The deadline for entries for this year’s National Geographic Photo Contest is November 30, so there’s still time to submit photos in any of these three categories: People, Places, and Nature. Judged on creativity and photographic quality, one first place winner will be selected in each category by a panel of experts. From the three category winners, the grand prize winner will be selected. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012.
I’ve included a few selections below, you can browse literally thousands of additional entries (and submit your own!) at the National Geographic website.
Click on the photo to read the photographer’s story behind each photograph.
"Green Eyes" -Oz Kirkham - Khakrez, Afghanistan
"Hamilton Morning" - Joel Reynolds - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
"Soul" - Sara Marinelli - Bronx Zoo, New York
"The Old Chinese Man" - Normann Szkop - Luoyang, China
"Ikiwa's Hijab" - Julia Cumes - Fumba, Zanzibar
"The Little Monster" - Adi Popa - Darmanesti, Romania
"The Gift" - Nathan Smith - Byron Bay, Australia
"Bubblegun Daydreamer" - Ipek Gorgun - Sultanahmet area, Istanbul
"Flamingo Fun" - Jonathan Makrinos - Chicago, IL
"Woman from the Mucubal tribe" - Johan Gerrits - South Angola
"Malshej Mahout and Laxmi" - Neil-Cunningham - Malshej, Maharastra, India
"Chat at early morning" - Kuntal Paul - Varanasi, India
"Sunset on the Pier" - Joseph Vernuccio - Disneyland, Anaheim, California
"Velociraptor" - Darren Pearson - Lake Arrowhead, CA
"The Dancer" - Mollie Holden - Ubud, Bali
"Firefighting plane diving for water" - Eric Westpheling - Riomaggiore, Italy
"Petra by Night. The Treasury, Al Khazneh in candle light" - Nora de Angelli - The Ancient City of Petra, Jordan. The Middle East
"Indian Chicks" - Sameep Singh - Hampi, Karnataka, India
"Timeless Look" - Erika Orlandi - Nemrut Dagi, Turkey
"Sunset at Red Beach" - Vivek Chandrashekaran - Santorini, Greece
National Geographic Photo Contest