2012 National Geographic Photo Contest winners
Eager to see the 15 best pictures of 2012 awarded by the National Geographic photo contest?
Nature, people and places. 15 pictures considered the best ones of the last year. Take a look to them and enjoy the variety of our world.
GRAND-PRIZE WINNER & NATURE WINNER
Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent
The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioural shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favourably on me that day!
Photo and caption by Fransisca Harlijanto.
I was surrounded by thousands of fish that moved in synchrony because of the predation that was happening. It was an incredible experience.
Photo and caption by Jason Ching.
This photo of a wild, Alaskan, brown bear digging on a game trail was taken with a home made motion controlled triggering device hooked up to my DSLR.
Photo and caption by Eric Guth.
Glacial ice washes ashore after calving off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier on Iceland’s eastern coast. During the waning light of summer this image was created over the course of a 4 minute exposure while the photographer backlit the grounded glacial ice with a headlamp for 2 of those 4 minutes.
Photo and caption by Micheal Eastman.
With his exceptional hearing a red fox has targeted a mouse hidden under 2 feet of crusted snow. Springing high in the air he breaks through the crusted spring snow with his nose and his body is completely vertical as he grabs the mouse under the snow.
VIEWER’S CHOICE NATURE WINNER
Photo and caption by Sanjeev Bhor.
Everyday in mara starts with something new and different and day ends with memorable experiences with spectacular photographs. I was very lucky of sighting and photographing Malaika the name of female Cheetah and her cub. She is well known for its habit to jump on vehicles. She learned that from her mother Kike, and Kike from her mother Amber. Like her mother she is teaching lessons to her cub. Teaching lessons means addition of another moment for tourist. This is one of the tender moment between Malaika and her cub. I was very lucky to capture that moment.
These were the winners for the Nature category. You can check all categories and pictures here.