People Winner (2010 National Geographic Photography Contest)
Photo and caption by Chan-Kwok Hung
An Indonesian famer and his buffalo charge through the mud in “Buffalo Race,” and image that contest judge Joel Sartore called “an epic scene.”
Farmers literally put a lot of stock into winning these annual races, which they believe will bring them luck during the upcoming growing season, according to photographer Chan Kwok Hung of Hong Kong.
National Geographic magazine senior photo editor and judge Sadie Quarrier praised the image as “nicely composed, very real moment.”
“I’m immediately drawn to the expression on the guy’s face, with his open mouth and tightly squeezed eyes as if he’s barely holding on.”
Freelance photographer and judge Stephen Alvarez called the photo “high action perfectly captured. Sometimes photography is all about the moment.”
Added Sartore, a freelance photographer, “peak action, interesting subject matter, and a soft background all combined to make this image a winner.”