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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

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The winners of the 2014 National Geographic Photography Contest have been announced. More than 9,200 photographs were entered from over 150 countries in three categories: people, places and nature. The Grand Prize Winner (above) will receive $10,000 and a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar.

Grand Prize and People Winner

Photo and caption by Brian Yen / National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest 

“A Node Glows in the Dark”

In the last ten years, mobile data, smartphones and social networks have forever changed our existence. Although this woman stood at the center of a jam-packed train, the warm glow from her phone told the strangers around her that she wasn't really there. She managed to slip away from "here" for a short moment; she's a node flickering on the social web, roaming the Earth, free as a butterfly. Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here; we're free to run away, and run we will.

Location: Hong Kong

© Brian Yen/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
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