6th Annual Photo Contest Winners and Finalists

See the winning photos from our 2008 contest

FINALIST: Altered Images
Silhouette
London, England • Photographed April 2006 Kim Taylor
FINALIST: Altered Images
Hotel Ipanema
Porto, Portugal • Photographed April 2006 Ricardo Leal
FINALIST: Altered Images
Sattler Theatre
Buffalo, New York • Photographed March 2007 Ali Shah
FINALIST: Altered Images
Canna Leaves
Poughkeepsie, New York • Photographed September 2008 Russ Martin
FINALIST: Altered Images
A Philippine native tour guide on Mt. Pinatubo
Tarlac, Philippines • Photographed November 2006 Samuel De Leon
FINALIST: Altered Images
Rumex crispus seed
Prague • Photographed August 2007 via scanning electron microscopy Viktor Sykora
FINALIST: Altered Images
A small waterfall by Ruckel Creek
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon • Photographed May 2008 Zeb Andrews
FINALIST: Altered Images
The London Eye on a rainy day
London, England • Photographed March 2007 Emily Steinbeigle
FINALIST: Altered Images
The Old Glassworks
Szklarska Poreba, Poland • Photographed September 2008 Robert Pietraga
WINNER: Altered
A toucan on black
National Zoo in Washington, D.C. • Photographed July 2008
"I just love birds. They have such great personalities," says Abbott, who visited the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. to photograph the animals. "The toucan really stood out, with those vivid colors and the large bill," she says. "I spent more time at his exhibit than any other in the zoo. He seemed to be posing just for me." Pat Abbott
FINALIST: Americana
Route 66 restaurant at night
Rt. 66, New Mexico • Photographed May 2008 Brian Rickards
FINALIST: Americana
Broken Barn
La Grande, Oregon • Photographed July 2008 Daniel Berman
FINALIST: Americana
Night Bus
Manhattan, New York • Photographed July 2008 Dina Litovsky
FINALIST: Americana
The littlest cowboy at the National Western Stock Show
Denver, Colorado • Photographed January 2006 Marc Piscotty
FINALIST: Americana
Outdoor Antiques
Gleeson, Arizona • Photographed August 2007 Robert Jensen
FINALIST: Americana
Silence and solitude on the late night, Bronx-bound subway
New York City, New York • Photographed April 2008 Mark Hendron
WINNER: Americana
A ride at the Virginia State Fair
Henrico County, Virginia • Photographed October 2008 Gordon Stillman
FINALIST: Natural World
A reindeer corral in a Gabna Sami village
Kiruna, Sweden • Photographed January 2007 David Bacher
FINALIST: Natural World
Where is freedom?
Rădăuţi, Romania • Photographed January 2007 Ghioc Tudor
FINALIST: Natural World
A Great Egret fishing in shallow waters
Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tennessee • Photographed July 2007 Don Holland
READER'S CHOICE
Window to the old chapel
Taos, New Mexico • Photographed October 2007
The first San Geronimo Mission in Taos, New Mexico, was destroyed during an 1847 uprising. "From one of the damaged walls," says Monakil, "the view of the cemetery serves as a reminder of the more than 150 people who perished during the revolt." The remnants of the Spanish church stand tall, "as if still protecting its parishoners." Dan Monakil
FINALIST: Natural World
Chinstrap penguins climbing an iceberg
Antarctica • Photographed January 2007 Isobel Wayrick
FINALIST: Natural World
Devil City sunset
Xinjiang, China • Photographed September 2006 Jia Han Dong
FINALIST: Natural World
Portrait of a pig on exhibit at the New Mexico State Fair
Albuquerque, New Mexico • Photographed September 2006 Marc Piscotty
FINALIST: Natural World
Chinese Poppy
Barnet, Vermont • Photographed June 2008 Lynne Guimond Findlay
FINALIST: Natural World
A tiger underwater
Vallejo, California • Photographed July 2008 Pam Wood
FINALIST: Natural World
Forest fire remains
