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2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE MAY 25, 2016 PERMITTED USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of the 2016 National Geographic Bee. Copying, distribution, archiving, sublicensing, sale, or resale of the image is prohibited. REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: Any and all image uses must (1) bear the copyright notice, (2) be properly credited to the relevant photographer, as shown in this metadata, and (3) be accompanied by a caption which makes reference to the 2016 National Geographic Bee. DEFAULT: Failure to comply with the prohibitions and requirements set forth above will obligate the individual or entity receiving this image to pay a fee determined by National Geographic. Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic Standing with National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary E. Knell are the top three winners of this year’s competition, Rishi Nair of Florida (center) took first place, winning a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society and a Lindblad expedition to southeast Alaska aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, including a stop at Glacier Bay National Park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service ; Kapil Nathan of Alabama (left) finished third and won a $10,000 college scholarship; and Saketh Jonnalagadda of Massachusetts (right) clinched second place and a $25,000 scholarship...

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