Ijtema photo wins Nat Geo prize

Johny Hoque
Published : 13:43, Jun 14, 2019 | Updated : 13:55, Jun 14, 2019

Photograph by Sandipani Chattopadhyay/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo ContestSandipani Chattopadhyay won in the 3rd place of the cities category in 2019 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest for a picture dubbed ‘Streets of Dhaka’, reports CNN.

The picture shows people praying on the street in Dhaka during Ijtema.

Judged by a panel of expert photographers and National Geographic staff, the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest received thousands of entries in three different categories: Nature, Cities and People.

Photograph by Chu Weimin/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo ContestA snowy fishing village in Greenland, a vulture soaring through the sky in Spain, and a trio of actors gearing up for opera performance in China all make up the award winners in the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year awards.

Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the annual pilgrimage of Hajj, is held every year on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi at the outskirts of Dhaka. Millions of Muslims attend the event during this time, the photographer explains in her caption.

Weimin Chu was named Grand Prize winner and also took first place in the Cities category for his stunning image "Greenlandic Winter," which showcases the colourful fishing village of Upernavik, in northwestern Greenland, covered in snow.

Photograph by Huaifeng Li/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo ContestAs for the People category, Huaifeng Li took first place with a beautiful photograph, entitled "Showtime," of a group of actors getting ready for opera performance in Licheng County in China's Shanxi Province.

The freelance photographer says he spent all day with the performers in order to capture the shot.

Photograph by Tamara Blazquez Haik/2019 National Geographic Travel Photo ContestMeanwhile, Tamara Blazquez Haik scored first place in the Nature category for her image, named "Tender Eyes," depicting a griffon vulture circling the skies in Monfragüe National Park in Spain.

"How can anyone say vultures bring bad omens when looking at such tenderness in this griffon vulture's eyes?" she says of her image.

There were nine winners in total, three in each category, as well as two honourable mentions.