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Winner of Google Photography Prize documents the lonelier side of competitive swimming

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Viktor Johansson's images of a competitive swimmer's training regimen have won the grand prize in Google's Photography Prize 2012.

Google Photography Prize 2012
Google Photography Prize 2012

After receiving entries from 20,000 students in 146 countries, Google has a winner for it's 2012 Photography Prize. Viktor Johansson's series of images capturing a competitive swimmer's demanding training regimen took the grand prize, and the 24-year-old student of Sweden's Nordens Fotoskola Biskops-Arnö photography school will now have his work featured in an exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery. Further, he's also won the opportunity to shoot anywhere in the world with the assistance of a professional photography coach, according to Google.

The contest from the folks in Mountain View, CA was open to students in higher education aged 18 years or older. 100 of the best shots were picked out and narrowed down to ten finalists: Kyrre Lien's "Point of View" collection was a favorite of ours among the runners up. Criteria used in judging included creativity, innovative use of the medium, and how well an entrant represented his or her chosen category. Google has put together a gallery highlighting the best work of the competition at the source below.