National Geographic: 42nd Week in 2012 with Breathtaking Photos [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 2:49am EDT

Check out the National Geographic this week’s most awesome photos – submitted by people just like you.

  • Caterpillar captured at night while eating the leaves. Photo and caption by Mohd Hairul Fiza MusaCaterpillar captured at night while eating the leaves. Photo and caption by Mohd Hairul Fiza Musa
  • This shot was taken during a road trip from Manali to Leh National Highway in India. Photo and caption by Puneet Vikram SinghThis shot was taken during a road trip from Manali to Leh National Highway in India. Photo and caption by Puneet Vikram Singh
  • Cape fur seals are a favorite photographic subject of mine. They are curious and playful but at the same time hard to photograph. When there are hundreds of seals in the water they zoom around at breakneck speeds, their bodies forming strange shapes as they twist and turn. Occasionally a mob of seal pups will take great pleasure in tugging a diver’s fins or bumping a cameraman's strobes, leaving the diver amused but slightly abused. Here a seal takes great pleasure in mouthing my dome port. Photo and caption by Steven BenjaminCape fur seals are a favorite photographic subject of mine. They are curious and playful but at the same time hard to photograph. When there are hundreds of seals in the water they zoom around at breakneck speeds, their bodies forming strange shapes as they twist and turn. Occasionally a mob of seal pups will take great pleasure in tugging a diver’s fins or bumping a cameraman's strobes, leaving the diver amused but slightly abused. Here a seal takes great pleasure in mouthing my dome port. Photo and caption by Steven Benjamin
  • Flying over the Olgas made me feel like landing on the moon, and when I look at this image I still get this “out of this world” feeling. The shot was taken in Central Australia; the formation is called the Olgas. Photo and caption by Ingrid HendriksenFlying over the Olgas made me feel like landing on the moon, and when I look at this image I still get this “out of this world” feeling. The shot was taken in Central Australia; the formation is called the Olgas. Photo and caption by Ingrid Hendriksen
  • Oriental garden lizard caught by my cat. It’s small but shows no fear. Photo and caption by Adzrin bin TaibOriental garden lizard caught by my cat. It’s small but shows no fear. Photo and caption by Adzrin bin Taib
  • Not too far from the daily rush hour campaign one can visit one of nature’s most special environments. Jones Beach, New York, the west end. It’s a perfect host for various birds of prey species throughout the four seasons. Each winter hundreds of birders and photographers travel in search of the snowy owl. Photo and caption by David DillhoffNot too far from the daily rush hour campaign one can visit one of nature’s most special environments. Jones Beach, New York, the west end. It’s a perfect host for various birds of prey species throughout the four seasons. Each winter hundreds of birders and photographers travel in search of the snowy owl. Photo and caption by David Dillhoff
  • Hornet drinking water. Photo and caption by Nachum WeissHornet drinking water. Photo and caption by Nachum Weiss
  • Like guardians, these trees stand in line at the top of Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy, New Zealand. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 17-40 f/4.0L USM @ 17mm, 7 exposures @ f/8.0 (1 EV apart), ISO 50. Photo and caption by Brad GroveLike guardians, these trees stand in line at the top of Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy, New Zealand. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 17-40 f/4.0L USM @ 17mm, 7 exposures @ f/8.0 (1 EV apart), ISO 50. Photo and caption by Brad Grove
  • While photographing lilies in a local swamp a cloud of tadpoles swam by numbering in the thousands, all following along in a trail. Photo and caption by Eiko JonesWhile photographing lilies in a local swamp a cloud of tadpoles swam by numbering in the thousands, all following along in a trail. Photo and caption by Eiko Jones

Check out the National Geographic this week’s most awesome photos – submitted by people just like you. National Geographic compiles the most stunning photos that get snapped and submitted each week for your viewing pleasure. More National Geographic photos here. Submit your own photos on National Geographic’s Your Shot page or vote for your favorite pics here.

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