Taking the $100,000 top prize was this poignant image by Karine Aigner, which shows Tarzan the chimp being teased by children at an animal sanctuary in Indiana. Tarzan was raised as a performer but will live out the rest of his life behind glass.
Some of the world’s top photographers competed in a new international competition to raise awareness of conservation issues. The Mexico City-based Por el Planeta competition awarded $300,000 across 22 prizes, in categories for professionals, amateurs, youth, and specific types of photos, from underwater to depictions of Mexico.
The Por el Planeta competition opened in March. There were nearly 30,000 photos submitted by nearly 3,000 photographers from 88 countries.
“We believe photography is more than just light, beautiful pictures or perfect proportions,” photographer and contest director Cristina Mittermeier said when launching the competition. “It is also a vehicle for real change.”
Money raised from the contest entrance fees help support conservation. The National Geographic Society is a media partner.