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Editor's Choice Pictures of the Day - National Geographic Contest Winners - January 4, 2013

As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. More than 22,000 entries were submitted from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts comprised of natural history photographer Christian Zeiglerand documentary photographers Gerd Ludwig and Debbie Fleming Caffery. Here are some of the winning images and honorable mentions–plus the Viewers' Choice winners.

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.


Amongst the Scavengers

First Place for People:  Amongst the Scavengers
Photo and caption by Micah Albert/National Geographic Photo Contest

At the end of the day women are allowed to pick through the dumpsite.


East of Iceland


Honorable Mention: East of Iceland
Photo and caption by Eric Guth/National Geographic Photo Contest

Glacial ice washes ashore after calving off the Breiamerkurjˆkull glacier on Iceland's eastern coast. During the waning light of summer this image was created over the course of a 4 minute exposure while the photographer backlit the grounded glacial ice with a headlamp for 2 of those 4 minutes.


Chinese traditional dragon boat racing

Honorable Mention: Chinese traditional dragon boat racing
Photo and caption by关嘉城/National Geographic Photo Contest

Dragon boating is a chinese traditional entertainment. As an acquatic sport to memorise qu yuan, a patriotic poet in ancient china, it is usually held in festivals, which can be traced back to two thousands years ago.




Honorable Mention: Captive
Photo and caption by Wendell Phillips/National Geographic Photo Contest

Yayasan Galuh Rehabilitation Center is and impoverished mental health facility based in Bekasi, Indonesia that hosts over 250 patients.  Most come from poor families no longer interested in managing their condition, or are unable. Some patients are homeless, deposited after being taken off streets by police The only medical treatment received is for skin conditions. No assessments, psychotherapy or psychiatric medications is available. Over one third of the patients are shackled in chains. These measures are implemented to those thought to be violent, uncontrolable and dangerous.


Eerie Eiffel


Honorable Mention: Eerie Eiffel
Photo and caption by Indra Swari Wonowidjojo/National Geographic Photo Contest

The winter gloomy day worked to my advantage to create this eerie feeling of the famous landmark Eiffel tower.


Expedition Amundsen


Viewers’ Choice for People:  Expedition Amundsen
Photo and caption by Kai-Otto Melau/National Geographic Photo Contest

A race that follows in the path of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen brings the contestants to the Hardangervidda Mountainplateu, Norway. 100km across the plateau, the exact same route Amundsen used to prepare for his South Pole expedition in 1911 is still used by explorers today. Amundsen did not manage to cross the plateau and had to turn back because of bad weather. He allegedly said that the attempt to cross Hardangervidda was just as dangerous and hard as the conquering of the South Pole. The group in the picture used the race as preparations for an attempt to cross Greenland.


Iceberg Hunters


Viewers’ Choice for Places:  Iceberg Hunters
Photo and caption by Adam Coish/National Geographic Photo Contest

Chipping ice off an iceberg is a common way for the Inuit community to retrieve fresh drinking water while on the land. During a weekend long hunting trip, we came upon this majestic iceberg frozen in place. It was a perfect opportunity to grab enough ice and drinking water for the remainder of the trip.


Stilt Fishing


Honorable Mention: Stilt Fishing
Photo and caption by Ulrich Lambert/National Geographic Photo Contest

Stilt fishing is a typical fishing technique only seen in Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef. This long exposure shot shows how unstable their position is.


The Explosion!


Grand-Prize:  The Explosion!
Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest

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!


For more winning images in the Nature category, please visit the Daily Beast blog.


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