All the diversity and splendor of our world is best reflected in photographs published by National Geographic. Hundreds of photographers around the world collaborate with National Geographic. Seeking, waiting and risking for a beautiful picture that will take the reader’s breath away.
The jury of the American magazine National Geographic studied more than 22,000 photographs submitted by photographers from 150 countries to determine the winners of the 2012 photo contest. Photos were judged in three categories: People, Places and Nature.
1st place in the “Places” category. Mount Matterhorn 4478 meters high in the light of the full moon. (Photo and caption by Nenad Saljic/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Grand prize and 1st place in the Nature category. This tigress named Busaba lives in the Khao Kheow Zoo in Thailand. I often photographed Busaba, and each time it became more and more difficult to get a picture that would be different from the previous ones. But, in the end, I got the opportunity, and I captured Busaba when she shook herself off after swimming in the pond. (Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)
1st place in the category “People”. Women digging in a landfill, Kenya. (Photo and caption by Micah Albert/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Spectator’s choice in the “Places” category. Eskimos break off pieces of ice from icebergs to get fresh drinking water. For them, it’s business as usual. We went hunting for the weekend, and there we came across this majestic iceberg. We stocked up on enough ice for the rest of the trip. (Photo and caption by Adam Coish/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Viewers’ Choice in the Nature category. Every day spent in the Masai Mara reserve promises unforgettable impressions and spectacular pictures, and I was lucky to photograph this female cheetah named Malaika and her cub. Everyone knows Malaika, as she has a habit of jumping on cars. She learned this from her mother, Kike, who in turn picked up the habit from her mother, Amber. Now Malaika is teaching lessons to her cub. (Photo and caption by Sanjeev Bhor/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Viewers’ Choice in the “People” category. Race participants follow the route of renowned explorer Roald Amundsen on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, Norway. (Photo and caption by Kai-Otto Melau/National Geographic Photo Contest)
Photo “from the top ten”. Another world. Japanese Garden in Portland. (Photo by Fred An | National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest):
Photo “from the top ten”. Lost in time. Ancient Forest. Some trees are over a thousand years old. Walking among these giants is unlike anything else on our planet. (Photo by Ken Thorne | National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest):
The photo won the Audience Choice Award. Lonely house and northern lights in Norway. (Photo by Michelle Schantz | National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest):
And just the best photos of the competition.
Whale shark, New Guinea, Michael Ou.
Chicago by night, Jim Richardson.
Stonehenge, UK, Ken Gage.
Dust Storm in Phoenix by Daniel Bryant.
Children of reindeer herders, Sergei Anisimov.