2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

10014578_800630509986366_6601385574062677324_nOnno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe in Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Onno, like other women of the Arbore tribe, enjoys decorating herself with hundreds of beads, which she believes makes her more attractive. Her hair is cut short, which is a symbol of virginity. Soon Onno will marry and as part of the wedding process she will have to be circumcised. This process will be done by her mother and like all Arbore women she will have to follow the tradition. (© Matjaz Krivic)


One evening, driving our car on the E17, we came out of a tunnel near Antwerp, Belgium, and were suddenly confronted with this… sky? As I was the passenger, I managed to take a few pictures trough the front window. We felt like driving under an upside see of waves. It had a beautiful dampened light and the world suddenly looked very different. A sense of unknown danger was also present. We had no rain or storm and made it safely home. Other parts of the country that evening were not that lucky. (© Luc Bonduelle)


I shot this after a heavy rain storm in Port Moody, British Columbia. Along the path was this bracket fungus stuck to an old recently fallen tree. The light was filtering down on this and it really caught my eye. (© Lance Isackson)


I had a chance to photograph a puma at very close distance in Bozeman, Montana. (© Serhat Demiroglu)


A smoke column billows above the forest fire in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s most beautiful places. Many people were devastated when it went up in flames. Although it’s quite sad, this fire was actually very beneficial to the land, as there hadn’t been a blaze in this area for over 300 years. What people fail to realize is that some wildfires are part of the natural process of forests. In a year or so, proof of that in the form of fire weed and new plant growth will blanket the forest floor where the fire once raged. Knowing that, it made this fire even more beautiful to me. (© Amanda Nand)


Amadou has been a breakdancer for may years. He was preparing one of the biggest contests of his career. As I followed him during some days through Bordeaux (France) we took a moment to make this crazy flexible portrait. (© William Kerdoncuff)

Kinik, the district of Manisa in Turkey, is a well known place for dried tomatoes. Despite the difficult conditions, the children of workers are able to keep their happiness at top level. (© Melih Sular)


Eating a crab on Sanibel Island, Florida. (© Rick Loesche)

After the 30 years of banning large imported motorcycles, in 2007, the Taiwanese government reopened the import licensing of motorcycles greater than 550cc. These large bikes, which were never seen before, were thought to be strange and treated unequally. However, adversity will not stop enthusiastic bike riders from chasing the road of freedom. (© Shao hua Luo)


Lightning in Vergi Port, Estonia. (© Kristjan Madalvee)


This disorienting photo was taken from a cliff overlooking Lake Louise in Banff national park. The two people are enjoying a canoe ride on Lake Louise’s turquoise waters. Even boulders the size of large cars seem like pebbles from a high vantage point. (© Ben Leshchinsky)


Chris Buchta, a surf fisherman, punches through a wave during his quest to catch striped bass in Montauk Point, New York. (© Tom Lynch)


A fennec fox sleeps in the Sahara Desert. (© Francisco Mingorance)


The chef of Ramnami people in Chhattisgarh, India. Ramnami tattoo the name of the lord “Rama” on their body. Their entire focus is on the name of Ram, the name of God that is most dear to them. The Ramnami Samaj is a sect of harijan (Untouchable) Ram. Formed in the 1890s, the sect has become a dominant force in the religious life of the area. (© Mattia Passarin)


A great moment with a whale shark at the Silver Banks, North of the Dominican Republic. Very special because it’s not common to meet a whale shark there. This place is well known for Humpback Whales. (© Christian Schlamann)


As the boss of his flock, this male Mute Swan of Lake Ontario has won countless border disputes with other males. Showing off his spectacular remiges every now and then is a reminder of his absolute dominance over other birds. (© Xuan Zhang)


During summertime, when the ice already melted, Wakhi people migrate to highland pasturage in the Big Pamir in the Wakhan Valley of Afghanistan. Above 4,000 meters above sea level, they stay in the seasonal sheds. This picture depicts a man during meal preparation. When the shed became filled with smoke the only relief he could find was the small hole in the shed roof. (© Guillaume Petermann)


Humpback Whale showing off for me in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Out on an ultimate watch early in the morning, we were awakened by this young juvenile tail slapping. (© Susan Metz)


My mother Playing with her Grand Daughter (Photo and caption by Sahasrangshu Choudhury)


Flame of hand tube fireworks. They are the traditional fireworks of Japan. The event will be the ritual worshipping God. Third Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in July: Gion Matsuri Festival of Yoshida-jinja Shrine (held in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture; Old Tokaido Road, Yoshida-juku, the inn town). In the festival, you can see powerful hand-tube fireworks. (Photo and caption by Hidenobu Suzuki)


On a windy day right after a cyclone passed the far northern Great Barrier Reef I took some friends out to the reef. Never before i saw that many glass fish on this particular coral “bommie.”. Just when I set up my camera, this Napoleon Wrasse swam right through the school of fish, building a living frame. (Photo and caption by Christian Miller)


El fénnec es un animal sorprendentemente fácil de domesticar, que se habitúa fácilmente a vivir con humanos. No obstante, se le considera una especie rara y por ello es ilegal tenerlos como mascota en muchas zonas de su área de distribución. (Photo and caption by José Mingorance)


Glass eel fishing season starts in Japan in the winter. Hunters illuminate the water with a mercury lamp from onboard and scoop up eel gathering in the light with a small net. During the new moon, hunters search for glass eel and wander about with many lights in the estuaries. (Photo and caption by Yusuke Sakai)

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