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Headstone by Tadhg Verdier

The UK edition of National Geographic Kids magazine is delighted to announce the overall winner of the National Geographic Photography Contest for Kids 2015.

Eleven-year-old Tadhg Verdier, from Co. Dublin in Ireland, scooped the prestigious award with a photograph he took of his little sister for the Weird but True category, entitled Headstone.

The competition was judged by award-winning children’s TV presenters Sam and Mark, celebrity adventurer Helen Skelton, and renowned National Geographic photographer Reza.

“We love Tadhg’s photo so much,” said Sam and Mark. “The colours are great. We love the fact his sister’s red hair matches the red pebbles. It’s odd, funny and fits the category perfectly!” Helen Skelton added: “His photo really makes me smile!”

Tadhg has won a fantastic nine-day family holiday to Costa Rica in Central America, courtesy of The Family Adventure Company. There, he’ll hike through the rainforest, go white-water rafting, swim in the Pacific Ocean and see tropical wildlife.

“I was absolutely gobsmacked when I got the news!” said Tadhg. “I feel brilliant.”

The three other category winners were:

Evie Clark, 12, for her photograph Betsy the Explorer in the Dare to Explore category
Josh Field, 8, for We Three Kings, entered in the Amazing Animals category
Isabella Barbaro, 14, for her Hot Not Bothered picture in the Wild Vacation category.

All four young photographers have won a Jessops Academy photography course, a waterproof Nikon S33 camera and goodies from Jessops.

“Yet again, I’ve been really impressed by the talent of Nat Geo Kids readers!” said Reza.

Tim Herbert, Editor of National Geographic Kids, revealed: “The quality of entries this year was truly exceptional. There are some fantastic young photographers out there, so our judges had a really tough job choosing their winners. Well done to everyone who entered!”

The photos taken by Tadhg, Evie, Josh and Isabella will have another chance of winning, as they’ll all be entered into the National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids. Their pictures will be judged alongside those taken by young photographers from other international editions of National Geographic Kids. The overall international winner will scoop a trip to Washington D.C., USA, and a special tour of National Geographic’s headquarters!

All four category winners’ photographs feature in issue 120 of Nat Geo Kids magazine,
on sale 9 December 2015. A gallery of winning and shortlisted images is on the Nat Geo Kids website:

Information about the winning images

Weird but True
Category winner and overall winner of the National Geographic Photography Contest for Kids 2015
Headstone – by Tadhg Verdier, 11, from Dun Laoghaire in Ireland
Tadhg captured this quirky picture of his cute little sister after she’d been buried under the sparkling stones of Ballyhillin Beach in Co. Donegal, Ireland, by her dad.

Dare to Explore
Betsy the Explorer – by Evie Clark, 12, from Ilkley
Evie took this atmospheric photo of her dog, Betsy, as she enjoyed the scenery on Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire.

Amazing Animals
We Three Kings – by Josh Field, 8, from Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands
Josh’s perfectly-timed picture was taken at Volunteer Point in the Falkland Islands. He crouched down and waited for the wild king penguins to waddle by.

Wild Vacation
Hot Not Bothered – by Isabella Barbaro, 14, from North London
Snapped at London’s Southbank on a hot day, Isabella’s image of a stranger playing in the fountains sums up the summer holidays brilliantly.

Notes to editors

National Geographic Kids
With 20 local editions around the world and a global circulation of more than 1.7 million, National Geographic Kids is the world’s biggest-selling monthly children’s magazine. Creature Media publishes the print editions of Nat Geo Kids magazine in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, together with associated websites in each country.
Our readers are boys and girls aged six to 13.
To find out more and to subscribe to the UK edition, visit

The Family Adventure Company
To find out more about this incredible trip to Costa Rica and to read about other exciting family holidays, head to

Visit to learn more about Jessops’ amazing Academy Photography Courses

For information about the competition and to request hi-res images, contact:
Georgia Harrison 0207 014 3760
Peter Johnson 0207 014 3758

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