Aaron Lim Boon Teck /2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • Nat Geo's Photo Contest: Amazing Amateur Images

    National Geographic has announced the winners of its <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/photo-contest/" target="external">annual photography contest</a> and awarded photographer Aaron Lim Boon Teck $10,000 for this image of Gunung Rinjani, a volcano in Indonesia. "On June 2009, my friends and I planned to trekked Gunung Rinjani," he said. "Our plans were foiled due to the eruption and we can only trek to the crater rim. This was what I saw when I was there. I wanted to share with everyone this experience of seeing many elements going on at a particular point in time, that is many trekkers beholding the sight of a volcanic eruption as the sun slowly rises from behind Rinjani on the left and the moon setting on the right."
    Aaron Lim Boon Teck /2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • Nat Geo's Photo Contest: Amazing Amateur Images

    "This photo was taken in Indonesia, farmers will held the buffalo race before the farming season every year, they believe will be luck if their buffalo win the race." (Chan Kwok Hung, a finalist in the "People" category)
    Chan Kwok Hung /2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • Nat Geo's Photo Contest: Amazing Amateur Images

    "Chittagong in Bangladesh is the second biggest ship breaking yard in the world, it is a graveyard where ships are taken in from all around the world for their last voyage, to be taken apart. Known for unsafe work practices and environmental pollution due to the demolition and ship breaking processes, Chittagong presents one of the biggest industry and job opportunities for many Bangladeshis. In this image, ship cut in a half is taken apart by workers, mostly by hand, one piece at a time." (Jana Asenbrennerova, a finalist in the "Places" category)
    Jana Asenbrennerova/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    In this photo, a woman rides between the railway carriages of a local train heading north from Dhaka, the Bangladesh capitol. It is the month of Ramadan, a fast which culminates in a three-day celebration. Tens of thousands of people pack trains to go to their home villages and celebrate with their families.
    Amy Helene Johansson/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    "One morning in August, I was on my way to pick up the newspaper," says photographer Audun Wigen. "Everything was moist and wet, and I spotted this little fly on a small white flower, just outside my bedroom window. Two hours after I shot this picture I went outside again, and the fly was still sitting on the same flower -- still not able to fly."
    Audun Wigen/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    "This photo was taken in Zhenyuan, Guizhou Province, China this summer. I was taking a walk along the river bank of Wuyang in the mist of a late afternoon shower. Refreshing smell after rain was mixed with the aroma from nearby food stands. In the distance, kids were playing and laughing. The tranquil and harmonious life of the local people reminds me of the joyful time I grew up in a similar small town in the Southwest China." (Fred Wang)
    Fred Wang/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    "This shot was captured during a major electrical storm. There was little wind and no rain which allowed me to stay safely inside and shoot from an open window. This was the 82nd exposure out of 150 made that night. The camera was mounted on a tripod, exposures made with a cable release for 5 seconds at f10. Except for a some minor level adjustments and a square crop this was what came out of the camera." (Jay Fine)
    Jay Fine/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    "This is Serra da Leba, a landmark in Angola. A road built in the '70s, it's been in the country's postcard images for decades, but all shots were taken by day. I wanted something different and tried a night shot. But it seemed impossible: pitch dark, foggy, altitude of 1,800 meters (5,000 ft). I wanted no more than 60 seconds of exposure, max, to avoid digital noise. But a car takes a few minutes to climb or descend this section of the road. The fog was dense and blocking the view! Suddenly the fog cleared, a few cars went down, others went up, they met in the middle in under 60 seconds... Painting done!" (Kostadin Luchansky)
    Kostadin Luchansky/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    "This picture was taken when I visited the Buddhist Monastery of Ki. Ki is a tiny village in the middle of the Himalayas, and next to it is Ki Gompa (Ki Monastery). I lived with the monks for about a week, and this picture reflects the peaceful, almost heavenly atmosphere that characterizes this place. The Monastery is almost 4,000 meters high, and I had to climb almost 500 meters more to get this panorama. This place is a touch of heaven." (Natalia Luzuriaga)
    Natalia Luzuriaga/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    This unusual perspectival shot shows two giraffes in Masai Mara, Kenya.
    Niko Saunio/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    In this image, a supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset.
    Sean Heavey/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    "Traveling from Zhangmu (Nepal-Tibet border) to the Tibetan capital - Lhasa - you can see road workers all along the Friendship Highway. The Chinese industrialization has affected Tibet a great deal. But despite the Chinese government attempts to settle Chinese population across the Tibetan Plateau, the Roof of the World still remains a place where only the Tibetans can survive its harsh climate conditions. A Tibetan boy holding the hand of his father who works on the road construction." (Sergi Barisashvili)
    Sergi Barisashvili/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest

    "Yes it's spring. Fishing on the end of the bridge." (Amy Helene Johansson)
    Stan Bouman/2010 National Geographic Photo Contest
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