The National Geographic is currently having a photo competition with a beautiful selection of photographs from all over the world. They've divided the photos into three galleries; People, Places and Nature and you have a chance to vote for your favorites. You can win up to $10,000 (!) and your picture featured in their magazine. Deadline for submissions is November 30th 2010. I better tell my sister quick as she is an ace photographer. If you want to check out her stuff: CLICK HERE.
For more information about the competition CLICK HERE
To vote for your favorite pictures CLICK HERE
I've a very visual person, therefore it would only be natural that I sometimes think that pictures do say it better than words, especially in reminding us what a beautiful, vibrant and creative planet we live on. Below I have picked out some of my favorite photos from the competition and briefly explained why (so you can get to know me better!).
Thanks to my boyfriend, Alex, who is an avid birdwatcher, in the last few years I've really started to appreciate the beauty of birds and marvel at the vast species there are. I'm actually becoming pretty good at identifying some!
Photo by Min-hsiung Huang
Photo by Linh Dinh
Photo by Glen Hush
Photo by Williams Perera
Growing up in Greece you're never far from the ocean and even today the ocean and all its inhabitants hold a special place in my heart. I particularly love whales.
Photo by Simon Pidcock
Photo by Freddy Cerdeira
Photo by João Vianna
These pictures below can be very scary and daunting, reminding us at the power and force of nature. They also show us the delicate ever present beauty of nature. Creatures, places, colour combinations we never could have dreamt of.
Photo and caption by Sean Heavey
A supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset.
Praying Mantis - Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii
Photo by Fred Turck
Gecko on Oahu, Hawaii
Photo by Melissa Hamblin
The captions say it all...