The Daily Beast - 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest - October 10, 2012
As a leader in capturing the world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Last year, more than 20,000 entries were submitted from over 130 countries, with professional and amateur photographers across the globe participating.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive $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.
There is still time to enter, the contest ends November 30, 2012.
Here are some of my favourite entries from the Nature category. There's even a local GTA entry from Pickering - Terri Martin's photo called Brotherly Love.
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest © Photos and captions by the photographers.
© Ashley Vincent
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!
© Lalith Ekanayake
The progeny, a solitary chick, amidst the adult Great Crested Terns, taken from a prone position, with a wide-angle lens, at a breeding site on a Sri Lankan island off north-western seas.
© John Gaskell
These three Atlantic Spotted Dolphins were acting playful for a few minutes so I swam over to join in. When I got close the dolphins came together as if they were going to discuss my presence. One of them seemed to say something then they did a little dance and were on their way. Amazing animals, I felt very lucky to capture the moment.
© Alexandra Burda
© Terri Martin
Found these little guys playing in the sun. They were so cute they ran to each other and gave one another a great big hug. This is love.
These little ground hogs are around two weeks old, I was lucky and got to watch them and their family grow up over a few weeks from young pups to teenagers.
© James Haskins
I worked hard to get into the right position to watch this lioness dash across the Savute Marsh in Northern Botswana. The motivation being that there is always action (worth capturing with a fast shutter speed) when a powerful animal such as this moves swiftly through the water. Her expression tells of her anxiety to cross the river quickly for fear of crocodiles and to catch up with her fellow pride members.
© Carlos Chen
A journey through astonishing Jaipur - The Pink City - in the state of Rajasthan, where elephants roam the streets alongside cars, bikes and rickshaws. They take tourists to the top of Ajmet Fort, entering the main court in a huge show of music and colours.
© Salil Bera
A Leopard attack on a forest department car driver, after the driver threw a stone towards the leopard at an abandoned construction site at Limbu Village in Siliguri in Iwest Bengal, India. The Leopard came out from the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary to this village.
© Todd Mintz
While on a dive in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean I spotted two gobies swimming on brain coral among the reef. This was nothing new to see but, this day the coral had a small hole with a tube worm fanned out and the gobies swam into the hole. I waited patiently for them to return and was able to capture them peering out of the hole at me. These gobies are tiny, smaller than the end of a shoe lace. Bonaire established a marine park over 30 years ago which has helped to preserve their coral reefs over the decades.
© Wilfred Berthelsen
This picture was taken during a photo expedition on Svalbard last year.
I think this image captures the way the polar bears travel the ice on an endless hunt for food.
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