National Geographic Kids Announces Grand-Prize Winner of International Photography Contest for Kids

Photo by Logan Wagner / National Geographic Kids International Photography Contest

With his photo titled “Bridge of Mystery,” 13-year-old Logan Wagner has captured the grand prize in the U.S. competition of the National Geographic Kids International Photography Contest, winning an eight-day National Geographic Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks Family Adventure.

Wagner’s photo was selected from nearly 3,000 U.S. entries from young photographers across four categories: Amazing Animals (photos of pets, zoo animals or wild animals); Dare to Explore (photos of outdoor scenery); Weird But True (photos that capture something odd or funny); and Wild Vacation (photos taken during vacation travels).

Open to children ages 6 to 14, the four category winners in the U.S. competition were:

  • Kathryn Kovacic, 9, Kennesaw, Georgia — Amazing Animals
  • Logan Wagner, 13, Cornelius, North Carolina — Dare to Explore
  • Chase Rodi, 13, San Diego, California — Weird But True
  • Henry Downing, 11, McCamey, Texas — Wild Vacation

The photos from each of the four U.S. category winners, along with the worldwide grand-prize winner, will be featured in the May 2016 U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine, reaching approximately four million U.S. readers.

“Photography is an excellent way for people — and especially kids — to show their perspective on the world. What they produce is eye-catching, inventive and sometimes surprising, and we continue to be impressed by the contest entries,” said Rachel Buchholz, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Kids magazine (U.S.). “This year, we not only expanded our contest to Australia/New Zealand and Portugal, but we also received the largest number of entries in the worldwide competition. It’s encouraging to see kids actively participating in photography and engaged in the world around them.”

In the worldwide contest, 13-year-old Senne Mensink from the Netherlands won the 2015 International Photography Contest grand prize for her close-up portrait of a grasshopper peeking through a leaf. She has won a five-day, four-night trip to Washington, D.C., and a tour of National Geographic headquarters.

The worldwide competition was conducted in partnership with the U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine and 11 local-language editions. This year’s worldwide winning photos were selected from more than 17,500 entries — an increase from last year’s program — from the United States, Australia/New Zealand, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Each country held a national contest and, in the final round, sent one photo from each of the four categories to National Geographic headquarters for judging in the worldwide contest.

The four category winners in the worldwide competition of the International Photography Contest were:

  • Senne Mensink, 13, Netherlands — Amazing Animals
  • Radostina Georgieva Todorova, 8, Bulgaria — Dare to Explore
  • Tadhg Verdier, 11, Ireland — Weird But True
  • Henry Downing, 11, United States — Wild Vacation.

To view the grand-prize-winning image and other top images from the international contest, visit

National Geographic Kids magazine launched in the United States in 1975 as National Geographic World magazine. There are now 17 local-language editions, the most recent being the Portuguese edition, which launched in December 2015, and the Australia/New Zealand edition, which debuted in June 2015. Other local-language editions are available in Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa (Afrikaans and English), Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. National Geographic Kids has a worldwide circulation of approximately 1.6 million.

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