National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Reiko Takahashi’s photo of A humpback whale calf has won her first place in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition. Other honorable mentions and people’s choice winners are shown below.

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Cyclo Knitter

George Barrett-Jones designed and created an automatic knitting machine powered by a stationary bicycle. George takes his contraption to his local train station in Eindhoven, Netherlands and allows people to keep warm while they wait for their train. As the participants pedal the bicycle, a small machine begins to knit a cylindrical scarf right before their eyes. It’s done in minutes and they are on their way with a scarf and a smile.

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The Rainbow Road

Daniel Mercadante has put his spin on long exposure photography. By running through the frame holding a custom lighting rig covered in colored gels, he manifests what he calls the Rainbow Road.

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Water Dancing

AMA – a short film by Julie Gautier from Les films engloutis on Vimeo.

 

Julie Gautier, a deep sea diver and underwater film maker, recently performed and directed this short film AMA. The silent interpretive choreography can be taken in a number of ways. Gautier had this to say about it, “For me, this film is a way to say: you are not alone, open yourself to others, talk about your sufferings and your joys.”

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Open Mind

Johnson Tsang bends the planes of reality and expression until they seamlessly cross over in his newest series, Open Mind.  He uses serene elements of nature as well as natural hand motions to depict the challenge and bliss of opening one’s mind.

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A New View of the Moon

 

“A New View of the Moon” is an educational short directed by Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet. Over a period of 18 months the pair brought their telescope to the streets of Los Angeles to show the city of stars an incredible view of the moon. Despite the wide variety of people who peered through the lense, all had the same reaction of complete awe.

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Behind the Scenes of the Famous Dog Portraits

William Wegman, AKA “The Dog Photographer” has been capturing images of his many Weimaraner dogs since the 1970′s. His most well known series capitalizes on anthropomorphizing man’s best friend. This concept has taken him out of the realm of photography and into that of childrens books, fashion campaigns, and TV shows.

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Dance Dance

 

Film director Thomas Blanchard, of France, is a master in his medium of inks, and oils. His most recent work describes the gentle nature of the seasons, and their dance through time. The incredible detail and beautiful colors immerse you into a microscopic world never seen before.

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Trapped Inside

Super A, an artist from the netherlands, has a new series using paint and sculpture. He depicts normal people and animals trapped inside their pop-culture counterpart.

“Nowadays the most dominant myths we have embraced as an warm blanket of truth are liberty, property and individualism,” said Super A. “We tend to see these as absolute objective truths which suit the best interests of all humanity. But aren’t we just trapped within our cozy reality? And if it’s cozy… Should we even dare to break free?”

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Geronimo Balloons

Jihan Zencirli, AKA Geronimo, is a Los Angeles based artist who constructs sprawling balloon masses. Zencirli began her signature instalments on the outside of buildings in LA. This year, the New York City Balet invited her to add her touch to the Lincoln Center Theater, where the ballet has been performed since 1964.

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