On a daily basis National Geographic pulls together some of the world's most compelling nature, wildlife, space and cultural photographs. On a yearly basis, it holds a contest to choose the best one, the candidates for which we reported on earlier this month.
Now, the results are in and the $10,000 grand prize goes to "Splashing" by Shikhei Goh.
The Early Show has more on the winning photograph:
National Geographic reports that Goh, who took the photo on the Indonesian Riau Islands, could have missed out on the shot if he worried enough about getting his camera wet. But, as National Geographic goes on to note, "superb lighting" from the sudden rainstorm trumped the potential for damaged equipment.
Here's what some judges said of the photograph:
"You can almost feel the dragonfly's experience of bracing itself against the weather," said judge Amy Toensing. "When I look at it, I want to say, Hold on tight little buddy!"
The insect's plight also appealed to judge Peter Essick, who said the photograph gives the dragonfly a "character us humans can relate to."
"It's rare indeed to see a photograph that causes the viewer to feel a bond with a member of the animal world seemingly," Essick said, "but maybe not, so unlike our own."
"Splashing" also won overall best picture in the Nature category. Check out the photographs garnering honorable mentions in the Nature category here.
See other category winners here.