National Geographic: 50th Week in 2012 with Breathtaking Photos [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 2:45am EDT

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

  • I captured this image on my trip to Hampi. I climbed on the nearby hill called the Mathanga Hill to capture the temple and the landscape during sunset. There were a few monkeys on top of the hill sitting together, but as I kept the tripod and camera in place waiting for the sun to come down, a monkey from the group came walking toward me near my camera and looked at it with curiosity. Photo and caption by GV PrashanthI captured this image on my trip to Hampi. I climbed on the nearby hill called the Mathanga Hill to capture the temple and the landscape during sunset. There were a few monkeys on top of the hill sitting together, but as I kept the tripod and camera in place waiting for the sun to come down, a monkey from the group came walking toward me near my camera and looked at it with curiosity. Photo and caption by GV Prashanth
  • A house in Union Beach, New Jersey, after Superstorm Sandy. Photo and caption by Steve PerrongA house in Union Beach, New Jersey, after Superstorm Sandy. Photo and caption by Steve Perrong
  • Overjoyed squirrel at my feeder! He's a real swinger! Photo and caption by Patti HobbsOverjoyed squirrel at my feeder! He's a real swinger! Photo and caption by Patti Hobbs
  • Hector's dolphins off the coast of New Zealand. Photo and caption by Brittany FinucciHector's dolphins off the coast of New Zealand. Photo and caption by Brittany Finucci
  • Young Australasian grebe riding on its mothers back. Photo and caption by Robert McleanYoung Australasian grebe riding on its mothers back. Photo and caption by Robert Mclean
  • I watched as the beautiful full moon rose at Annapurna base camp, lighting up the entire landscape as if it were daylight. It provided the perfect lighting for this photo as I set up my tripod and shot one of the few majestic 8,000-meter peaks on this planet, surrounded by a starry night backdrop. Photo and caption by Max SeigalI watched as the beautiful full moon rose at Annapurna base camp, lighting up the entire landscape as if it were daylight. It provided the perfect lighting for this photo as I set up my tripod and shot one of the few majestic 8,000-meter peaks on this planet, surrounded by a starry night backdrop. Photo and caption by Max Seigal
  • Took this photo on our trip outside of St. Petersburg, Alaska. The eagle was chilling on an iceberg floating down from the glacier that looked like a swan. It was a calm day with a light rain and the eagle looked at peace. Photo and caption by Mike BuschTook this photo on our trip outside of St. Petersburg, Alaska. The eagle was chilling on an iceberg floating down from the glacier that looked like a swan. It was a calm day with a light rain and the eagle looked at peace. Photo and caption by Mike Busch
  • I spotted this little guy whilst visiting a friend’s farm in Country Australia. We saw that a dam had had a large amount of lilies with tall flowers shooting up, and this tiny frog had decided to perch in one and wait for his dinner. Photo and caption by Jeremy MilneI spotted this little guy whilst visiting a friend’s farm in Country Australia. We saw that a dam had had a large amount of lilies with tall flowers shooting up, and this tiny frog had decided to perch in one and wait for his dinner. Photo and caption by Jeremy Milne

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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