Outstanding Highlights of 2013 Nat Geo Photo Contest

National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014.

Eligible contestants can visit www.ngphotocontest.com to submit photographs in one or all of three categories: People,Places and Nature. Entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. The contest, which is now open, ends Saturday, Nov. 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET (U.S.).

Nat Geo Photo Contest 2013

© Antonio Chiumenti

Carezza Lake is a pearl of the Dolomiti. Nestled between an ancient forest of grand firs and the Latemar Mountain is place of legends and beauty. A nymph lives under its emerald waters. I threw a little stone in the water to add a little mystery to the scene.

Nat Geo Photo Contest 2013

© Yosuke Kashiwakura

The Saidai-ji Eyo festival, considered one of the three strangest festivals of Japan, is a Buddhist ritual in which 9000 men compete to grab just a pair of sacred wooden batons to decide who will be the “Blessed man” for the year.

The over 500 year-old tradition of Eyo is based on an underlying understanding of the state of human life, greater than the ideals and trends of a single generation, and this idea has been cherished and passed down through the centuries.

Nat Geo Photo Contest 2013

© Gavin Hardcastle

Autumn sun pours into Punch Bowl Falls to create some stunning atmospherics. I didn’t have long to capture the moving light beams so I frantically started shooting as soon as I arrived on the scene.

Nat Geo Photo Contest 2013

© Melih Sular

This area known as Çankr Salt Cave and believed that it was operated by Hittites (3000 BC), since 5000 years. This area has the largest rock salt reserve in Turkey. This area stated 25 km. east from Çankr and rock salt production made by the mining method, room and pillar system.

Although a relatively narrow entrance gallery, the galleries where production made resemble highway tunnels. Salt cavities, 400 m. under the earth’s crust, thick of blood vessel, separated orderly room and pillars. In other words, parallel galleries designed in salt cavities.

Nat Geo Photo Contest 2013

© Teruo Araya

Taken at Mishima town in Fukushima pref. The first train goes across the railway bridge through in morning mist. The train moves forward little by little slowly.

Nat Geo Photo Contest 2013

© Max Seigal

A long penguin standing in the surf on South Georgia Island.

Via National Geographic Photo Contest

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