By Mike LoomisNational Geographic magazine is launching a new digital photography competition for the world’s richest photographers.
The magazine will select its winner in April, with the winner selected from a pool of 100 applicants.
The competition will take place in May at the annual Bilderberg conference, where Brunner will compete with more than 30 photographers and other experts.
“The winner will receive an annual prize of more than $1 million and access to a world-class studio, offices, facilities, travel and entertainment options,” the magazine said in a statement.
Brunner, 62, was born in Stuttgart, Germany and studied photography at the University of Hamburg before moving to New York in 1987.
In 2012, he was chosen to serve as a senior executive with the United States Geological Survey, an agency that oversees federal geology.
Bridner has also worked as a freelance photographer, traveling extensively to the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
He has worked on the cover of Time magazine, the cover and back cover of Newsweek and appeared in an ad for The New York Times.
“We have to take great risks and push boundaries, and John Bruner’s work is part of that,” said Daniel Stearns, National Geographic’s executive editor-in-chief.
“He has a great eye for detail and a wonderful understanding of the way the world works.”
Bruner is one of only three people in the world to have won the Pulitzer Prize for photography in both categories.
His photographs, published in the magazine in 2008 and 2010, also include portraits of the Dalai Lama, Osama bin Laden, Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, President Obama and other world leaders.
He won the same honor in 2006 for his portraits of Osama bin Ladin and Osama Hussein.
The other two winners were Ken Burns of the PBS television show “Stonewall” and photographer Peter Diamandis of the New York City Museum of Modern Art.