• 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Grand Prize: The Explosion - Busaba is an Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. Ashley Vincent 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 from the others. The opportunity finally presented itself as Busaba was enjoying her private pool and shaking herself dry.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    First Prize for Places: The Matterhorn. The Matterhorn, a mountain on the border between Switzerland and Italy, is here photographed under a full moon.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    First Place for People: Amongst the Scavengers - At the end of the day, in Dandora, Kenya, women are allowed to pick through the garbage.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Viewers' Choice for Places: Iceberg Hunters - Chipping ice off an iceberg is a common way for the Inuit community to retrieve fresh drinking water. 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. Photographed at Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Viewers' Choice for People: Expedition Amundsen - A race that follows in the path of famous explorer Roald Amundsen brings contestants to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau in Norway. 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 difficult as conquering the South Pole.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Viewers' Choice for Nature: Tender Moment - Sanjeev Bhor photographed Malaika, a female cheetah and her cub. The cub is well known for her habit of jumping on vehicles, which she learned from her mother Kike, and Kike from her mother Amber. "I was very lucky to capture that moment," says Bhor. Photographed at the Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Honorable Mention: Red Fox Catching Mouse Under Snow - With his exceptional hearing, a red fox has targeted a mouse hidden under two feet of crusted spring snow. Springing high in the air, he breaks through the snow with his nose, and his body is completely vertical as he grabs the mouse underneath. Photographed at Squaw Creek, Park County, Wyo.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Honorable Mention: Chinese Traditional Dragon Boat Racing - Dragon boating is a traditional Chinese entertainment event. It is usually held in festivals, which can be traced back 2,000 years. Photographed in Yanbu Town, Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Honorable Mention: East of Iceland - Glacial ice washes ashore after calving off the Breiðamerkurjökull 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 two of those four minutes.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Honorable Mention: Captive - Yayasan Galuh Rehabilitation Center is an impoverished mental health facility in Bekasi, Indonesia, that hosts over 250 patients. Most come from poor families no longer interested in or unable to manage their conditions. The only medical treatment offered is for skin conditions; there are no assessments, psychotherapy or psychiatric medication available.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Honorable Mention: Eerie Eiffel - A gloomy winter day worked to the advantage of the photographer to help create an eerie impression of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Honorable Mention: Predation Up Close and Personal - Thousands of fish move synchronously because of a nearby predator. "It was an incredible experience," said photographer Fransisca Harlijanto.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Honorable Mention: Ursus Arctos Horribilis - This photo of a wild Alaskan brown bear digging on a game trail was taken with a homemade motion-controlled triggering device hooked up to a DSLR camera.
  • 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

    Honorable Mention: Stilt Fishing - Stilt fishing is a technique seen only in Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta, tied to a vertical pole planted in the corral reef. This long-exposure shot shows how unstable the position is.
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