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The 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest is under way with entries being accepted until October 31, 2014. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. The First Place winner in each category (People, Places and Nature) will each receive $2,500 and his/her winning photograph will be published in National Geographic magazine (contest rules here).

Last year the contest received more than 7,000 entries from over 150 countries and this year’s contest has already received almost 2,000 submissions! Our friends at Nat Geo have kindly shared some notable entries from this year’s contest. For all information and to see more, visit the official contest page.

1.ArcticHifive

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© ColinMackenzie / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestTwoPolarbearcubsfullofadrenalineoniceflowinSvalbard.Themotherwasjusttryingtohaveaquietstrollbutthecubswerenothavinganyofthat.Thiswasthemalecubandhejustwassoentertainingtowatch.PhotoLocation:Svalbard

2.AboveBigSur

12_NG_Photo_Contest_2014-09-10_279928_places© DouglasCroft / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestI’dgonetoBigSurtowatchthegraywhalemigrationfromthecliffs,butitwastoofoggytoevenseethewater.IdecidedtohikeuptheBarondaTrailtoseeifIcouldgetabovethefog.Thisviewwasmyreward.Milesoflupineandblueskies.Outstanding!PhotoLocation:BigSur,California

3.20’000LeaguesUnderTheSea

31_NG_Photo_Contest_2014-09-22_281326_people© MarcHenauer / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestThispictureshowagenuineIndustrialDiverSystemsince1895.Itispartofthecollectionofanoldretireddiverwhoworkedduringthe1950swiththisequipmentinLakeGeneva.Theequipmentweighed140poundsandmoreairissuppliedbyapumpactivatedmanuallybytwopersons.Theequipmentispreservedinitsoriginalconditionandworksperfectly.Thisallowedustotryitinrealconditionsandachievethisphoto.PhotoLocation:Geneva,Switzerland

4.Sunward

13_NG_Photo_Contest_2014-09-10_279938_nature© HasanBaglar / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestWhentheMediterraneanMantisopeneditswings,Itseemedveryimpressiveatthesunshine…PhotoLocation:Nicosia,Cyprus

5.BlueAgave

32_NG_Photo_Contest_2014-09-23_281419_nature© AaronFeinberg / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestAhtheAgaveplant.Filledwithamazingpatternsandtextures.ThisparticularsubjectwasagreatfindwhilevisitingSanFrancisco.UsingsomefuntechniquesIwasabletogetthelightjustrightandthedimensionalityoftheplantjustpopped!Itisdefinitelyfuntotakeamomentandgetintimatewithnature.PhotoLocation:SanFrancisco,CA

6.FromtheSky

20_NG_Photo_Contest_2014-09-17_280621_nature© MontseGrillo / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestOnthecoastofTenerifeintheCanaryIslands,wehavequitetheselectionofaffectionategreenturtles(Cheloniamydas).Ifindmyselfdevotingmuchtimetothesecuriouscreatures.Thisturtlewascomingfromthesurfacewiththesunbehindit,andthesunrayssurroundingitgaveitaspecialmajesty.Tenerife(CanaryIslands)SpainCanon7D,Canon8-15mm,SubalHousing,2xSubtronicstrobes.F22,Iso200,1/160.Photolocation:Tenerife(Canaryislands)

7.Atreedreaming

11_NG_Photo_Contest_2014-09-09_279822_nature© ChristianSpencer / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestIntheStrezleckidesertofAustraliaaflockofgalahsreplenishontheonlysmallwateravailableatthebaseofthislonelytree.It’sararephotoopportunitytogetsuchaclearandsymmetricalshotofthesebeautifulbirdsinflightinthemiddleofthedesert.PhotoLocation:Strezleckidesert,Australia

8.Thunderdome

33_NG_Photo_Contest_2014-09-23_281442_places© AaronFeinberg / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestNothingismoreintenseatBurningManthantheThunderdomerunbytheDeathGuild.Everynightbattlesrageoninsidethisdomeascombatantsusefoambatstoassaulteachotherfor3-5minuteswhilethecrowd,oftencoveringthewholedome,cheerson.PhotoLocation:BlackRockCity,NV

9.SearchingforLove

34_NG_Photo_Contest_2014-09-23_281491_nature© SpencerBlack / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestBlueGhostFirefliesinBrevard,NorthCarolina.BlueGhostfirefliesareuniquebecausetheystaylitandonlyhoveraboutafootofftheground.PhotoLocation:Brevard,NorthCarolina

10.Dreamscape

01_NG_Photo_Contest_2014-09-02_279269_places© FrancescoRiccardoIacomino / NationalGeographic2014PhotoContestAstunningsunsetpaintedtheskyovertheJokulsarlonGlacerLagooninSouthIceland.ItwasatypicalcloudydayintheIcelandicsummer.Thedaywasnothopingforanicesunset,butIstilldecidedtogoonthespot,hopingtofinallyseethesunoncethesamehadleftbehindtheclouds.Whenthesunwentdown,infacttheskyburnedoutinanincrediblevanillatone.Thescenewassopeacefulandplacid,soIdecidedtocaptureitwithalongexposure,tobringouttheamazingsenseofoniricpeacethatthisamazingsunsetcreated.Ithasbeenlikelivinginadream.Location:JokulsarlonGlaierLagoon,Iceland

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