Most Stunning Photos From The National Geographic Instagram Photography Contest

National Geographic has made a name for themselves with their earth-shattering photographs, so it was no surprise that they made Instagram history as the first brand to reach 100 million followers (those are almost Kim Kardashian numbers). To celebrate in true Nat Geo fashion, they opened up a photography contest across the photo-sharing platform – using the hashtag #natgeo100contest. In the 24-hour contest window, the magazine received more than 94,000 photograph submissions. The photo editors and photographers at Nat Geo went through the entries and narrowed them down to the top 10 most stunning images and then let their 10 million followers vote on who would be the grand prize winner. Below you can view the contest winning photo, the top finalists along with some other gorgeous entries that didn’t make the cut but are still just as mind-blowing.

Most Stunning Photos From The National Geographic Instagram Photography Contest

Grand Prize Winner Ketan Khambhatta. In the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, zebras search for crocodiles while wildebeest run across the river. Photographer Muhammed Muheisen: The image is so dynamic, with a powerful depth that keeps me looking. A moment well captured. Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Photos Of The National Geographic 2018 Photo Contest

Spectacular Winning Photos Of The National Geographic 2018 Photo Contest
“Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagenrecalled millions of cars. By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious of and more caring toward our beautiful planet.” (Photograph and caption by Jassen Todorov / 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest) Continue reading »

“Air, Land & Sea” Exhibition: 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs Of The National Geographic

"Air, Land & Sea" Exhibition: 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs Of The National Geographic
Leopard seal, Anvers Island, Antarctica, 2006. (Photo by Paul Nicklen/National Geographic) Continue reading »

2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Winners

2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Winners
Grand Prize Winner: Mermaid. “This calf was always with mom. A curious calf sometimes came to us. I was fortunate to have encountered a humpback whale with her calf on my first day snorkeling near Japan’s Kumejima Island. Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us – it was very friendly and curious. Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and it’s very energetic, large, and beautiful tail”. (Photo by Reiko Takahashi/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

National Geographic Reveals Its Most Popular Instagram Photos Of 2017

National Geographic Reveals Its Most Popular Instagram Photos Of 2017

National Geographic is wrapping up the year with 18 of its most popular Instagram photos from 2017. Continue reading »

Winning Photos Of The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest

Selected from over 11,000 entries, a wildlife photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park has been selected as the grand-prize winner of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The photo, titled “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore. He has won $10,000 and will have his winning image published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine and featured on the @NatGeo Instagram account.

Winning Photos Of The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest
A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia. (Photograph by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, National Geographic Your Shot)

Bojan took the winning photo while he was about five feet deep in water after waiting patiently in the Sekoyner River in Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia. Continue reading »

National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year 2017 Editors’ Top Picks Of The Week 2

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is now accepting submissions. We’re looking for spectacular pictures that tell the story of animals, lands, and environments around the world. The deadline to enter is November 17 at 12 p.m. EST.

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This photo was made in my hometown, called Thiersee, a small village in the heart of the Alps (Tyrol, Austria). I had to wait till the lake thiersee, which is frozen all the wintertime, begins to melt in spring.Just for a few days you can see these natural patterns in the melting ice. But not without a drone. So I told my daughter to make a boat trip with her red kayak. Till now nobody in my hometown tell me how the patterns grow. (Because nobody know that they exist). (Photo and caption by Stefan Thaler/National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest) Continue reading »

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Publishes First Round Of Beautiful Entries

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is now accepting submissions. We’re looking for spectacular pictures that tell the story of animals, lands, and environments around the world. The deadline to enter is November 17 at 12 p.m. EST.

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Publishes First Round Of Beautiful Entries
This is Cheia (DN1A) road that takes you to Transylvania. Yes, THAT Transylvania, the birthplace of the legendary Count Dracula (Vlad Tepes). The legend says that this shot imagines what he might have seen on his nocturnalflights! Nevertheless, it’sa breathtaking view with a magnificent road. (Photo and caption by Calin Stan/National Geographic NaturePhotographer of the Year contest) Continue reading »

Winners Of The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year

A photograph of an erupting volcano hit by a bolt of lightning has earned Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico the prestigious title of 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Velasco will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions, as well as a $2500 prize. Velasco’s incredible photo was selected from over 15,000 entries from participants in more than 30 countries.

