Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 have just been announced! Out of more than 9,000 entries, the photo titled A Node Glows in the Dark nabbed the top spot. An eerie glow comes over the girl in the center of the photo, who's consumed by her smartphone. It's the sign of the times. The photographer of that image, Ben Yen of Hong Kong, told National Geographic, "I feel a certain contradiction when I look at the picture. On the one hand, I feel the liberating gift of technology. On the other hand, I feel people don’t even try to be neighborly anymore, because they don’t have to."
Photographers from more than 150 countries submitted their photos into three categories: people, places and nature. The grand prize winner, Ben Yen, receives $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in their annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. The first place winner in each category takes home $2,500 and his or her winning photograph will be published in the prestigious National Geographic magazine.
Our favorite category, above and beyond, was Nature. From National Geographic's Honorable Mentions, here are our favorites. Congrats to all the winners!