On July 26, National Geographic proudly announced the winners of the contest. The picture to the left, Alaska's Yukon River Delta, came in second place just behind Gotland, Sweden's "starry night," an exceptional image likened to the Van Gogh painting.
The Yukon Delta image is a burst of color, featuring brilliant pink and orange tones giving it a biological appearance. National Geographic writes:
The Yukon River Delta, one of the world's largest, looks like a sinewy organ in a 2002 picture. The river begins in the Canadian province of British Columbia and crosses through the Yukon Territory and Alaska before emptying into the Being Sea.