National Geographic: 52nd Week in 2012 with Breathtaking Photos [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 7:15am EDT

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

  • “Bet you can't find me hiding behind this big bush!” Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge“Bet you can't find me hiding behind this big bush!” Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge
  • South America. Photo and caption by Pablo RincunSouth America. Photo and caption by Pablo Rincun
  • A wave so clear that it looked like it turned into ice. Photo and caption by Marcelo FaleiroA wave so clear that it looked like it turned into ice. Photo and caption by Marcelo Faleiro
  • This adult Japanese macaque paused while striding across the stones at the hot springs in Japan's Jigokudani Monkey Park. He and the other macaques were very much living up to their common name, snow monkey, on this wintry morning in early December, playing and foraging in the snow, then dipping themselves into the hot springs as snowflakes swirled around them. Photo and caption by Emily DahlThis adult Japanese macaque paused while striding across the stones at the hot springs in Japan's Jigokudani Monkey Park. He and the other macaques were very much living up to their common name, snow monkey, on this wintry morning in early December, playing and foraging in the snow, then dipping themselves into the hot springs as snowflakes swirled around them. Photo and caption by Emily Dahl
  • I was at Gir sanctuary and we decided to hike near our cottage at night. We found a turtle near a pond that I started photographing. We suddenly noticed an eye coming out of the water by the back of the turtle. It was a baby crocodile, just six feet away. I changed the angle of my macro lens and started shooting. I got only two photographs before he vanished. Photo and caption by Bhavya JoshiI was at Gir sanctuary and we decided to hike near our cottage at night. We found a turtle near a pond that I started photographing. We suddenly noticed an eye coming out of the water by the back of the turtle. It was a baby crocodile, just six feet away. I changed the angle of my macro lens and started shooting. I got only two photographs before he vanished. Photo and caption by Bhavya Joshi
  • A storm was coming at me during the final stages of a fireworks show. With an exposure time of six seconds, I pushed the remote button just as I heard the launch of the firework. Lucky for me, several lightning bolts struck in the background, causing beautiful purple colors in the sky just as the firework blasted. Photo and caption by Steven ValentiA storm was coming at me during the final stages of a fireworks show. With an exposure time of six seconds, I pushed the remote button just as I heard the launch of the firework. Lucky for me, several lightning bolts struck in the background, causing beautiful purple colors in the sky just as the firework blasted. Photo and caption by Steven Valenti
  • Even though this is a tame hawk, it still possesses the wow factor! A perfectly timed picture of a red-tailed hawk eating a mouse whole. Is the mouse jumping into the hawk’s mouth? I leave that up to the viewer to decide. Photo and caption by Michael RowlandsonEven though this is a tame hawk, it still possesses the wow factor! A perfectly timed picture of a red-tailed hawk eating a mouse whole. Is the mouse jumping into the hawk’s mouth? I leave that up to the viewer to decide. Photo and caption by Michael Rowlandson
  • The Colosseum of Rome is reflected in a puddle after a morning of rain. Photo and caption by Alex CoppelThe Colosseum of Rome is reflected in a puddle after a morning of rain. Photo and caption by Alex Coppel

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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