• National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Acrobatic." A small red-eyed frog balances on the tip of a leaf. Its eyes were what caught the attention of photographer Shikhei Goh. The editors at National Geographic have chosen some of their favorite submissions to the magazine's 2012 Photography Contest.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Hagia Sophia Museum." Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, is a museum that originally served as church and then a mosque. Rebuilt in 537 AD after the first two churches on this site were destroyed, it was converted into a museum in 1935.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Piece of Heaven." Fog rolls into the small village of Jamnik in Slovenia.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Straw Meteors Field Forever." Michel Giaccaglia mounted his camera on a radio-controlled helicopter and shot this photo of wheels of straw casting long summer shadows across a wheat field near sunset.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Gelada Charge." The alpha male of a troop of Gelada baboons charges male interlopers who had begun grooming females in the pack.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Waterfall Fisherman of Si Phan Don." A fisherman, clenching a knife between his teeth, grabs a rope to steady himself in a waterfall in Si Phan Don in Southern Laos. A select few fishermen risk their lives daily to catch fish from the swollen Mekong River using small bamboo traps to catch migratory fish traveling the falls.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Red Land." Sunset Cloud Village is one of the most picturesque places in Dongchuan Red Land, China. The reddish-brown soil turns bright after rain and after farmers plow the land.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "The Matterhorn - Night Clouds." The Matterhorn, a mountain on the border between Switzerland and Italy, photographed during a full moon.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Locusts." Anthony Mercer had always wondered if a "Plague of locusts" could block out the sun. They come close.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Water Magic." Standing at the narrowest point of a small lake, photographer Jorgen Tharaldsen threw rocks into the water to create ripples and found that the rebounding circles formed interference patterns to produce this photo.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Pacific Northwest Black Wolf." A black wolf stands on the mudflats off Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, declared a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2000.
  • National Geographic editors' favorites from the 2012 Photo Contest

    "Freaky Fungi." Filoboletus Manipularis is a mushroom that emits a faint glow in the dark because its bioluminescent properties. This group was photographed with a three-minute exposure. Winners in the categories of nature, people and places plus the overall grand-prize winner of the National Geographic Photo Contest will be announced in mid-December.
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