The power of nature – Grand Prize and 1st Prize Nature Category
Winners Of The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year
Powerful eruption of Colima Volcano in Mexico on December 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, friction of ash particles generated a big lightning of about 600 meters that connected ash and volcano, and illuminated most of the dark scene. On last part of 2015, this volcano showed a lot of eruptive activity with ash explosions that raised 2-3 km above the crater. Most of night explosions produced incandescent rock falls and lightning not bigger than 100 meters in average. (Photo and caption by Sergio Tapiro Velasco/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »

Australian Native Wildlife: The National Geographic Photographer Creates A Photo Archive Of Biodiversity Around The World.

The National Geographic Photo Ark is a travelling exhibition of photographer Joel Sartore’s quest to create a photo archive of biodiversity around the world. So far, Sartore has captured studio portraits of more than 6,000 species – a number that he hopes to double.

On 1 July, the ark will open at Melbourne zoo – the first time it has been exhibited in the southern hemisphere. More than 50 portraits will be on display, including many of Australian endangered animals being protected by programs at the zoo itself. These captions have been edited from text supplied by Melbourne zoo.

Australian Native Wildlife: The National Geographic Photographer Creates A Photo Archive Of Biodiversity Around The World.
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Barking owl. So-named because its call sounds like a barking dog, these birds are native to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. In Victoria they are listed as an endangered species, and in 2003 there were estimated to be fewer than 50 breeding pairs.The main threat to the species in Victoria is loss of habitat, especially large trees with hollows in which they can nest and on which many of their prey depend. Apart from a bark, they may utter a chilling scream when they feel threatened. Continue reading »

2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year – Cities Gallery

We’re entering the final week of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest, and stunning entries continue to pour in from all over the world.

For the final gallery before the contest closes, our editors have selected incredible photos from the “Cities” category for online galleries. From aerial shots to iconic skylines, these photos feature both architectural marvels as well as the beauty of day-to-day life in the urban jungle.

2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year - Cities Gallery
The city library in Stuttgart. (Photo and caption by Norbert Fritz / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year – People

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2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year – People

Enter today for a chance to be named the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Each year, photographers around the world send National Geographic Travel gorgeous images that captivate and astonish. The judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that inspire. Continue reading »

2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year – Nature

Enter today for a chance to be named the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Each year, photographers around the world send National Geographic Travel gorgeous images that captivate and astonish. The judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that inspire.

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2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year – Nature
This photo captures the moment that I, along with 3 other Sami reindeer herders become a little lost while migrating with 350 reindeer. They were rounded up from a section of forest around 30kms south of this point. Our goal was to take them, via rivers, northwards to pastures new using the network of rivers and lakes that flow through Sweden. This was taken on Randijaur lake, Jokkmokk, Sweden. (Adam Cunningham-White/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

National Geographic Unveils Its 50 Most Beautiful Travel Photos Of 2016’s

Curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories and a whopping 2,290,225 photos, National Geographic has unveiled its top 50 images of 2016. From Russian roof-toppers risking their lives to the atrocities of war, here are some of the most extraordinary moments captured in 2016.

National Geographic Unveils Its 50 Most Beautiful Travel Photos Of 2016’s

In Alaska, a mother grizzly and her cubs cause a “bear jam” on Denali’s 92-mile-long Park Road, open to private vehicles only five days each summer. Photograph by Aaron Huey Continue reading »

National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year 2016 Winners

The annual National Geographic travel photographer of the year contest attracted 10,000 entries worldwide this year. Selected from thousands of entries, an underwater photo of sardine predation off the Wild Coast of South Africa was selected as the winning image for the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. Here’s a selection of the winning entries.

1st Place-Action + Grand Prize: Sardine Run
National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year 2016 Winners

During the sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa, millions of sardines are preyed upon by marine predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes, and sea lions. The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques to create and drive bait balls to the surface. In recent years, probably due to overfishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable. It took me two weeks to have the opportunity to witness and capture this marine predation. (Greg Lecoeur/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »

New Stunning Entries Of The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest

The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is accepting entries in one or all of four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action and Animal Portraits. The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.

