color photograph of a man in front of Taj Mahal

People Award Editors' Picks of October 2021

“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”
— Anonymous

Following the results of last month’s People competition judged by National Geographic editor Elizabeth Krist, we would like to share some of the competition entries that didn’t make the final selection, but impressed and intrigued us with their overall quality.

Dancers performing a traditional ritual in Papua New Guinea; young nuns in Myanmar; a sulfur miner in Indonesia; Japanese men braving the cold winter at Okayama’s Hadaka Matsuri Festival; two picadors in a Spanish arena, and more: we’re delighted to present the work of 15 international image-makers who have captured the fascinating cultural diversity of our planet, with honesty, artistry, and skill.

Congratulations to all selected artists: Yosh Hase, Candy Lopesino, Joaquin Barata, F.Dilek Uyar, Michelle Bruzzese-Eggleston, Ivelina Berova, Dan Nelken, Kars Tuinder, Geffrard Bourke, Alessandra Squarzon, Roman Jehanno, Ilenia Brunelli, Kathleen Gerber, Jack Lawson, Arun Hegden,

Monthly Photo Contest

color photo of a boy in a train in India by Jose Carpintero
© Jose Carpintero

2022 Travel AWARD Deadline: 31 August 2022

Competition Judge: STEVE MCCURRY

When traveling, the only way to discover the rhythm of life of a place is to experience it. Each place we visit has its own particular look, ambiance, and atmosphere. Understanding its people, customs and traditions is vital and there’s always something unique to capture.

This summer we want to see images that communicate the life of a place in all its splendor and trigger our memories. Whatever the subject may be: Street, Portrait, Landscape, Documentary… We want to share your journey, visually and intellectually – Let’s travel together!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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