These 15 National Geographic Photo Contest Pictures Will Make Your Jaw Drop!

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American photographer Aaron Siskind- “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

A photographer not only captures the reality of the world but make that moment alive forever. Similarly, we have seen in the National Geographic Photo Contest that brings out the best photographers around.

I’m sure your jaw will drop down for a while after watching the soo perfect pictures. So, have a look!

1. Photo and caption credits- Charley Jong

“The mother bird’s feeding time.”

2. Photo and caption credits- Hasan Baglar

“When the Mediterranean Mantis opened its wings, It seemed very impressive at the sunshine…”

3. Photo and caption credits- Colin Mackenzie

“Two Polar bear cubs full of adrenaline on ice-flow in Svalbard. The mother was just trying to have a quiet stroll but the cubs were not having any of that. This was the male cub and he just was so entertaining to watch.”

4. Photo and caption credits- Christian Spencer

“In the Strzelecki desert of Australia, a flock of galahs replenish on the only small water available at the base of this lonely tree. It’s a rare photo opportunity to get such a clear and symmetrical shot of these beautiful birds in flight in the middle of the desert.”

5. Photo and caption credits- Takashi Nakagawa

“I met a man at ‘The Wave’. He was by himself and had a beacon for safety. It’s not easy to go there for sure.”

6. Photo and caption credits- Marc Henauer

“Birds fly over the destroyed houses in Khalidiya district in Homs, Syria. In the vast stillness of the destroyed city centre of Homs, there are large areas where nothing moves. Then, suddenly, the wind blows a ripped awning, or birds fly overhead.”

7. Photo and caption credits- Spencer Black

“Blue Ghost Fireflies in Brevard, North Carolina. Blue Ghost Fireflies are unique because they stay lit and only hover about a foot off the ground.”

8. Photo and caption credits- Sandy Scott

“This osprey had just captured this fish, and I was lucky enough to capture this dramatic shot as he took off with his wings in the angel position, clutching a fish in one talon, and making direct eye contact with me. And then I shot a whole sequence of him making a left turn from here, landing in his nest and sharing his catch with his mate sitting in the nest. I have photographed this osprey often in that he has made his nest in the same spot for four years. His name is Fleck due to a fleck in his right eye at the 7 o’clock position.”

9. Photo and caption credits- Handy Mp

This photo I capture in the early afternoon, the animal species of lemurs fly.”

10. Photos and caption credits- Taylee Parvin

“This pink and brilliant colored Flamingo was caught taking a mid-day break as she nuzzled herself within her feathers amongst the other birds. The beauty is captivating, and there’s a sense of peace and tranquillity seen in her eyes.”

11. Photo and caption credits- Aaron Baggenstos

“Can you guess what happened next?”

12. Photo and caption credits- Matthew Smith

“Despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful creature. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting and composition. After strong NE winds, hundreds of these cnidaria are blown into the bays around my hometown and trapped overnight, enabling me to get my shots. Post processing is limited to colour temp and small amounts of burning. Also slightly cropped.”

13. Photo and caption credits- Lorenzo Mittiga

“Unexpected underwater encounter with a Green Iguana. I was attempting to take some over under sunset shots in a semi-submerged cave in Bonaire when a Green Iguana swam toward my dome with an inquisitive doing. Just in front of my lens, she came up to the surface to take a quick breathe…”

14. Photo and caption credits- Montse Grillo


“On the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we have quite the selection of affectionate green turtles (Chelonia mydas). “I find myself devoting much time to these curious creatures. This turtle was coming from the surface with the sun behind it, and the sun rays surrounding it gave it a special majesty.”

15. Photo and caption credits- Dave Kan


“I was finishing up a photo shoot when a wild kangaroo appeared out of nowhere and bounded onto the lake, as if walking on water. This, along with the picturesque sunset combined to create an absolute visual treat!”
Image courtesy: National Geographic

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