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Take a look through these stunning entries for the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012



Govida players at Dahi Handi fest in Mumbai

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Money Sharma: "Govinda players gather together under Dahi Handi to make a human pyramid to try to catch and then break an earthen pot high in the air with the help of a rope, in order to win the set prizes. Janmashtami and Dahi Haandi was celebrated in Mumbai. Govindas (young men) form a human pyramid to reach the dahi handi and try to break it in a bid to win prizes."

24 amazing images after the break

Holy colors

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Aditya Waikul: 'I shot this photograph at an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Jyotiba in Maharashtra, India. Devotees and tourists throng to this in the full moon days and on Sundays (Sunday is sacred to Jyotiba). The temple premises turns pink due to scattering of Gulal (vermilion). I shot this pic on a Monday morning.'

Secluded Pier at Lake Brunner

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Mohd Nadly Aizat Mohd Nudri: 'I was on my 170km solo cycling trip around the West Coast of New Zealand and one of the destinations was this famous Lake Brunner. I reached this pier one foggy morning and I found this moment was like no other.'


Atlantic Spotted Dolphins having an underwater chat

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
John Gaskell: 'These three Atlantic Spotted Dolphins were acting playfully for a few minutes, so I swam over to join in. When I got close, the dolphins came together as if they were going to discuss my presence. One of them seemed to say something, then they did a little dance and were on their way. Amazing animals, I felt very lucky to capture the moment.'


The Explosion!

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Ashley Vincent: '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 some kind 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!'


Expedition Amundsen

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Kai-Otto Melau: '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.'


The National Anthem at Yankee Stadium

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Staton Rabin: 'During the playing of the national anthem at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees - three of whom are shown here on the field, standing at attention and holding their caps over their hearts - join the fans in showing their patriotism.'


Heavens opening

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Laura Coluccio: 'The heavens are about to open. A sunbather can't decide whether to make a dash or stay and hope the clouds pass.'


Protective Mother Cheetah

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Scott Belt: 'This mother cheetah, with five cubs nearby, made it clear that her limits had been met (or exceeded).'


Stone Arch at Joshua Tree National Park

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Bill Tang: 'Joshua Tree National Park may not have the fame like some other more famous national parks, but it is a great place to escape from the city lights to catch some spectacular views of the Milky Way.'

Great Horned Owl

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Ken Blye: 'Great Horned Owl in black and white. So well camouflaged - I almost missed him...'


City birds

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)Matthias Luetolf: 'Strolling through downtown SF during our vacation, the birds sitting on the wires and skyscrapers in the foggy background caught my attention. A lucky shot!'


Cambodia, Siem Reap: Kampong Phluk Floating Village

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Zachary Bako: 'Fighting the wind before a storm on Tonle Sap Great Lake in Cambodia. July 11, 2012.'


Garden Reflections

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)John Evans: 'The garden reflected in a window of the gardener's outhouse at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire, England. A National Trust property.'


Baby seal

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Ondrej Zaruba: 'Baby elephant seal relaxes on the beach.'


My baby

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Ondrej Zaruba: 'This small baby is about a few hours old.'


King

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Michaela May: 'Spotted this male lion while on safari in Kruger National Park. His disdain for the light clearly shows his imperiousness for those around him.'


Great White, Sun Light

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Kirk Nielsen: 'As I am sitting on top of a suspended submersible cage, 30 feet below the surface, a 15 foot Great White Shark swims overhead just starting to block out the sun. I took the shot right after I had released a breath through my respirator.'


Looking into History: A German Girl at Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest) David Li: 'Looking into History: A German Girl at Holocaust Memorial, Berlin. May 4th, 2012.'


Sargassum Frog Fish In Net

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Deron Verbeck: This Sargassum Frog Fish was in a net floating of the Kona coast. These are rare fish for us to see here, so it was a unique opportunity to get a shot of such a large one.


Adrift

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Joshua Holko: 'Penguins adrift on an iceberg during a heavy snow storm in Antarctica'


Don't play with war

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Janus Langhorn: 'I was captured by the scenery before I got my camera out of my bag. In the foreground a soldier in his bunker and in the background a Ferris wheel that looked like it had been shot at. The contrasting dualism in the image struck me before I took the picture; square v round, adult world v a child's world, war v peace. Unfortunately I was arrested since I was not allowed to take photos of the military, but I managed to show them a cropped version on my camera screen, displaying only the Ferris wheel.'


Relax

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
Ondrej Zaruba: 'This cow is looking very happy'


The Stand Off

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)Richard Davies: 'Taken on a Canon EOS 40D'


Clash of the Titans

Stunning pictures from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2012 (© Money Sharma, National Geographic Photo Contest)
James Cumming: 'I followed these two big bucks around the NCC Greenbelt in Kanata, Canada for an hour or so during the rutting season. They finally came out to an open field and started to play fight or so it seemed. No buck was injured and I was the only one really happy about the fight.'










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