Wonderful Entries In The 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest

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The photographers at National Geographic set the standard for photographic excellence. This years contest is over and over 22,000 entries were submitted from over 150 countries. The winner will be announced in December and will be taking home $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C, to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2013, to experience how it works behind-the-scenes.

The National Geographic Photography Contest

I’ve put together a few of my favorite submissions of the National Geographic photography contest, however there are so many amazing photos that deserves the recognition, so it’s very difficult to choose. These were the most outstanding photos I could find. Hope you agree!

Mummy I’m Down here, and Hungry!

Photo and caption by Bjorn Olesen

It had been an unusually quiet morning in the montane pine and fern forest close to the Borneo Highland Resort in Sarawak, Malaysia. I was about to pack my bags I hear this juvenile Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) calling chi-chit chi-chit trying to attract the attention of its parents above while flapping its wings. But the parents ignored it, and the it flew away – and I did not see it again.

Chaos

Photo and caption by Antero Topp

Outnumbered flock of Red-billed Queleas coming to drink at the same time with an African Elephant.

Aurora Phoenix

Photo and caption by Bjørn Jørgensen

An outburst of Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) taken during a powerful solar storm in January 2012. The shape of the auroras resembles a bird spreading its wings.

Dogs of the North

Photo and caption by Adam Coish

I came across this sled dog team within the first hour of a weekend long hunting trip near Pond Inlet. Situated on the Northern tip of Baffin Island, sights like these are quite common. This photograph was taken as they focused intently on their owner while he rummaged through his belongings. Sled dogs are resilient and wild but still resemble the loving qualities of a domestic dog to their owners. They live on the ice throughout the winter and feed mainly on raw seal meat. With the Bylot Island Mountains in the background and their intense stare in my direction, I knew I had something great.

Pelican, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Photo and caption by Romulo Rejon

A marine cruise in Walvis Bay, Namibia, is a memorable experience. I remember watching dolphins, seals, mola molas, cormorants… and having the privilege of picturing that one pelican at the exact moment he grabbed a bite thrown from the boat.

Staring at the Sun

Photo and caption by Nicholas Samaras

The aristocracy of the Mediterranean fauna is the hippocampus, so attractive and shy but this one was very proud to model attached in Poseidonia oceanica with the sunset in the background as a crown.

Butterfly at sunset

Photo and caption by Toni Guetta

Macro shot of a butterfly with the sunset in the background

Neon River

Photo and caption by Arild Heitmann

A shot i had planned for 3 years. It required the waterfall to be open midwinter, the icecover below the waterfall had to be solid enough to walk on and finally the aurora had to appear in the right direction. Each ingredient happens very rare. On this evening everything fell into place.

Pacific Northwest Black Wolf

Photo and caption by Sander Jain

A black wolf on the mudflats off Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island. The photo was taken shortly before sunset from a sea kayak.

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