The winners of the 2018 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest have been announced. This year, the grand prize went to a shot of thousands of recalled Volkswagen and Audi cars sitting idle in the Mojave Desert in California. Jassen Todorov, a violinist, and professor of music at San Francisco State University, whose aerial shot shows a vast boneyard in Southern California’s the Mojave Desert. His photo beat out nearly 10,000 entries to claim the grand prize, earning him $5,000.
Originally a concert violinist, Todorov started flying in the early 2000s before becoming a flight instructor and aerial photographer.
Meanwhile, winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions were also named across Places, Wildlife, and People categories.
A New Look, Alison Langevad
Aigerim- The Eagle Huntress, Diana Ishii
An Astonishing Chase, Thomas Vijayan
An Overcrowded Train Journey, Noor Ahmed Gelal
At The End Of The Rainbow, Joshua Galicki
Baby Teeth, Yaron Schmid
Best Friends, Heather Nicole
Breast Cancer, Huey Kidd
Breathing, Bence Mate
Cotton Candy, Fog Waves, David Odisho
Curiosity, Marcus Hennen
Deep Snow, Jonas Beyer
Discovering The Hidden Face Of Yucatan, Guillaume Nery
Embearassed, Taylor Thomas Albright
Enduring Spirit, Derek Jerrell
Firefall In Yosemite Valley, Sarah Bethea
Flamenco Del Caribe Salinera Salsol, Fernanda Linage