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Built in complete darkness, a complex city is being constructed. A wild swarm of Honeybees (Apis mellifera) arriving in the spring, is developing natural wax comb formations to support the colony’s future larvae, and food storage. When this colony is at it’s strongest, it will eventually divide. The majority of the bees swarming to a new location with the queen and begin the process of reproducing all over again, thus spreading their genes farther. (Photo and Caption by Sam Morris/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »

Beautiful Early Entries Of The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest

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The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is accepting entries in one or all of four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action and Animal Portraits. The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.

Here: A mature bald eagle drags the tail of a fish across the surface of the water after picking it up out of the Susquehanna river. It was late in the day when the sun was setting casting an orange hue over the water. (Photo and Caption by Eric Esterle/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year) Continue reading »

National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year 2016 Winners

The annual National Geographic travel photographer of the year contest attracted 10,000 entries worldwide this year. The grand prize went to Anthony Lau for his shot of a horseman in Inner Mongolia, winning him a trip to a polar bear photo safari at Churchill Wild-Seal Heritage Lodge. Here’s a selection of the winning entries.

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Winter Horseman
The Winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus twenty and lower with constant breeze of snow from all direction, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. Not until I saw Inner Mongolia horsemen showing off their skills in commanding the steed from a distance, I quickly grab my telephoto lens and capture the moment when one of the horseman charged out from morning mist. (Photo and caption by Anthony Lau / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

Some Entries For 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now accepting entries. Harness the power of photography and share your stunning travel experiences from around the globe. Enter your most powerful photos for a chance to become the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Show us photos that tell the story of a place or reveal insights about what inspires you when you travel. The contest ends May 27, 2016.

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Holi Festival. Holi, India’s festival of colors, is an ancient Hindu tradition that is celebrated around the world, with the biggest and most colorful gathering taking place in the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan in India. The unifying festival is a celebration of love and the arrival of spring and includes the singing of folk songs and traditional dances. (Photo by Claudio Ceriali/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

New Entries For The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer Of The Year Contest

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now accepting entries. Harness the power of photography and share your stunning travel experiences from around the globe. Enter your most powerful photos for a chance to become the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Show us photos that tell the story of a place or reveal insights about what inspires you when you travel. The contest ends May 27, 2016.

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This is a general view of Eid ul Fitr Prayer at Alamgir Mosque in Varanasi, Uttarpradesh, India. Eid prayers, also known as Salat al-Eid and Salat al-Eidain , is the special prayer offered to commemorate two Islamic festivals.This image depicts the Hindu–Muslim brotherhood exploring the dynamics of communal relations in Varanasi-a holy city of the Hindus. Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India (Photo and caption by Sirsendu Gayen / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest) Continue reading »

Here Are Some Of The Coolest National Geographic Photos That Were Never Published

Here’s a selection of photos from the archives of NatGeo that were unpublished or simply forgotten. So, the project ‘Found’ was launched in order to “bring the pictures back to life by sharing them to new audiences.”

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A white fallow stag stands in a forest in Switzerland, 1973. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES P. BLAIR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE Continue reading »

Winners Of The National Geographic’s Kids Photography Competition 2015

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The grand prize winner is Senne Mensink, 13, from the Netherlands with this shot of a grasshopper eating a leaf. (Photo by Senne Mensink/National Geographic) Continue reading »

National Geographic Installed The Sculpture Alongside Trafalgar Square’s Famous Lion Statues

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A lion sculpture installed by National Geographic Wild to highlight the threat to endangered big cats, stands in Trafalgar Square in London, Britain January 28, 2016. National Geographic installed the sculpture alongside Trafalgar Square’s famous lion statues to promote it’s week of programming on big cats. (Photos by Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) Continue reading »

National Geographic: Best Travel Photos Of 2015

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National Geographic just published its 2015 Best Daily Travel Photo roundup, picked indirectly by users like you! Continue reading »

National Geographic’s “Women of Vision” – A New Generation of Female Photojournalists

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Some of the most powerful narratives of the past decade have been produced by a forward-thinking generation of women photojournalists as different as the places and the subjects they have covered. National Geographic’s “Women of Vision” exhibit features the work of 11 photographers and is on display at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta until January 3, 2016. Continue reading »