English-Language Edition Winner: Nature
By Wendy Erlendson, Canada
"Although I am scared of cows, they seem to like me! Luckily I can get close enough from behind a fence!" said Erlendson, who shot the winning nature photo in the National Geographic Society's 2008 International Photography Contest, English-language edition.
"It's the knowing and sophisticated look of the cow at the photographer and the viewer" that makes this photo so special, said judge Susan Welchman, National Geographic
magazine senior photo editor.
For Monica Corcoran, senior photo producer at National Geographic Digital Media, it's a "perfectly lit portrait that brings a creativity and a uniqueness to something quite ordinary."
Photograph by Wendy Erlendson