National Geographic just announced the winners of its 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest.Over 22,000 photos by professional and amateur photographers from 150 countries competed in three categories — people, places and nature.
The top winner was selected among the finalists in these groups and awarded $10,000 among other coveted prizes.
The guidelines for entries required that photographs be un-manipulated and real, and that they capture those special moments in time.
Nat Geo shared the winning images and honorable mentions with us for 2012 here.
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