A canceled trek turned into the opportunity of a lifetime for photographer Aaron Lim Boon Teck, who captured an active Indonesian volcano in his image "Eruption of Gunung Rinjani."
"Trekkers [who] were able to make it up to the crater rim on time [were] able to camp overnight to witness the eruption [the] whole night long," Boon Teck, of Singapore, wrote with his submission to the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest. "I wanted to share with everyone this experience of seeing many elements going on at a particular point in time."
Contest judge Joel Sartore said, "This image best represented the craft of photography.
"Not only is the light subtle and beautiful, and not only is it a lovely scene, but there's a volcanic eruption going on in the background," said Sartore, a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine.
National Geographic magazine senior photo editor and judge Sadie Quarrier noted that combining multiple images into one stitched image "gives us a wide, powerful, and unique view."
As the grand-prize winner, Boon Teck's photograph will be published in National Geographic magazine. He'll also receive U.S. $10,000 and a trip to attend a photography seminar at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.