Grand Prize and Nature Prize Winning National Geographic Photo of 2011


I’ve always had a huge interest in photography (kudos to my mom getting me hooked years ago). In my years at Technikon Pretoria (now called the Tswane University of Technology) and the years following them I became known as “the guy with the camera”. Some friends critized me for taking so many photos of them, but came back asking me for photos after they realized that I was the only one documenting some of the best years of our lives. Nowadays I take a lot of photos at parties, live music shows and festivals. I think its safe to say that Photography is definitely one of my passions. Seeing the work of great band photographers (like Sean Brand, Liam Lynch, AJ Howard and others) and some of the photos taken at various locations around the globe that are uploaded regularly on the Boston Big Picture website inspires me to get better at my craft.

A while ago Boston Big Picture uploading the winning photos for the National Geographic Photography Contest for 2011. Today’s Daily Cool Photo was the Grand Prize and Nature Prize Winner in the Contest. It was taken by Shikhei Goh in Batam on the Riau Islands of Indonesia. The photo is entitled “Splashing”. According to the photographer “This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects, as I normally did during macro photo hunting. I wasn’t actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take a picture of it, it suddenly rained, but the lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain. The result caused me to be overjoyed, and I hope it pleases viewers.” Well, Shikhei, its a bloody awesome shot if you ask me (and I’m sure most of the readers of this blog will agree).

Splashing-by-Shikhei-Goh-720x539 Grand Prize and Nature Prize Winning National Geographic Photo of 2011

Watch this space for daily updates in the Photography and Babes categories on Running Wolf’s Rant. Yesterday a photo featuring Pretoria band Isochronous on stage @ Arcade Empire was the Daily Cool Photo, feel free to check it out. Feedback is appreciated and welcome, so feel free to comment on anything that you might find interesting here.

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