National Geographic : 2015 Sep
VISIONS National Geographic Photography Contest Best in Show People from 135 countries submitted more than 9,000 images to last year’s National Geographic Photography Contest, our annual collection of readers’ top shots judged by the magazine’s photo editors and photographers. The judges selected winners in the categories of People (this page), Places, and Nature (next page). The winning images convey a sense of place and time, capturing unique moments in inventive ways. “They were layered and nuanced and invited the viewer to think,” says Monica Corcoran, director of both the photo contest and the Your Shot community. For the photo below, grand-prize winner Brian Yen received $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, D.C . PEOPLE Brian Yen Hong Kong, China On a hot day in Hong Kong, people crowded into an air-conditioned train. When the lights dimmed, one young woman stood out, lost in the glow of her own digital world. O To enter this year’s contest, go to ngphotocontest.com.