The National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Places Winner

"Into the Green Zone"
Photo and caption by George Tapan taken in Onuk Island, Balabac Palawan, Philippines

It's been a good year for Pinoy Photographers for winning prestigious Photo Contest like Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk 2011 (Sir Jaime Cesar) and now Sir George Tapan for winning in the Places Category  in the recent National Geographic Photo Contest 2011

In behalf of Lakbay LENTE, I would like to congratulate Sir George Tapan an experienced Pinoy Photographer and Author from Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

There were more than 20,000 photographs submitted for three categories: People, Places and Nature. And his winning photo was chosen by respected judges from the National Geographic Magazine. The photo has a composition of a rainbow arches over the Philippines' Onuk Island in Balabac Palawan after a rainstorm. It was entitled "Into the Green Zone".

Here's the judges word of appreciation:

Photographer George Tapan "showed a perfect sense of timing and composition in the way he captured the two small human subjects in this beautiful scene, and that really made the shot," noted judge Tim Laman.

The "very moody, beautifully composed" image, called "Into the Green Zone," compellingly shows a sense of place via the dark clouds, rainbows, the spot of pink amid a palette of blues and greens, and the woman's flowing hair, said judge Amy Toensing.

Peter Essick was also captivated by the detail of the woman's hair. It only "fills a fraction of the picture's real estate, but by capturing the movement at the apex, the photographer has documented a sense of style and flair," he said.

Overall, the picture shows that "small things can sometimes make a big difference."

Visit National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 for more photos.


  1. congratulation!....proud to be pinoy!

  2. congrats po! itayo bandera ng mga blagero!

    exchange links?

  3. Well deserved win. The photo an beckon even the most jaded backpacker.


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