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February 22, 2023

Indian-American wins National Geographic's "Pictures of the Year" Contest

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Photo: A bald eagle arrives to steal a perch on a tree log that offers a strategic view of the shoreline at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Alaska. When other eagles drag freshly caught salmon from the water, these bystanders swoop in to take a share. “Hours of observing their patterns and behavior helped me capture moments like these,” says photographer Karthik Subramaniam, a software engineer passionate about wildlife photography. Photograph by Karthik Subramaniam. Image provided by & copyright © National Geographic.

WASHINGTON, DC (February 20, 2023) - Karthik Subramaniam, an Indian-origin software engineer in the US and a hobbyist photographer, has won the prestigious National Geographic’s “Pictures of The Year” award with his photograph titled “Dance of the Eagles.”

Selected from nearly five thousand entries, National Geographic today revealed the grand-prize winner of the Pictures of the Year photo contest. Tied to the brand’s annual Pictures of the Year list featuring National Geographic’s top images of the year — 118 out of more than 2 million total — the photo contest invited aspiring photographers from across the country to submit their favorite image captured in 2022, broken into four categories: Nature, People, Places and Animals.

After a rigorous vetting process by a team of seasoned Nat Geo photo editors, Karthik Subramaniam’s “Dance of the Eagles” photo was named grand-prize winner. The software engineer-turned-hobbyist photographer’s winning image depicts a bald eagle battling its fellows for a prime spot on a tree in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Alaska.

“Every November, hundreds of bald eagles gather at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska, to feast on salmon. I visited there last two Novembers to photograph them,” says Subramaniam. “Studying their behavior patterns helped me anticipate some of their actions. For example, when an eagle drags salmon to a dry spot, other eagles would inevitably fly there to claim their share, leading to chaotic action. They also seemed to have some favorite spots to hang out, and usually, commotion ensues when an eagle wants an already occupied spot. This photo was taken during one such commotion.”

In recognition of his work, Subramaniam will have his photo featured in the May issue of National Geographic magazine alongside Nat Geo’s leading photographers and receive a six-month digital subscription.

National Geographic selected nine additional photos as honorable mention winners: Alex Berger, An Li, Bruce Taubert, Eric Esterle, Rhez Solano, Riten Dharia, Tayfun Coskun, Tihomir Trichkov, and W. Kent Williamson. The honorable mention winners will be showcased on National Geographic’s Your Shot Instagram page to more than 6.5 million followers, in addition to receiving a six-month digital subscription to the magazine.

To see the complete gallery of winners, visit

Source: National Geographic

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