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NatGeo Photo Contest

2012-09-25 05:20:33 GMT2012-09-25 13:20:33(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Govinda players gather together under Dahi Handi to making a human pyramid 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. (Photo and caption by Money Sharma/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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 something 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! (Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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. (Photo and caption by Kai-Otto Melau/National Geographic Photo Contest)

A field worker near Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. (Photo and caption by Lukasz Piech/National Geographic Photo Contest)

This small baby is about a few hours old. (Photo and caption by Ondrej Zaruba/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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 backgrund a ferris wheel that looked like it had been shoot at. The contrasting dualisme in the image stroke me before I took the picture. Square/round, adult world/child world, war/peace. Unfortunately I was arrested since I was not allowed to take photos of the military, but I managede to show them a cropped version on my camera screen, displaying only the ferris wheel. (Photo and caption by Janus Langhorn/National Geographic Photo Contest)

Govinda players gather together under Dahi Handi to making a human pyramid 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. (Photo and caption by Money Sharma/National Geographic Photo Contest)

The 2012 National Geographic Photography Contest ends on November 30th, and participants can submit photos in all or one of three categories: people, places and nature. The grand prize winner will win a $10,000 prize and a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC. Here is a look at a few of the many breathtaking entries.

(Agencies)

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