Washington Post is choosing winning photos in its 2021 National Geographic contest. Can you spot your favorite?

Two photographers who won The Washington Post’s 2017 Excellence in Photography Awards have been selected as winning titles in the paper’s 2021 Historic Photograph of the Year contest. (Awards will be presented in a gala celebration in April, as Washington celebrates the nation’s 250th birthday.) The Honorable Mention winners in the first two categories, iconic and nature, are:


1st place, Hoppers

2nd place, Zookeeper

1st place, Man Who Took the Whistle


1st place, Shepeck Trio

2nd place, Oswald Bronstein and his dog

1st place, Over the Falls


1st place, Blue Ridge Mountains

2nd place, The Purple Cow

1st place, Octaustine Leaves

Judge’s Citation: A naturalist standing in front of a vast expanse of plants rising up over a deeper and deeper void, men in black-and-white formal dress making a fine angle shot of one of the females.

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