National Geographic Photo Contest

27 Oct 2014 - Dina Kabbani

The iconic magazine releases some of its best entries so far.

With the deadline for entries of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest drawing closer, the iconic magazine has released some of the best entries so far. From breathtaking images of natural disasters and wildlife in their natural habitats, professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe are competing for the chamce to win $10,000 and a trip to the magazine’s headquarters for its annual photography seminar. Here are just some of this year’s best picks…

Marc Henauer – “Off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, great white sharks gather to feed on sea lions. It is an ideal place to observe these majestic animals in their natural state. Far from what is seen in Hollywood movies, the great white shark remains fearful of man and is not easily approached.” 

Nathan Stone – “This picture was taken in South Africa. We went on a safari and this lion got stuck in a tree while watching his family walk off in the distance.” 

Kristjan Madalvee – “Lightning in Vergi Port, Estonia.” 

Eduardo Lopez Negrete – “While on a trip to unhook live sharks from fishermen’s longlines, we were lucky enough to run into a massive school of mobula rays. The rays were moving quite fast and it was hard enough keeping up with them from the surface, let alone dive down to take a closer look. This photo was taken freediving to a depth of about 60 ft. in Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico.” 

Erez Marom – “Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to shoot the Holuhraun volcanic eruption in Iceland. After several days waiting for good flying weather, I got my OK and went on the helicopter. I was incredibly lucky to have both a spectacular pink sunset and a new, red-hot lava formation in the foreground. I must have driven the helicopter pilot crazy going over this segment again and again, but in the end, I got what I wanted!”

Rupert Preifller – “Madagascans with their boats, trying to trade some goods with the people on a cruise ship. Jeans, sweets, t-shirts are wanted, in exchange for crabs, fresh fruits and fish. They stayed the whole day, shouting and waving up to the people on the ship.” 

Ben Leshchinsky – “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.”