The world around us: Sublime images of nature at its best vie for top prize in 2012 National Geographic photography competition
Could a spectacular shot of Indochinese tigress Busaba shaking herself dry in a Thailand zoo win this year”s National Geographic photography contest
Or will an awe-inspiring image of a pair of bangled feet planted on the vivid pink floor of a temple in India”s Maharashtra take first prize
National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence, and 2012 is no different, with the organisation calling professional and amateur photographers from across the globe to send in their most breath-taking entries in the categories of people, places, and nature.
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: Ashley Vincent captured, Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand, enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry
Last year, National Geographicreceived more than 20,000 entries from over 130 countries for its global-wide photography contest and a brilliant image of a dragonfly caught in a sudden downpour in Indonesia”s Riau Islands won the accolade.
This year”s 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 2013.
Other entries already received, and vying for the top prize, include a shot of a 15 foot great white shark from below, a pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins dancing in the depths and three young children fighting the wind in their small boat before a storm on Tonle Sap Great Lake in Cambodia.
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: During his 170km solo cycling trip around West Coast, New Zealand, Mohf Nadly Aizat Mohd Nudri came upon this foggy pier on Lake Brunner
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: Aditya Waikul shot this photograph at an ancient temple dedicated to lord Jyotiba, in Maharashtra, India. Devotees and tourists throng to the space in the full moon days and Sundays and due to scattering of vermilion the temple premises is turned pink
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: Ondrej Zaruba photographed this happy-looking cow having a bath
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: Kirk Nielsen took this shot sitting on top of a suspended submersible cage, 30 feet below the surface, as a 15 foot Great White Shark swims overhead just starting to block out the sun
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: Money Sharma captured 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
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: These three Atlantic Spotted Dolphins were acting playful for a few minutes so John Gaskell swam over to join in
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: Bill Tang snapped this spectacular view of the Milky Way from Joshua Tree National Park
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: Michaela May spotted this male lion while on safari in Kruger National Park
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: Zachary Bako captured these children fighting the wind before a storm on Tonle Sap Great Lake in Cambodia
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: Lukasz Piech photographed this field worker near Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
2012 National Geographic Photography Contest: The beautifully moody summer rain clouds hover over one of Banff National Park”s true gems, Moraine Lake in this image by Danielle Lefrancois