopper on Sunflower Leaf. Description: This grasshopper is eating a leaf. I took this photo in the garden, there was the grasshopper eating.  He had eaten a hole in the leaf.  The sun was shining, that’s why you can see the body through the leaf.  I took the picture with my mother’s phone. This was in the summer.

In the worldwide contest, 13-year-old Senne Mensink from the Netherlands won the 2015 International Photography Contest grand prize for her close-up portrait of a grasshopper peeking through a leaf. She has won a five-day, four-night trip to Washington, D.C., and a tour of National Geographic headquarters.

The worldwide competition was conducted in partnership with the U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine and 11 local-language editions. This year’s worldwide winning photos were selected from more than 17,500 entries — an increase from last year’s program — from the United States, Australia/New Zealand, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Each country held a national contest and, in the final round, sent one photo from each of the four categories to National Geographic headquarters for judging in the worldwide contest.

The four category winners in the worldwide competition of the International Photography Contest were:

Senne Mensink, 13, Netherlands — Amazing Animals

Dare to Explore First Place_Bulgaria_Radostina Todorova

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (International): Runner Up/Dare to Explore 1st Place Winner: Radostina Georgieva Todorova. Age 8, Bulgaria. Title: Even the Longest Tunnel Has an End. Description: Even the longest tunnel ends up with light. The Erma river gorge, Bulgaria

Radostina Georgieva Todorova, 8, Bulgaria — Dare to Explore

Weird But True First Place_UK_Tadhg Verdier

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (International): Runner Up/Weird But True 1st Place Winner: Tadhg Verdier. Age 11, Ireland. Title: Headstone. Description: Quirky picture of his cute little sister after she’d been buried under the sparkling stones of Ballyhillin Beach in Co. Donegal, Ireland by her dad.

Tadhg Verdier, 11, Ireland — Weird But True

Wild Vacations First Place_US_Henry Downing

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (International): Runner-Up/Wild Vacation 1st Place Winner: Henry Downing Age 10, United States. Title: Over Our Heads. Description: Photo was taken at the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Henry Downing, 11, United States — Wild Vacation.

National Geographic Kids magazine launched in the United States in 1975 as National Geographic World magazine. There are now 17 local-language editions, the most recent being the Portuguese edition, which launched in December 2015, and the Australia/New Zealand edition, which debuted in June 2015. Other local-language editions are available in Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa (Afrikaans and English), Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. National Geographic Kids has a worldwide circulation of approximately 1.6 million.

Amazing Animals Honorable Mention_Slovenia_Julij Kopilovic

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (International): Amazing Animals 2nd Place Winner: Julij Kopilović. Age 8, Slovenia. Title: The Giant. ‘Giant’ was taken on Bali where I was vacationing with my family. While watching the island animals, an iguana came by, posing for me. My parents warned me not to come too close but the locals said it was not aggressive, so I wasn’t afraid of it at all.

Dare to Explore Honorable Mention_Indonesia_Josephine Jennifer Tjahjadie

2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (International): Dare to Explore 2nd Place Winner: Josephine Jennifer Tjahjadie Age 11. Indonesia

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