National Geographic Photography Contest 2009

by Inspiredology

on November 24, 2009

in Photography

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The National Geographic Photography Contest 2009 voting is going on right now!

I have compiled a showcase of some of my favourites from this year’s competition, but be sure to check out the site and vote for your favourites!

The contest is broken down into three categories: People, Places and Nature. Click Here to head over to National Geographic to vote now! Voting ends Dec. 4th.

And if you liked these stunning photos be sure to check out our first National Geographic Photography showcase: 31 National Geographic Photos

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A single lightning strike covers the sky off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, striking in the Chesapeake Bay.

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David Hanson crosses a fallen log beneath soaring trees and a lingering fog in Washington’s Olympic National Park.

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Masjid Selat Melaka is a new landmark in Melaka on the man-made island of Pulau Melaka near Malacca town. Masjid Selat Melaka is built along the coastline of Straits of Malacca, at the water level of the sea. So, in the evening at high tide, Masjid Selat Melaka looks like a floating mosque. This shot was taken on the day of Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

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Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim in front of Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands. Rajan is one of the few elephants in Havelock that can swim, so when he is not dragging timber in the forest he is used as a tourist attraction. The relationship between the mahout and his elephant usually lasts for their entire lives, creating an extremely strong tie between the animal and the human being.

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After a rarely seen spyhopping of a dwarf minke whale the whale slowly descended in my direction and we came close to a 1.5m distance. The shot happened early in the morning around 7 a.m. and it was a rough surface and it was not easy to control my own movement. ISO 200 1/400 f7.1 13mm Tokina fisheye 10-17mm lens Nikon D200 aquatic housing.

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A young snow monkey (Japanese macaque) is warming up in a hot spring in Japan.

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The view from Verdugo Crestline Drive in Tujunga, California, on August 31, 2009

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A dainty tree frog on a bunch of lady’s fingers bananas, from a home garden in Queensland, Australia.

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An adult and juvenile bearded vulture, a threatened species, have a quarrel over territory. This action captured at Giants Castle in the Drakensberg region of Southern Africa.

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Andrew and his friend, a young sperm whale named Scar, were swimming together off the west coast of Dominica. The two of them became “friends” after Andrew saved Scar’s life.

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Taken at 1:22 a.m. on March 11, 2008. My wife and I arrived at the 528 Causeway in Cape Canaveral with our Sony 100a DSLR. With a low, solid, overcast of clouds covering the launch site, they launched. I pushed the shutter and started a 15 second time-lapse exposure! Disaster!!! I ripped the camera off of the tripod, spun the program wheel to anything else and started to squeeze the shutter. I was only able to take two photos as the shuttle Endeavour lifted into the overcast. This is the second one.

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This magnificent spectacle stands in solitude outside of Gerlach, Nevada, quietly marking the passing of time. Layer upon layer building skyward, this leaking geothermal well spews a steady stream of scalding, mineral-laden water.

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After a long day walking all around Paris, heading back to my hotel I could not help but be compelled to capture a truly amazing sunset through the Arc de Triomphe.

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Wild winds and a big tide combine to whip up large waves that thrash against the sea wall. Briefly the sun backlights the tower through sodden air. A hesitant photographer is drawn closer to the fury to chance more than just his camera.

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This shot was taken just before the sunset. The title seems to fit the view as it contains all the basic “elements”: water, earth, and air.

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