Stunning Entries From The National Geographic Photo Contest

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National Geographic is currently accepting photo submissions for its annual National Geographic Photography Contest.

Over 20,000 photos by professional and amateur photographers from 130 countries competed in three categories — people, places and nature — last year.

The top winner will be selected among the finalists in these groups and will be awarded $10,000 among other coveted prizes.

The guidelines for entries require that photographs are un-manipulated and real, and that capture those special moments in time.The contest ends on November 30.

Nat Geo was kind enough to share with us some of its editors’ favourite images that are in the running.

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content=”‘I was captured by the scenery before I got my camera out of my bag. In the foreground a soldier in his bunker and in the background a ferris wheel that looked like it had been [shot] at. The contrasting dualism in the image [struck] me before I took the picture. Square/round, adult world/child world, war/peace. Unfortunately I was arrested since I was not allowed to take photos of the military, but I managed to show them a cropped version on my camera screen, displaying only the ferris wheel.’

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content=”‘Baby of elephant seal relaxing on the beach.’

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content=”‘The heavens are about to open. A sunbather can’t decide whether to make a dash or stay and hope the clouds pass.’

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content=”‘Govinda players gather together under Dahi Handi to making a human pyramid to catch and then break an earthen pot high in the air with the help of a rope, in order to win the set prizes. — Janmashtami and Dahi Haandi was celebrated in Mumbai. Govindas (young men) form a human pyramid to reach the dahi handi and try to break it in a bid to win prizes.’

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content=”‘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 behavioural 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 favourably on me that day!’

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content=”‘A race that follows in the path of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen brings the contestants to the Hardangervidda Mountainplateu, Norway. 100km across the plateau, the exact same route Amundsen used to prepare for his South Pole expedition in 1911 is still used by explorers today. Amundsen did not manage to cross the plateau and had to turn back because of bad weather. He allegedly said that the attempt to cross Hardangervidda was just as dangerous and hard as the conquering of the South Pole.

The group in the picture used the race as preparations for an attempt to cross Greenland.’

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content=”‘This Sargassum Frog Fish was in a net floating of the Kona coast. These are rare fish for us to see here so a unique opportunity to get a shot of such a large one.’

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content=”‘Fighting the wind before a storm on Tonle Sap Great Lake in Cambodia. July 11, 2012.’

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content=”‘I was on my 170km solo cycling trip around West Coast, New Zealand and one of the destinations was this famous Lake Brunner. I reached this pier in one foggy morning and I found this moment was ìlike no otherî.’

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content=”‘Kids running at a Lion kill in the Kruger National Park. Lions had obviously cleared off by this stage.’

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content=”‘This cow is looking very happy.’

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