The Winners Of The National Geographic Photo Contest

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Photo: Photo by Micah Albert / 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest

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. 

Honorable Mention: Red Fox catching mouse under snow

Honorable Mention: Chinese traditional dragon boat racing

Honorable Mention: Stilt Fishing

Honorable Mention: East of Iceland

Honorable Mention: Ursus arctos horribilis

Honorable Mention: Captive

Honorable Mention: Eerie Eiffel

Honorable Mention: Predation up close and personal

Viewers' Choice for Places: Iceberg Hunters

First Place for Places: The Matterhorn

Viewers' Choice for People: Expedition Amundsen

First Place for People: Amongst the Scavengers

Viewers' Choice for Nature: Tender Moment

First Place for Nature and Grand-Prize: The Explosion!

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