Shikhei Goh’s “Splashing” won the grand-prize in  National Geographic’s 2011 Photo Contest:

Arrows of rain seem to pelt a dragonfly in Indonesia’s Riau Islands in Shikhei Goh’s winning image, “Splashing.”

A sudden rainstorm left Goh with a tough decision: Get his camera wet, or take advantage of the “superb lighting,” he wrote with his submission to the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest.

He took the picture, resulting in a “very striking macrophotography image that rose to the top of the nature category for me because of its originality, beautiful light, rare action in a close-up image, as well as its technical perfection,” said Tim Laman, one of three National Geographic magazine photographers who judged the contest.

“You can almost feel the dragonfly’s experience of bracing itself against the weather,” said judge Amy Toensing. “When I look at it, I want to say, Hold on tight little buddy!”

See the rest of the winners here. If you’re so-inclined, you can check out the rest of the entries here.

“Splashing” is just a stupendous looking photo. It’s almost inconceivable.

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