Kootenay National Park, Alberta, Canada • Photographed January 2006 Paul Colangelo
WINNER: Natural World
A starfish greets the sun after a hurricane
Kiawah Island, South Carolina • Photographed October 2006
Walking the beach after a strong storm struck Kiawah Island, S.C., Pendred found a starfish washed ashore, its arm gently uplifted. "In my mind," he recalls, "I thought that was a cry for help, or maybe it was just trying to say, 'Hello, please try not to step on me.' I took a few photos and then picked him up and laid him back in the water." Brandon Pendred
FINALIST: People
Room 11
Montreal, Canada • Photographed February 2008 Daphne Caron
FINALIST: People
Walk on Water
Uyuni, Bolivia • Photographed January 2008 Hayden Carlyon
FINALIST: People
An old Himachali man smoking at a local festival
Shimla, India • Photographed September 2008 Himanshu Khagta
FINALIST: People
Bus station guardian angels
Romania • Photographed July 2007 Horia Popan
FINALIST: People
A Vietnamese woman selling flowers on the streets of Hoi An
Hoi An, Vietnam • Photographed February 2008 Nara Rocha
FINALIST: People
Aliwan Festival
Manila, Philippines • Photographed May 2008 Rodolfo Vicente
FINALIST: People
A man working in a cast-iron workshop
Khulna, Bangladesh • Photographed July 2008 Shaikh Mohir Uddin
WINNER: people
Buffer-class passengers
Chittagong, Bangladesh • Photographed January 2008
"I took this photo while traveling on this train's rooftop,” says Adnan. "In a country like Bangladesh, there are many people who live beside the railway and the railway becomes part and parcel of their lives." Those who could not afford to buy a ticket clambered on top with Andan or teetered between coaches. Wahid Adnan
FINALIST: People
A man washing in Malowi
Malowi, Africa • Photographed March 2006 Jayson Carpenter
FINALIST: People
Three kids play soccer in Havana
Havana, Cuba • Photographed August 2006 Olivier Douliery
FINALIST: Travel
Erik in the World’s Greatest Store
London, England • Photographed December 2006 Edward Schonsett
FINALIST: Travel
Jujing Village
Guangxi Province, China • Photographed November 2007 Hai Yang
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
In the early morning, fishermen clean their nets by Erhai Lake
Yunnan, China • Photographed October 2008
Ensing and the Chinese fishermen he shot that day did not share a common tongue, but that didn't matter. The language of photography proved universal. "I asked the fishermen if it was OK to take some shots. (In other words, I held up my camera and showed them my most friendly grin.) For more than a half-hour, I made my pictures." Johan Ensing
FINALIST: Travel
After a hard night's work at sea, a fisherman collects the rope that ties the nets
Digha, West Bengal, India • Photographed August 2008 Kushal Gangopadhyay
FINALIST: Travel
A mountain dwarfs a passenger boat in the Three Gorges area of the Yangzi River
Yangzi River, China • Photographed January 2007 Shelby Karns
FINALIST: Travel
Copper Artisan
Mudurnu, Turkey • Photographed December 2007 Kani Polat
FINALIST: Travel
Ganga Arati
Varanasi, India • Photographed September 2006 Soumyadip Ghosh
FINALIST: Travel
Michel Frazier plays in the fields next to her trailer
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota • Photographed September 2007 Svetlana Bahchevanova
FINALIST: Travel
Ancestral Pueblo Indian Kiva
Mesa Verde, Colorado • Photographed October 2008 Stephen Oachs
WINNER: Travel
Dining in Gion
Kyoto, Japan • Photographed January 2008
Strolling through Kyoto's Gion district, Bratosin looked up and saw the brightly lit restaurant. He felt as if he were peering into a dollhouse carefully arranged with figures inside. "I've looked at this restaurant as the perfect representation of the mixture of traditional and modern, which is present everywhere in Kyoto," he says. Bogdan Bratosin