Nat Geo Photo Contest 2012

Only last month I posted some lovely images from a Traveler Photo Contest run by National Geographic. This month, Nat Geo has started gathering images for their annual Photo Contest 2012. Submissions deadline is November 30th.

The three categories included in this contest are people-places and nature. The grand prize winner receives $10,000 and a trip to Nat Geo HQs.

These images are BREATHTAKING!

Butterfly at sunset: Photographer Toni Guetta submitted this macro shot of a butterfly with the sunset in the background near Hod ha’sharon, Israel. (© Toni Guetta/National Geographic Photo Contest)
The Explosion! The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioral shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favorably on me that day! (© Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Close Encounter of the Insect Kind: Check out the awesome face on this praying mantis. I can’t get over the mouth, it’s like something from a science fiction movie. Of all photographic styles macro is definitely my favorite. I am constantly amazed, in every photo that I take, by the intricate level of detail that exists on even the smallest of creatures. It’s a stark reminder that a very complex and infinitely beautiful world exists just beyond our human-sized level of perception. Photo taken in Donnybrook, Queensland, Australia. (© Andrew Young/National Geographic Photo Contest)
In the Heat of the Moment: British riot troops stand firm against a petrol bomb attack in a street riot in Hampshire, Southern England. (© Kerry Hutchinson/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Shades: This view of the Ladakh range near Lamayuru, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, was encountered on my way to Leh. The colors of these ranges keep on changing as the day progresses. The blue shades of the mountains enveloped by clouds afar added to the natural contrast with the golden hue of sun in front. (© Ankur Sharma/National Geographic Photo Contest)
With a Couple of Jovian and Lunar Lights: Jupiter and the Moon light up the sky above a rock formation near Kitaibaraki City, Japan. (© Dr. Akira Takaue/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Grand Canyon at Dusk: Grand Canyon visitors watch the sunset from a perch on the south side. (© Phil Hawkins/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Grand Canyon at Dusk: Grand Canyon visitors watch the sunset from a perch on the south side. (© Phil Hawkins/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Full Moon setting behind Alps and the Sacra of San Michele: The picture captures the full Moon setting behind the Alps and the Sacra di San Michele, a religious complex situated 1,000 meters up Mount Pirchiriano, some 60 kilometers form Turin, in northern Italy. (© Stefano De Rosa/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Crater Lake Storm at Sunset: A thunderstorm swirls across the water at Crater Lake National Park, as the setting sun creates a rare double rainbow. Taken from Rim Village, approximately 1,000 feet above the lake’s surface, providing a straight-on vantage point of the storm. (© Duke Miller/National Geographic Photo Contest)

Check out the rest of these images in high definition at The Atlantic or head over to the Nat Geo’s contest page. You can also have a look at some 20,000 images from 2011.

Source: The Atlantic

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