You helped us choose 32 competitors, and now you have chosen a champion. More than 930,000 votes were cast in five rounds, and the winner of Tournament Earth 2021 is a photograph of Lake Van, Turkey. The image was suggested by readers in February 2021 and it was slotted as the #8 seed in the Tranquility bracket. Shot by astronaut Kate Rubins in September 2016, the photo shows part of one of the largest alkaline lakes in the world.
Thank you for participating in our tournament, for sharing your ideas, and for cheering for your images on social media. The tournament may be over, but be sure to come back as we bring you a new view of our home planet every day of the year. If you really like astronaut photos, come back for a new one every weekend. Also check out our EO Explorer tool to see if we have captured any views of your part of the world.
If you want to learn about the experience of observing the Earth from the International Space Station or about how astronauts are trained to observe our planet, watch our Picturing Earth video series. To view other photos shot from the space station, visit the EO Astronaut Photography Collection and the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.
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