2013 National Geographic Photo Contest, “People”, Week 4

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.


“Missed”. Emotional fans watch and express their disbelief as their team, the Fremantle Dockers, loose an AFL (Australian Football League) Grand Final on a giant screen provided by the local council for people not able to make the trip across Australia to see the match. Photo location: Fremantle, Western Australia. (Photo and caption by Tony McDonough/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“I Read I Write: Yemen-Access to education”. Five Yemeni students sit on a bench at an elementary school in Sanaa, December 2012. According to UNICEF, getting access to education – even a primary school education – is one of the biggest challenges facing children in Yemen today, especially girls. Nearly half of primary school age girls do not go to school. Two out of three women in Yemen are illiterate. Photo location: Sanaa, Yemen. (Photo and caption by Laura Boushnak/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“O”. Karacasu plates in the soil people are making money. Photo location: Aydın, Turkey. (Photo and caption by Murat Yılmaz/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Beauty in the corner”. Walking along the street in the Santo Domingo , I came acoss the beauty from the door. Her eye and emotion attracts me so much, which makes me lost in wild and fanciful thoughts of her story, even as a plastic clothing model. Photo location: Santo Domingo. (Photo and caption by Rui Han/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Burma Spring”. Thirty year old Nlay chi win playing guitar at his secrect home in Rangoon, Burma. This place was not available for any strangers to visit before Burmese political reforms. Photo location: Rangoon, Burma. (Photo and caption by Jia Daitengfei/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Vivir improvisando”. Natalia Goméz tiene 27 años y es adicta a la pasta bese de cocaína desde los 19 años. ahora espera su primer hijo. Cuando quedo embarazada intento dejar la droga, lo consiguió por unos meses, pero la adicción es mucho mas fuerte y sigue fumando aún estando embarazada. En Chile el consumo de pasta base crece día a día en los barrios marginados del país. Photo location: Comuna de Puente Alto, Santiago, región metropolitana, Chile. (Photo and caption by Alejandro Olivares/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Basunga”. Basunga (3 weeks-old newborn with albinism) is happily sleeping with his cousin. For now, he does not yet realize the difficulties he will face to integrate into the Congolese society as a PWA. The success of his integration will greatly depends of how he accepts himself and his skin condition a and how educated he will be. Photo location: Kinshasa, Congo RDC. (Photo and caption by Patricia Willocq/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Attending the Buddhist Ceremony”. Tibetans attending a special buddhist ceremony which hold in every 20 years. Photographer took the shot at the third day of this ceremony when the sky stared to rain, instead of leaving, those devout worshippers covered themselves with a plastic cloth which moves the phtographer very much. Photo location: Tibet. (Photo and caption by Liu Li/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Flood Effected Mother and Children”. A woman sits with her child in a boat during heavy rains at a flooded village in Kurigram, a northern district of Bangladesh. Photo location: Kurigram, Bangladesh. (Photo and caption by Andrew Biraj/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Traffic Management”. A man fearlessly crosses a busy street in HCMC, Vietnam. Photo location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (Photo and caption by Frederik van den Berg/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Mother’s day”. Central Park. Photo location: New York, United States. (Photo and caption by Tomek Warias/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Mother (and daughter) Earth”. I was visiting the Mosaïcultures exhibit at the Montreal botanical gardens, an international showcase of huge living sculptures, and the crowds were so dense that I began integrating people into my photographs. Venturing around the back of one sculpture entitled “Mother Earth”, I happened on a girl with an uncanny likeness to the giant, peaceful woman behind her. Photo location: Montréal Botanical Gardens, Québec, Canada. (Photo and caption by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin/National Geographic Photo Contest)


“Laurentiu”. This picture is a part of the series of my work “Frumoasa”. “Frumoasa” is Romanian for “beauty”. It’s a work about Laurentiu and his family. They live in shacks next to the railway near the Ghent Dampoort. I met him and his family in December 2012. They have to deal with all kind of obstacles on a daily basis. The lack of a legal address gave them administrative problems and make it hardly impossible for them to find a decent job. They form a happy, warm and close family, despite the constant uncertainty in which they live. Photo location: Ghent Dampoort, Belgium. (Photo and caption by Aurélie Geurts/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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