12 of the Coolest Entries in the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
The 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest is upon us and they’ve already started getting some pretty amazing submissions. Photographers from around the world are sending in their best images in hopes of winning the grand prize of $10,000 and having their work published in National Geographic magazine. The annual contest is still accepting entries until November 16.
You can check out some of the fantastic photographs submitted so far in the gallery above.
People are sharing wonderful stories of kindness from strangers. Here are some of the most incredible responses.
How one math whiz won the lottery 14 times until they finally figured it out. “Luck had nothing to do with it.”
Woman fights back against cop harassing her 12-year-old nephew for selling his rap CD at the mall. “You’re 12? You’re about to go to jail.”
How I kicked a late-30s slump through meditation. And you can, too. “Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” — Lao Tzu
The internet is outraged at this nail salon for charging 'overweight' people extra. The salon owner has a really lame excuse.
Natalie Portman has some choice words for men who label women ‘crazy.’ It’s one of the “five deadly words” men use to shame women.
Born in 1991 with significant disabilities in all four limbs, Ahmed Kelly was left at a Baghdad orphanage where he spent the majority of the first seven years of his life. He was adopted by an Australian woman, Moira Kelly, and now lives and in
Melbourne. Ahmed finished fourth in the London 2012 Paralympic Games for 50m Breaststroke, and is in great shape to win a medal in twelve months when the Paralympics start in Rio, Brazil.
Photo and caption by Alex Coppel / 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
“Terrace paddies in North Vietnam”
Terrace rice paddies in Tu Le Valley, Yen Bai province, north Vietnam at the beginning of new season. The Hmong people are crossing the fields on their way home at the end of the working day.
Photo and caption by Quynh Anh Nguyen/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
“Morning Prayers, Delhi India”
I was in Delhi for work and went out exploring in the early morning to the Jama Masjid mosque. One guy was sweeping as another came along behind him laying out the prayer rugs. Soon after, this one man came in and started to pray, lined up in the one ray of sunlight.
Photo and caption by Dale Johnson/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
“Sunset Mountain Work”
Nepal is a special place to me for a number of reasons and I was fortunate enough to go back to see the Himalayas on a trek that offers amazing views of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna. The mountain landscape continued to blow my mind!
After a strenuous and exhausting 6 hour trek to Kopra Ridge, I took this photo of Mount Dhaulagiri at sunset. In the foreground, a local Nepalese man is helping usher his mules up the ridge to a nearby eco-lodge that was in the middle of
Photo and caption by Jonathan Abdipranoto/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
“Calbuco, The Awakening.”
Calbuco Volcano is located in the lakes region south of Santiago, Chile's capital city and is one of the 10 most dangerous volcanoes in the country. After more than 40 years of inactivity, the day April 23 the volcano erupts, spewing more than 200 million tons of ash and causing the evacuation of more than 2,000 people. In the picture is seen one of the most violent moments of the eruption, which occurred in the early hours of April 24.
Photo and caption by Francisco Negroni/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
Andrea Grove, a fire performer based in Omaha, Nebraska, practices her hula-hoop routine before her performance at the Lantern Festival on Saturday, August 29, 2015. She travels to events around the Midwest with a group called IncenDance.
I met Andrea by chance. She and her group were tucked away behind a stage preparing for their show. After getting to know them a bit, I asked if I could photograph their practice and stayed with them until dark.
Photo and caption by Calla Kessler/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
“Enchantment of light and shadows”
After the sunset, we saw that fog was forming and hoped that it would not fade away till morning so we set our alarm clock 3 hours before sunrise. Then we drove for two hours to the location and along the road we could see through the trees that the bog was fully covered in fog. We quickly set up our octocopter drone and flew over the trees, the opening view was breathtakingly beautiful-sunrays, fog, shadows, pools.
Photo and caption by Kaiti Lillipuu/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
A young Daasanach fisherman guts and cleans a fish on the Eastern shore of Lake Turkana near the border of Ethiopia and Kenya. The Daasanach are Kenya's second smallest tribe with between 60,000-80,000 members. They are
traditionally nomadic, roaming between the two countries although with continued drought over the last 20 years about 30% have looked to the lake for food and income in fishing.
Photo and caption by Christena Dowsett/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest