Jassen Todorov. Shadows at Sunrise.

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The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming is not only the largest hot spring in the United States but one of the most magnetic places to view from above. However, taking pictures while flying a plane is rarely straightforward, given the windy conditions and the spring’s location in a high-elevation, mountainous corner of the park.

It is equally as turbulent below ground: Yellowstone contains half of all the world’s known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples, and also has the world’s largest concentration of geysers, more than 500 or two thirds of all those on the planet.

According to recent studies, there is a Super Volcano under the entire park. Yellowstone holds a special place in my heart. It was there that I experienced my initial bolt of energy and inspiration to pursue photography back in 2014.

This year Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park celebrates 150 years since its founding in 1872. This image was taken at sunrise while flying my single-engine 1976 Piper Warrior plane.

Jassen Todorov is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest. His images have been published and featured by National Geographic, the Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail, Metro, Daily Mirror and Digital Photographer (UK) and many more. 

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