Photo and caption by Shikhei Goh/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Grand Prize Winner and Nature Winner: "Splashing," by Shikhei Goh. "This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects. I wasn't actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take a picture of it, it suddenly rained, but the lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain."
    Photo and caption by Shikhei Goh/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Blue Pond & First Snow," by Kent Shiraishi. "This is a place where many tourists gather in spring, summer, and autumn. However, since this pond freezes in winter, nobody is there during that period. This photograph is the moment of the first snow of the season falling on that blue pond."
    Photo and caption by Kent Shiraishi/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Sunrising Jellyfish" Jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata) drifting just beneath the surface, looking to capture the first sunrays to trigger their symbiotic algae to produce energy for it. Location: Mar Menor coastal lagoon, Murcia province, Spain
    Photo and caption by Angel Fitor/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention "Panic in the Pan," by Marius Coetzee. "I was leading a photographic safari in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. It was midday and we came across a dazzle of zebra approaching a waterhole to quench their thirst. Every few minutes the zebras will enter the water to drink, just to panic and scatter out of the water again." Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
    Photo and caption by Marius Coetzee/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention "The Hunt," by Stefano Pesarelli. "I personally believe that, beyond the formal representation of reality, mediated by the technical instruments necessary to fix an image in time, photography is made of insights. The shot is the last act of image capturing and in many ways the easiest part of the whole process."<br/> Location: Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve
    Photo and caption by Stefano Pesarelli/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    People Category: Winner "The Fjellman Family," by Izabelle Nordfjell. "One shot and the reindeer is dead. The Sami family Fjellman, which lives in Arjeplog, northern Sweden, now have food on their table. In the early autumn they slaughter a couple of their reindeers for food during the cold winter months."
    Photo and caption by Izabelle Nordfjell/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Zombies, Brisbane," by Lisa Clarke. A young family dressed as zombies in Brisbane, Queensland. Each year around Halloween time a gathering of people dressed as zombies walks through the city in an effort to raise money for the Brain Foundation of Australia.
    Photo and caption by Lisa Clarke/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Auburn Pride," by George Voulgaropoulos of Australia. "Young men driving into a patch of reflected light along Auburn Road. Part of a larger personal project documenting the western Sydney suburb of Auburn. The series provides a glimpse into the life of the next generation of Australians living in Auburn, peering behind the veil of this little-known side of society."
    Photo and caption by George Voulgaropoulos/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention: "From Up Here," by Helen Pearson. "Stephen 'ST 2 Lettaz' Harris, and David 'Yung Clova' Williams make up the Huntsville rap duo G-Side. I took this photo of them on tour, conducting a cellphone interview with a journalist on a fire escape in Manhattan. The photo speaks to the 'D.I.Y.' nature of the current independent music scene."
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Places Winner: "Into the Green Zone" A beautiful rainbow after the rain, into the green zone of the Palawan Islands. Location: Onuk island, Balabac Palawan, Philippines.
    Photo and caption by George Tapan/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Sulfuric Fire Festival" Once a year, Formosa fishermen's unique sulfuric fire fishing ritual is handed down from generation to generation.
    Photo and caption by Hung-Hsiu Shih/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Flying Kites" Kite battle at Santa Marta ghetto, Rio de Janeiro. For many years, the kites were used to alert the drug dealers when their enemies were coming. The place was a "war zone" controlled by traffickers that were in constant conflicts against each other to control the drug market.
    Photo and caption by Felipe Carvalho/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Cyber Monsoon" A torrential monsoon rain in Bhaktapur, Nepal is shown.
    Photo and caption by Anuar Patjane/National Geographic Photography Contest
  • 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest

    Honorable Mention: "Water to Orbit" Space shuttle Endeavour STS-130 launches into orbit, as the stars and waning crescent moon trail toward the west, leaving a beautiful reflection on the Intracoastal Waterway in Ponte Vedra, Fla. This 132-second time exposure of the final night launch of a space shuttle was taken 115 miles north of Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
    Photo and caption by James Vernacotola/National Geographic Photography Contest
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